Support Centers which apply measures designed to break down the barriers that hinder the inclusion of people with disabilities in our society.
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.
Depending on the centre where volunteers will be hosted the various activities and tasks may include:
The centre may work with:
After the initial orientation, you will have a morning, afternoon and/or evening shift at your placement and will work for approximately 4 to 6 hours per day. Please note that start times and daily workload depends on the project that you are participating on - some placements run in the afternoon and volunteers on these placements will have the morning free. You may, therefore, plan daily activities which could include sightseeing tours, shopping or Italian language lessons.
Example of a typical day (Monday to Friday; weekends are usually off):
09:00 AM Starting at selected placement
1:00 PM Lunch break (Lunch may be offered at selected locations
1:30 - 4:00 PM Regular office hours
After 4:00 PM Leisure time
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.
The cheapest option is a dormitory with 4 beds. There are also double or single rooms that can be rented at an extra cost.
All the rooms have their own private bathroom.
Basic Breakfast (coffee, tea, milk, jam, honey, corn flakes, juice fruit). Meals are avalaible on demand at an extra cost.
Volunteers in Naples generally find US$ 100 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses. Food is cheap in Naples: you can get an entire pizza margherita for $3.5 - $4.5!