The program orientation in Rome begins on the second and fourth Monday of each month and lasts for a full day. Volunteers need to arrive in Rome on the Sunday before orientation.
After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) or Ciampino–G.B. Pastine International Airport (CIA). Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee. Australian travellers do not require a visa to enter Italy for a duration of 90 days.
When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by the local team’s driver and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Rome, where you will be met by a member of the local team. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.
If you are travelling in Italy prior to your volunteer program and arriving overland, we can arrange for you to be picked up at 2pm from a central railway station in Rome. If you are scheduled to arrive overland after 2pm on Sunday, you will need to arrange your own accommodation for this night, and transportation to the local team’s office in time for orientation on Monday.
Orientation is hosted by our Italy team in Rome. It begins the morning of your chosen start date and lasts for a full day. The orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Rome – Introduction to Italy, Culture and Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities, Introduction to Project and Placement as well as a tour of the local area. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers with whom you can swap contact details for weekend travel and socialising.
Your specific placement orientation will be held the following day and you will be shown how to travel to and from your placement, receive an introduction to your placement, and then complete a few hours of volunteering.