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Volunteer Abroad Programs - Volunteer in Italy

Volunteer in Italy

Volunteer in Italy with International Volunteer HQ on a wide range of volunteer abroad projects including Teaching, After School Care, Environmental, Creative Technologies and Inclusive Agriculture. Volunteer opportunities in Italy are based in the capital, Rome, or the coastal city of Naples.

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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 6 meaningful project options
  • Projects based in and around Rome and Naples
  • Accommodation in a volunteer apartment in Naples or in a dormitory-style camp in Rome
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from US$575 (approximately AU$824) for 1 week
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in Italy each month

I went into this adventure as a blank canvas, meeting new people and new experiences and have came out with an incredible painting of friendship, confidence, freedom, love and a deeper understanding. IVHQ in Naples really has changed my life - thank you so much!

IVHQ Volunteer - Melinda Jenkins
Melinda Jenkins
Nationality: Australian
Age: 24
Destination: Italy

Volunteer opportunities in Italy

After School Care in Naples
Volunteer on the After School Care project with IVHQ in Italy, Naples
Apply now. This project is accepting applications for 2021

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Awesome variety of volunteer tasks

Help to organise and run after school programs for underprivileged children in Naples, creating a fun and productive environment with activities and educational support.

Suited to:
College students Solo travelers Spring break Gap year Qualified volunteers

After School Care in

In areas of Naples, local children often spend their free time on the streets, without any adult supervision or opportunities for constructive activities. As a volunteer on the After School Care project in Italy, you’ll provide care and the chance to build on their education with after school activities.

Volunteers help to organise and run after school workshops and educational activities, incorporating music, art, cooking, sports, games and leisure activities. While some basic resources are available, you’ll need to use your initiative and creativity to arrange activities - if you’re able to bring your own resources, it’ll make things much easier.

After school care volunteer in Naples with IVHQ

This project is well suited to volunteers who enjoy working with children and supporting youth development outside the classroom. Strong organisational skills and the ability to improvise will be highly valuable on this project, as providing care to children in an unstructured environment can be challenging. However, the children are incredibly enthusiastic and grateful for the opportunity to learn from international volunteers.

As the project runs in the afternoon, you will have mornings free to plan for the day’s work. You will be volunteering alongside our local placement staff so you don’t need to be qualified or have teaching experience to join this project. Many students are new to learning English, so you should expect a language barrier at times. You’re welcome to take advantage of Italian language lessons offered by your local team, which will help you to communicate.

Please note that if you apply for the After School Care project during the school holidays (June - September), you’ll spend your time helping on a holiday camp.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Help on after school programs for students from underprivileged communities
  • Assist with workshops and activities, helping students to learn and have fun
  • Suited to volunteers who enjoy working with children and teenagers
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Italy at a glance
    Also available in Italy
    Our project options
    After School Care Volunteer Project in Naples - Italy Creative Technologies Volunteering in Rome - Italy Environmental Volunteering in Naples - Italy Inclusive Agriculture Volunteering in Rome - Italy Teaching English Volunteer Program in Naples - Italy Teaching English Volunteering in Rome - Italy
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    Creative Technologies in Rome
    Volunteer on the Creative Technologies project with IVHQ in Rome, Italy
    Apply now. This project is accepting applications for 2021

    Supports community development

    4-6 hours volunteering per day

    Requires prior experience

    Assist in a local NGO working across a range of humanitarian and environmental initiatives, such as social inclusion, anti-racism, animal protection and environmental conservation.

    Suited to:
    Gap year Spring break Solo travelers Qualified volunteers

    Creative Technologies in

    This is a high-impact volunteer project where volunteers with technical-digital skills can make a difference in supporting causes which NGOs in Rome are fighting for. These include, but are not limited to; social inclusion, anti-racism, animal protection and environmental conservation. For many of these NGOs communication is the key to obtaining donations, raising awareness, and making local citizens more active in these causes.

    As a volunteer with experience in the digital and marketing sector, you can help these NGOs increase their reach and exposure, develop websites, design marketing material, capture film and video of their activities and create social media campaigns. This is all done while also expanding your own portfolio and learning more about the social and environmental issues facing Rome.

    Creative Technologies Volunteering in Rome, Italy with IVHQ.

    Volunteers with a range of skills can assist on the Creative Technologies project:

    • Experienced website developers can help create or update websites incorporating relevant content and media to support charitable initiatives
    • Graphic designers can help to create a range of marketing materials - such as flyers, print advertisements, website content, social media posts or logos and e-books
    • Volunteers with experience in videography or film can create promotional videos or documentaries
    • Photography lovers can help NGOs in documenting their activities, creating catalogues, and providing images for social media and marketing material

    If you have a preference in regards to the type of NGO you would like to work with, please note this in your application when you apply and we will do our best to match you to that focus area. These NGOs generally won’t have an abundance of resources available, so volunteers need to provide their own laptops, design software (Adobe Creative Suite or equivalent) and/or camera equipment in order to participate on this project. Volunteers will be required to have prior skills, so please ensure you include all relevant qualifications and/or experience in your application.

    Project Highlights
    What you need to know
    • Provide support to local NGOs helping them to increase their reach and exposure
    • NGOs include those focused on social inclusion, anti-racism, animal protection and environmental conservation
    • Help to develop websites, design marketing material or making film and videos
    • Suitable for skilled professional volunteers, or those with relevant marketing experience
    • Volunteer for up to 6 hours per day
    Destination Highlights
    Italy at a glance
      Also available in Italy
      Our project options
      After School Care Volunteer Project in Naples - Italy Creative Technologies Volunteering in Rome - Italy Environmental Volunteering in Naples - Italy Inclusive Agriculture Volunteering in Rome - Italy Teaching English Volunteer Program in Naples - Italy Teaching English Volunteering in Rome - Italy
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      Environmental in Naples
      Environmental volunteers in Naples, Italy with IVHQ
      Apply now. This project is accepting applications for 2021

      Conserves the environment

      3-5 hours volunteering per day

      Hands-on volunteer experience

      Assist local NGOs with preserving and maintaining natural sites of significance, including UNESCO Heritage sites.

      Suited to:
      Independent travelers Spring Break Gap year Active volunteers

      Environmental in

      Naples is home to many historical and UNESCO World Heritage sites, but they need regular maintenance and attention to be in their best condition. It’s important they are properly conserved for both historical value and to help to stimulate the natural economy by attracting visitors, and volunteers play a significant role in enabling this to be done properly.

      As an Environmental volunteer, you’ll be placed with a local Environmental NGO, helping with a range of tasks including the preservation of archaeological ruins or protected marine life, farming and bio-construction as well as supporting the NGO with administration, organising and running community workshops, conferences, outreaches and research.

      Environmental volunteer in Naples, Italy with IVHQ

      Your exact tasks will vary depending on the specific NGO you’re assisting, but can include cleaning monuments, protecting restricted areas of national parks, event planning, litter collection, helping with administration and farming. Please note, all volunteer work is dependent on the weather. If the weather requires work to be cancelled, you can either have a free day or help out on another project.

      This project is well suited to volunteers with high energy levels and an interest in environmental preservation, as you can expect long days of physically rewarding work.

      To participate on this project, you must be 18 or older and able to commit to a minimum duration of 3 weeks. Please include your skills and motivations for volunteering in your application so that our local team can arrange a suitable placement for you. Please note, you’ll need to be a strong swimmer to volunteer in marine preservation, and it’s not available during winter months (November - March).

      Project Highlights
      What you need to know
      • Help to maintain and preserve important natural sites around Naples
      • Assist environmental NGOs with restorations, cleaning, event planning and general support
      • Suitable for those who like being outdoors and using your hands
      • Minimum duration of 3 weeks
      • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
      Destination Highlights
      Italy at a glance
        Also available in Italy
        Our project options
        After School Care Volunteer Project in Naples - Italy Creative Technologies Volunteering in Rome - Italy Environmental Volunteering in Naples - Italy Inclusive Agriculture Volunteering in Rome - Italy Teaching English Volunteer Program in Naples - Italy Teaching English Volunteering in Rome - Italy
        Other programs you might like
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        Inclusive Agriculture in Rome
        Volunteer on the Inclusive Agriculture project with IVHQ in Rome, Italy
        Apply now. This project is accepting applications for 2021

        Supports community development

        3-5 hours volunteering per day

        Hands-on volunteer experience

        Volunteer alongside asylum seekers in one of Rome’s historic parks. Assist in the cultivation of vegetable gardens, caring for plant nurseries, maintaining a botanical collection of Mediterranean plants, urban gardens and supporting with manufacturing and craft activities.

        Suited to:
        Gap year Spring break Solo travelers Active volunteers College students

        Inclusive Agriculture in

        The Inclusive Agriculture project gives volunteers an opportunity to experience a piece of the Rome countryside while supporting a social integration model and assisting with a range of seasonal tasks. The goal of this project is to maximize production and help with the care of vegetables and aromatic plants in the garden while also empowering the acquisition of professional skills for asylum seekers working with you.

        As a volunteer you’ll be working in one of Rome’s historic parks, helping cultivate the vegetable garden, the nursery built inside it, the botanical collection of Mediterranean plants, the urban garden and the laboratory of manufacturing and craft activities, and so much more. This is a hands-on project based on multiculturalism, sustainability and ecology, where you’ll be working in the field often side by side with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, as well as with people with mental and motor disabilities, the elderly and even with children.

        Inclusive Agriculture Volunteering in Rome, Italy with IVHQ.

        This project is suited to hands-on volunteers who care about functional, sustainable and ecological solutions applied to models of social inclusion. Volunteer activities range according to the season and current tasks but you can expect a range of the following:

        • Planting, weeding, watering and general care for the garden which hosts a collection of plants typical to the Mediterranean area
        • Cultivating and harvesting vegetables and legumes in the large garden
        • Craft workshop activities creating objects of various designs using waste or recyclable materials
        • Urban beekeeping and honey production
        • Taking care of farm animals
        • Multi-ethnic cooking sessions
        • Supporting the association during events and with the sale of their handicraft and food products, etc.
        • Running playful design workshops for children
        • Urban redevelopment interventions, entirely with recycled material

        The profits resulting from these activities (when present) go the projects in which the refugees are involved, as well as to other local non-profits associations involved in supporting social issues.

        As your tasks will vary based on the season, you should be open to helping out in whatever kind of activity is prioritized while you’re there. This project has a minimum duration requirement of two weeks.

        Project Highlights
        What you need to know
        • Support a social integration model by assisting with a range of seasonal tasks
        • Volunteer to help maximize production of the gardens while also caring for the garden, vegetables and other plants
        • Empower the acquisition of professional skills for the asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and those with special needs
        • Suited to hands-on volunteers who care about functional, sustainable, and ecological solutions applied to models of social inclusion
        • Minimum duration of 2 weeks
        • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
        Destination Highlights
        Italy at a glance
          Also available in Italy
          Our project options
          After School Care Volunteer Project in Naples - Italy Creative Technologies Volunteering in Rome - Italy Environmental Volunteering in Naples - Italy Inclusive Agriculture Volunteering in Rome - Italy Teaching English Volunteer Program in Naples - Italy Teaching English Volunteering in Rome - Italy
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          Teaching English in Naples
          Volunteer on the Teaching English project in Naples, Italy with IVHQ
          Apply now. This project is accepting applications for 2021

          Increases access to education

          3-5 hours volunteering per day

          Guided volunteer experience

          Volunteer in public schools or on after school programs, helping local staff to teach English to students between the ages of 6-18.

          Suited to:
          Teachers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Mature volunteers Gap year College students Backpackers

          Teaching English in

          Naples has a high student drop-out rate, with many young people choosing to leave school early in favour of finding work on the streets. Volunteers can make a big difference to make education appealing and valuable to students who may otherwise leave school.

          Volunteer English teachers either assist local teachers during the day at a public school, or work on an after school program, organising activities and workshops to help students aged between 6-18 improve their English language. Here, you’ll either assist a local teacher or host classes in pairs with another volunteer.

          In both cases, you should expect most students to be new to learning English. Your lessons will generally be teaching the basics of the language, and you’ll have a local curriculum to help guide your lesson planning in this regard. You may also want to take advantage of the Italian language lessons offered by our local team to help you communicate with students.

          Teaching English volunteer Italy, Naples with IVHQ

          This project is well suited to volunteers who are passionate about working with young learners to help improve their English language skills, while also developing their interests and life ambitions.

          As you will be volunteering alongside our local team and placement staff, you don’t need to have teaching experience to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course to learn how to gain an internationally-recognised TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

          Please note that if you apply for the Teaching English project during the summer holidays (June-September), you will be switched to a special summer camp project. During this time, you’ll provide support in creating opportunities for children, some of whom are recent migrants to Naples, to learn English.

          You can expect to assist with activities​ ​including sports and the arts, playing games, accompanying the children on visits to cultural sites and helping them with their English. Most activities take place outdoors, rather than a classroom.

          Project Highlights
          What you need to know
          • Help to teach English to local students
          • Volunteer in public schools or on after school programs
          • Volunteer under the supervision of a local teacher or in volunteer pairs
          • Suited to volunteers interested in education and teaching English
          • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
          Destination Highlights
          Italy at a glance
            Also available in Italy
            Our project options
            After School Care Volunteer Project in Naples - Italy Creative Technologies Volunteering in Rome - Italy Environmental Volunteering in Naples - Italy Inclusive Agriculture Volunteering in Rome - Italy Teaching English Volunteer Program in Naples - Italy Teaching English Volunteering in Rome - Italy
            Other programs you might like
            Our programs in Europe
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            Teaching English in Rome
            Volunteer on the Teaching English project with IVHQ in Rome, Italy
            Apply now. This project is accepting applications for 2021

            Increases access to education

            3 hours volunteering per day

            Guided volunteer experience

            Volunteer in local NGOs facilitating language lessons for a range of community members including children, youth, adults and the elderly.

            Suited to:
            Gap year Teachers Spring break Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Mature volunteers College students Backpackers

            Teaching English in

            Within Italy there are several communities that, due to poor education and economic resources, do not have access to or a correct approach to the study of English. This often leads to a lack of opportunities for those born into poorer neighbourhoods. The Teaching English project provides access to language lessons for a variety of different people, including children, youth, adults and the elderly.

            As a Teaching English volunteer, you can expect to work within a local NGO providing access to education for these groups. You will help with structuring the education programming according to the needs of the individuals who attend as well as the objectives of the NGO you are going to support. You should plan to lead lessons and educational activities for students who range in ability. English is by far the most common language being taught but if you are fluent in another language, and there is interest from locals to learn it, you may also be able to teach that.

            Teaching English Volunteering in Rome, Italy with IVHQ.

            Depending on the students you are assigned, the focus of your lessons will change:

            • With children and youth, you can alternate theoretical lessons with recreational and/or sports activities in English
            • With adults, you will focus on vocabulary to assist in a certain sector such as tourism, administration, health, and more, depending on their professional or personal needs
            • With the elderly, you can have fun teaching them basic vocabulary and creating handcraft activities or other projects that make them feel active, loved, and useful in their community

            This project is well suited to aspiring teachers who would like to extend their teaching skills abroad as well as any volunteers interested in a cultural exchange that involves teaching language to those in need. As you will be volunteering with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you do not need to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate on this project. However, we encourage you to come prepared by completing some relevant training such as a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our online TEFL course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

            This project has a minimum duration requirement of two weeks.

            Project Highlights
            What you need to know
            • Help teach English to local students of all ages, from young children to the elderly
            • Volunteer with NGOs facilitating language lessons to those in need
            • Lead a classroom for students who range in ability
            • Suitable for volunteers interested in education and passionate about teaching English
            • Minimum duration of 2 weeks
            • Volunteer for up to 3 hours per day
            Destination Highlights
            Italy at a glance
              Also available in Italy
              Our project options
              After School Care Volunteer Project in Naples - Italy Creative Technologies Volunteering in Rome - Italy Environmental Volunteering in Naples - Italy Inclusive Agriculture Volunteering in Rome - Italy Teaching English Volunteer Program in Naples - Italy Teaching English Volunteering in Rome - Italy
              Other programs you might like
              Our programs in Europe
              Belgium Croatia Greece Italy Portugal Romania Spain All Europe
              • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organisation in Italy to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
              • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Italy will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
              • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
              • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
              • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organisations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
              • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travellers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
              • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Italy with your new-found friends.

              How to get started

              Pick a destination + project and apply for free
              Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
              Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
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