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International Napoli Network

Special Needs

Napoli, Italy

Volunteers will assist with daily tasks in a special needs center for young adults such as creative workshops, desk support or helping in therapy & educational services.

The Volunteer's Role

Italy is currently in the process of reforming the legislative provisions addressing issues that affect people with disabilities. Nevertheless, structural shortcomings still exist especially for what concerns access to basic services that may enhance their capacity to self mobility and independent living, economic self-sufficiency as well as health outcomes.  The burden of this ineffective integration inevitably falls on the families of the individuals with disabilities. A stronger commitment is needed for both individuals affected by disabilities and families that support them.

A disability is not necessarily an inescapable condition resulting from pre-existing health issues. It is also a consequence of the negative interaction with an inhospitable and hostile environment. Any innovative initiative requires measures designed to break down the barriers that hinder the inclusion on a daily basis of people affected by disabilities within our society.

Special Needs organisations intend to focus not only on people with disabilities, but also on those who interact daily with them, such as teachers and parents, friends and colleagues. The aim is to create a best practice that can be duplicated overtime in order to ease the issues associated with these conditions. This approach depicts a multifaceted, non-partial and educational development method made readily available to those who have a disability and also to those who want to interact effectively with them.

Possible Tasks

Depending on the centre where volunteers will be hosted the various activities and tasks may include:

  • Support to services provided to the centre's guests such as psychotherapy, neuro-psychomotor therapy, educational training
  • Support, partecipation or teaching in artistic or creative workshops (e.g. theatre, music and handcrafting), activities supporting the development of an enhanced personal autonomy and/or recreational activities

  • Desk support in communication, marketing and fundraising with activities such as web editing, social media management, campaigning, content production and grant making activities

The centre works with:

  • Primary, Middle and High School students
  • Local Health Authorities
  • Rehabilitation Centres
  • Neuro-psychiatrists, psychotherapists, neuro-psychomotor therapists, speech therapists and psychologists; new professionals with socio-cultural mediation experience
  • Professionals and experts in the areas of education, labour, sports, music therapy and those who are specialised in applying therapeutic and integration processes applied to working and social environments


Typical day

After the initial orientation, volunteers have a morning or afternoon shift on placement and will work for approximately 4 to 6 hours per day. 

Free-time activities

Volunteers have the weekends off to explore Naples and Italy. Italy is universally recognised for its history, art, culture, cuisine and natural beauty, so there is absolutely no shortage of things to see and do while in Naples or further afield in Italy! Naples has many UNESCO World Heritage sites and volunteers can fill their free time visiting the many historical sites and attractions, tasting the amazing cuisine, sipping espresso in the many café and bars or simply exploring parts of Naples by wandering through the beautiful alleys. Rome, home to the Colosseum, Vatican and Sistine Chapel, is just an hour away from Naples by train, and the ancient ruins of Pompeii or the gorgeous island of Capri are also just 45 minutes away. Nature lovers can hike the nearby Mt. Vesuvius and visit the beautiful Almalfi Coast to complete the “Walk of the Gods”. Volunteers staying for longer durations, or who wish to travel before or after their program, can visit areas further afield in Italy including; Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence, Milan, Pisa and so much more! Volunteers can make travel arrangements once in Naples, with the advice and guidance of our local staff.


Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently) and Italian (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Social Sciences, Social Services, Medicine, Liberal Arts at High School/University level
Required Documents
Resume and cover letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- Essential skills include an open mind and a desire to help and learn
- Creative skills or knowledge are an asset for specific training programs: music/art therapists, sporting coaches, horticulturists, carpenters, chefs etc.
- This project is well suited to volunteers who are highly motivated and self-driven and those who would like to gain work experience
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 14:00 - 18:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at International Napoli Network are happy to help you.

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Accommodation, basic breakfast, support and supervision by local team are included in the fee. Also  work insurance is provided by the organisation.

Accommodation

The accommodation is located in the central area of the historical centre of Naples, close to all facilities, metro stations, restaurants, cafés and shops. It consists in dormitory style rooms for maximum 8 volunteers, a gendered bathroom, common kitchen or kitchenette and a terrace with a gorgeous view of the city. There are also double or single rooms with their own private bathroom that can be booked at an extra cost.


Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Basic Breakfast (coffee, tea, milk, jam, honey, corn flakes, biscuit bread). Meals are available on demand at an extra cost.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Naples International Airport (NAP) in Naples. We assist you to find cheap flights to Italy.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Italy provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Italy you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Italy.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$725.00
5 weeks
$860.00
6 weeks
$995.00
7 weeks
$1,130.00
8 weeks
$1,265.00
9 weeks
$1,400.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,805.00
Average fees
$166.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Napoli/Italy between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. International Napoli Network will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Italy.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with International Napoli Network during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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