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Content Creator For Impact Volunteering in Italy - Rome

Content Creator For Impact Volunteering in Italy - Rome

Intrigued by the idea of being a Content Creator For Impact volunteer in Italy - Rome? International Volunteer HQ’s Content Creator For Impact project gives volunteers with technical and digital skills the opportunity to use them to make a meaningful difference. Volunteers will assist NGOs in Rome who are fighting for causes like social inclusion, anti-racism, animal protection, disability awareness and environmental conservation. Their help with communication can be the key to obtaining donations, raising awareness, and making local citizens more active in these causes.

Highlights:
  • Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
  • Affordable fees from AU$2584 for 2 weeks
  • Includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Help local NGOs increase their reach and get their messages out there

  • Discover Rome’s legendary beauty and culture

  • Stay at an eco-friendly lodge not far from Vatican City

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Once you have secured your place, join regular video calls to meet your Program Manager and other volunteers before your trip.

Key information

Support the community through NGO initiatives
Based with NGOs in Rome
Dormitory-style camping lodge
Volunteers aged 18+
Fully hosted experience from AU$2584 for 2 weeks
Durations from 2 - 12 weeks
Explore Rome’s stunning architecture
Up to 5 hours volunteering a day

This program is ideal for:

Volunteers with technical skills and experience in website development and management, graphic design, videography, photography, film, digital and marketing or related fields. You’ll also need to be able to bring your own equipment including laptops, design software (Adobe Creative Suite or equivalent) and/or camera equipment.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

This is a high-impact volunteer project where volunteers with technical and digital skills can make a difference by supporting important causes which NGOs in Rome are fighting for. These include but are not limited to: social inclusion, anti-racism, animal protection, disability awareness and environmental conservation.

As a Content Creator For Impact 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.

Volunteers with a range of skills can assist on the Content Creator For Impact 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.

Volunteers will be required to have prior skills, so please ensure you include all relevant qualifications and/or experience in your application.

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities

Covid-19 has deepened existing inequalities, hitting disadvantaged and minority communities the hardest. To reduce inequalities, we must provide better services and support to refugees, migrants, indigenous peoples and people with disabilities.

Why do Content Creator For Impact volunteering in Rome with IVHQ?

When you volunteer on the Content Creator For Impact project in Rome you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Supporting the mandate and operations of local NGOs
  • Helping raise awareness of important issues
  • Practicing your Italian
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining experience in your field
  • Immersing yourself in Italian culture
  • Discovering the ancient history of Rome

Volunteer requirements

  • To join the Content Creator For Impact project you must have technical skills, qualifications or experience in website development and management, graphic design, videography, photography, film, digital and marketing or related fields. You’ll also need to be able to bring your own equipment including laptops, design software (Adobe Creative Suite or equivalent) and/or camera equipment
  • Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate in this program. If you are under the age of 18, IVHQ offers alternative volunteer opportunities for teens. Visit our High School Volunteer Abroad page to learn more
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English
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Once you have secured your place, join regular video calls to meet your Program Manager and other volunteers before your trip.

What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Susannah Salcedo
26 Mar 2024

While in Rome I met the most incredible people, from the coordinators that really showed up for me and helped me adjust to the new environment, to the on-site ladies who taught us our way around our accommodation and volunteer projects, to the awe inspiring friends I met who volunteered alongside me. I adore everything about Rome and will forever be grateful for the experiences I was lucky enough to have there, I think this trip was put together very well. Most importantly the volunteer placement I was volunteering at truly gave me a new outlook on how beautiful the world is when we work together for a common goal. I absolutely fell in love with the local volunteers and the kids who attended. I adore Rome and everything that goes along with that wonderful city.

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Shuyi Yu
20 Feb 2024

IVHQ provided much support before my trip which I was very grateful for. Even though I didn't speak the same language as the children, I was still able to grow friendships and gain experience in supporting children, something that's really important to me.

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Maggie Thomas-Ellis
22 Aug 2023

The preparation resources were helpful, and well presented (the tick list was really good). The local team were a great support for the whole trip and were very quick to respond to any queries. My volunteer trip completely took me out of my comfort zone in so many ways, and I found it to be super healthy for my mental health. It allowed me to reset completely, whilst also gaining great experiences and making amazing memories, in a beautiful country. Finishing a rewarding morning at work, knowing there was a big amazing city to explore for the rest of the day with so many beautiful sights to see was one of my favorite moments. Definitely go for it! Throw yourself in and make the most of every second. Also, I found three weeks to be the perfect amount of time, not too long or short.

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Isabelle Kennedy
05 Jul 2023

Go and enjoy your experience! I was able to develop my career while making an impact.

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Vania Zaharieva-Alexieva
19 Aug 2022

My volunteering trip had a big impact on me. Meeting with people that have been through hardship and extremely challenging, life changing experiences made me reflect on my own life and appreciate what I have. I felt appreciated and supported which motivated me even more.

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Yue Chen
09 Aug 2022

Every moment spent on the program was AMAZING! I volunteered on the Creative Technologies project and while on my placement I wrote the script for a short film and assisted with the filming procedure, the very first time for me!

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Volunteer Abroad in Rome, Italy with IVHQ

Location

Rome is and has been many things - the capital of Italy, the Eternal City and the centre of the ancient Roman empire. It is both brimming with reminders of bygone eras and teeming with dynamic, modern industry and entertainment. It’s also the setting of IVHQ’s Italy - Rome program, and volunteer placements are located throughout the wider city area.

Like any major city, there is a socio-economic divide in Rome and the people who fall on the disadvantaged side of this face a host of challenges. Volunteers can help make a difference to their lives by providing essential support to local initiatives designed to address these issues and others that affect the community.

Volunteers on this program should expect commutes of up to 1:45 hours one way to your placement. These long commute times are a result of Rome’s transportation system that almost always has long delays, ongoing repairs, and unpredictable schedules. Those who wish to join the Sustainable Farming project will usually have a longer commute than those on projects such as Youth Support and Teaching English, as this project is in the countryside on the outskirts of the city.

Arrival and orientation

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). You can also arrive into Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA) but should expect you may need to wait to be picked up. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and taken to the volunteer accommodation in Rome. 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 from a central meeting point in Rome on the Sunday before orientation.

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 – an introduction to Italy, culture and customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities, and 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.

Volunteer schedule example

Weekdays

After your program orientation, you will have a morning or afternoon volunteer shift at your placement and will work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day. Your schedule will vary depending on the needs of your particular project. A typical schedule is as follows:

7.30 AM Breakfast begins at the volunteer accommodation and is available until 10.30 AM.
8.00 AM Travel to your volunteer placement to join local placement staff and begin work on your project. Please note that some placements run in the afternoon and volunteers on these placements will have the morning free to use as they wish.
12.00 - 1:00 PM Lunch break. Buy your own lunch from Rome’s many excellent cafes and eateries. After lunch, volunteers will continue volunteer work (where applicable).
1.00 PM Volunteers with afternoon or evening shifts travel to placement to join local placement staff and begin work on their project.
6.30 - 10:30 PM Dinner at the volunteer accommodation. After dinner, you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.

Weekends

On weekends, you can spend your free time discovering why Rome is one of the most popular and revered tourist destinations in the world. For a start, you can visit monuments to ancient history like the Colosseum, check out Vatican City, see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, explore the Pantheon and throw coins into the Trevi Fountain.

Once you’ve ticked off those iconic experiences you can relax and find out which of the rest of Rome’s numerous attractions you’ll see next. It might be any one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, the perfect authentic carbonara or a steaming cup of espresso, touring ancient churches, checking out the nightlife of buzzy Trastevere or stumbling upon the latest in fashion on one of Rome’s best shopping streets, Via del Corso.

If you’re ready for a change of scene, you can take a quick weekend train trip to see the ancient ruins of Pompeii, or Naples - the home of pizza. Nature lovers should also factor in a visit to the beautiful Amalfi Coast to complete the precipitous and spectacular 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 much more. You can make travel arrangements once you arrive in Rome with the advice and guidance of our expert local team.

Accommodation and WiFi

Volunteers are accommodated in a central camping lodge in Rome. You can expect to share a room with one to two other volunteers of the same gender. Bedding and towels are provided, and there are shared western bathrooms. Staff will clean the accommodation throughout the week, however volunteers are required to keep their rooms tidy.

The lodge has a large pool as well as other social and game facilities for volunteers to enjoy in their free time.

WiFi is available at the camping lodge. It may not be available in your room; however, it is available in all of the common areas. WiFi is also available in many cafes and restaurants in the area.

Private single, twin or double rooms in the ​camping lodge, with the use of the communal bathrooms, can be arranged at an additional cost.

Meals

Volunteers are provided with breakfast and dinner each day as part of the program.

Breakfast is self-serve at the accommodation and available from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Breakfast generally includes tea, coffee, bread, croissants, sweets, cheese, ham, spreads, cereal, yogurt, and fruit.

Dinner is served between 6:30 PM and 10:30 PM and includes local staples such as pasta, vegetables, and salad.

Lunch is not provided and we recommend you budget about AU$15 per day to buy it from the excellent local shops, cafes and restaurants nearby. These are easily accessible both close to placements and the accommodation.

Tap water is fine to drink in Rome and the accommodation has a fountain of drinkable water where you can refill your reusable bottle. However, bottled water is also readily available if you prefer and you should budget approximately US$10 (approximately AU$15) per week for this.

Pricing

  • USD
Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
2 weeks $1,635 Equivalent to $117/day
3 weeks $2,305 Equivalent to $110/day
4 weeks $2,975 Equivalent to $106/day
5 weeks $3,645 Equivalent to $104/day
6 weeks $4,315 Equivalent to $103/day
8 weeks $5,655 Equivalent to $101/day
10 weeks $6,995 Equivalent to $100/day
12 weeks $8,335 Equivalent to $99/day
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately AU$520) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Rome generally find US$200 to be sufficient for weekly expenses, including lunches, transport and miscellaneous spending.
  • Any changes or cancellations within 14 days of your start date are subject to a US$200 late change/cancellation fee.
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Personalised preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • Lunch
  • Transport to and from your placement each day
  • Return to the airport when your program finishes
  • Flights
  • Visa (if required), travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Personal spending money for snacks, laundry, public transportation, drinks and leisure activities during your free time.

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Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
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Essential country information

Capital Rome
Population 61.7 Million
Languages Italian
Currency Euro (EUR)
Time zone UTC+01:00

Weather and climate

Italy’s climate is quite diverse due to its long peninsula and mountainous terrain. The coastal areas of Liguria, Tuscany and most of the South are predominantly Mediterranean with dry summers and moderately wet winters. In the northern parts of Italy and areas of higher altitudes, the climate is cooler and the winter months can be cold, wet, and often snowy. Weather in Rome, where the IVHQ volunteer program is based, is pleasant throughout the year. Winter temperatures in Rome (December to February) vary from 4°C/39°F to 14°C/57°F while spring (March to May) is slightly warmer at around 15°C/59°F. Summer (June to September) in Rome can become very hot and humid with average temperatures ranging between 18°C/64°F and 31°C/89°F. Rainfall is heaviest in November and driest in July.

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