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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, Environmental, NGO Support, Animal Care, Special Needs Support and Sports. 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
  • 8 meaningful project options
  • Projects based in and around Rome and Naples
  • Accommodation in a volunteer apartment
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from US$715 (approximately CA$965) for 2 weeks
  • Between 15 and 50 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
Increases access to education
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Awesome variety of volunteer tasks
Help to organize 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 organize 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 organizational 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 Animal Care Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy Environmental Volunteering in Naples - Italy Feeding the Homeless Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy NGO Support Volunteering in Rome - Italy Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy Teaching English Volunteer Program in Naples - Italy
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    Animal Care in Rome
    Animal care volunteering in Rome, Italy with IVHQ
    Protects animals
    3-5 hours volunteering per day
    Hands-on volunteer experience
    Volunteer in cat shelters around Rome, which can be home to hundreds of abandoned cats. Assist local staff with feeding, cleaning, playtime and general operations around the shelter.
    Suited to:
    Active Volunteers College Students Solo Travelers Vets Animal lovers Families

    Animal Care in

    Cat shelters in Rome can often be home to hundreds of felines, making a tough ask for the few people who work there to care for them properly. As a volunteer, you’ll help with all aspects of running the shelter, providing much-needed support and providing a better environment for the cats.

    Animal Care volunteer in Rome, Italy with IVHQ

    The shelter you’ll volunteer in rescues many abandoned cats around the city, and you’ll help with day-to-day operations to provide companionship, activity and occasional medical treatment.

    You’ll work alongside local volunteers to help with cleaning the facility, administering medicines to cats who are ill, feeding, playing with and cuddling the cats, as well as helping the shelter with promoting adoptions. If you have skills in social media and fundraising, you can also provide assistance in these areas.

    This is a project for those who want to volunteer with cats, or animal lovers in general.

    Project Highlights
    What you need to know
    • Volunteer in a local shelter for abandoned and mistreated cats
    • Help with playing, feeding, medical treatment and general duties around the shelter
    • Suited to animal-loving volunteers
    • Volunteering 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 Animal Care Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy Environmental Volunteering in Naples - Italy Feeding the Homeless Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy NGO Support Volunteering in Rome - Italy Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy Teaching English Volunteer Program in Naples - Italy
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      Environmental in Naples
      Environmental volunteers in Naples, Italy with IVHQ
      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, organizing 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 Animal Care Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy Environmental Volunteering in Naples - Italy Feeding the Homeless Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy NGO Support Volunteering in Rome - Italy Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy Teaching English Volunteer Program in Naples - Italy
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        Feeding the Homeless in Rome
        Volunteer on the Feeding the Homeless project with IVHQ in Rome
        Improves health & wellbeing
        3-5 hours volunteering per day
        Hands-on volunteer experience
        Volunteer in a homeless shelter in Rome, with a focus on preparing and serving lunches for up to 500 people each day.
        Suited to:
        College students Solo travelers Mature volunteers Spring break Gap year

        Feeding the Homeless in

        Like many major cities, homelessness in Rome is an unfortunate occurrence that affects far too many people. The Feeding the Homeless project aims to support people who find themselves without permanent homes, many of whom are migrants. While the issues leading to homelessness are complex and varied, those who are affected by it can all benefit from better access to regular meals and support.

        Feeding the homeless volunteer in Rome with IVHQ

        As a volunteer, you’ll help local staff to serve food at one of the main shelters in Rome, supporting around 500 homeless people. The bulk of your volunteering will be around providing lunch, though you may also be asked to support the shelter with general duties such as checking the eligibility requirements for those seeking assistance.

        This is a rewarding project that provides valuable support to vulnerable people who rely on others for basic daily requirements. It’s well suited to compassionate and caring volunteers who want to make a difference to the lives of others.

        This project requires volunteers to be at least 18 years old.

        Project Highlights
        What you need to know
        • Help a homeless shelter right opposite Rome’s Colosseum
        • Provide food for vulnerable people
        • Serve lunches for up to 500 people each day
        • Suited to compassionate, hard working volunteers
        • 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 Animal Care Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy Environmental Volunteering in Naples - Italy Feeding the Homeless Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy NGO Support Volunteering in Rome - Italy Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy Teaching English Volunteer Program in Naples - Italy
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          NGO Support in Rome
          Volunteer on the NGO Support project with IVHQ in Rome, Italy
          Supports community development
          4-6 hours volunteering per day
          Requires prior experience
          Assist in a local NGO working across a range of humanitarian and community initiatives, including child welfare, immigration or human rights.
          Suited to:
          Gap year Spring break Solo travelers Qualified volunteers

          NGO Support in

          NGOs in Rome commonly face financial challenges as they strive to provide basic services for people in need. As a result, many NGOs rely heavily on local and international volunteers just to run their various initiatives, let alone expand their reach.

          As a volunteer with NGOs, you’ll provide valuable support to a local NGO from a range of fields including community development, child and youth welfare, immigration and migrant support or human rights. Volunteers who have relevant experience may also help to provide legal support to migrants seeking asylum.

          NGO Support volunteer in Italy, Rome with IVHQ

          You can expect your volunteer work to be varied, based on what’s needed most at the time. This often involves organizing and running community workshops and outreach efforts, networking, providing English language support, as well as supporting organizational development, marketing and research activities.

          This project is well suited to volunteers who are motivated, able to take initiative and offer ideas to support the long term development goals of your NGO. You need to be at least 18 years old and have some relevant experience in either study or work. Please outline this experience in your application, though be aware that you’ll be placed with the NGO that has the most need for assistance at the time of your program.

          This project has a minimum duration requirement of 4 weeks. You’ll need to bring your own laptop to support your volunteer work.

          Project Highlights
          What you need to know
          • Provide support to a local NGO
          • NGOs include those focused on community development, child and youth welfare, immigration and migrant support or human rights
          • Help with community workshops, outreach efforts, networking, marketing and English language support
          • Suitable for passionate volunteers with relevant experience
          • Minimum duration of 4 weeks
          • 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 Animal Care Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy Environmental Volunteering in Naples - Italy Feeding the Homeless Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy NGO Support Volunteering in Rome - Italy Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy Teaching English Volunteer Program in Naples - Italy
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            Special Needs Support in Rome
            Volunteer on the Special Needs Support project with IVHQ in Rome, Italy
            Improves health & wellbeing
            3-5 hours volunteering per day
            Awesome variety of volunteer tasks
            Volunteer in centers for people with special needs, helping with all range of tasks to help provide quality care, stimulation and exercise.
            Suited to:
            Active volunteers Teachers College students Solo travelers

            Special Needs Support in

            People living with disabilities can find great comfort in being able to get personal attention and have their needs met by dedicated carers. While these services are highly valued, there is a need for volunteers to assist a local centers to provide comprehensive care for people with a range of special needs.

            When you volunteer with disabled people in Rome, you’ll be placed in centers that provide education and care to people whose disabilities range from mild physical and mental disorders to severely limiting conditions. You can also assist with young people who are undergoing treatment for serious illnesses.

            Special Needs Support volunteer in Rome, Italy with IVHQ

            You’ll work closely alongside the center staff to promote better health and wellbeing outcomes. This can include anything from providing care, therapy and feeding assistance to more general work in education, recreation, organizing activities or cleaning and maintaining the facilities.

            Please note this project has a minimum duration requirement of 3 weeks. You aren’t required to have prior training to join, though if you do then please make note on your application so your skills can be utilized.

            Project Highlights
            What you need to know
            • Volunteer in {% tt terms.centers %} for people with physical and mental disabilities, or children suffering from serious illnesses
            • Assist with educational activities, therapy, exercise and general tasks
            • Suited to caring and compassionate volunteers
            • Minimum duration requirement of 3 weeks
            • Volunteer for up to 4 hours per day
            Destination Highlights
            Italy at a glance
              Also available in Italy
              Our project options
              After School Care Volunteer Project in Naples - Italy Animal Care Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy Environmental Volunteering in Naples - Italy Feeding the Homeless Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy NGO Support Volunteering in Rome - Italy Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy Teaching English Volunteer Program in Naples - Italy
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              Teaching English in Naples
              Volunteer on the Teaching English project in Naples, Italy with IVHQ
              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 favor 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, organizing 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-recognized 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 Animal Care Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy Environmental Volunteering in Naples - Italy Feeding the Homeless Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy NGO Support Volunteering in Rome - Italy Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Rome - Italy Teaching English Volunteer Program in Naples - Italy
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                • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organization 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, organizations 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 travelers 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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