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Climate Change Volunteering in Italy - Rome

Climate Change Volunteering in Italy - Rome

Want to help tackle climate change by volunteering in Italy - Rome? International Volunteer HQ’s Climate Action project enables volunteers to support local non-profits in fighting climate change and promoting environmental conservation. IVHQ volunteers work alongside local volunteers in disadvantaged suburbs of Rome to mitigate the effects of climate change through tree planting, and raise public awareness. This volunteer project also helps to foster community connection as a way to respond to social isolation, poverty and exclusion.

Highlights:
  • Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
  • Affordable fees from £1357 for 2 weeks
  • Includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Help tackle climate change through tree planting

  • Enjoy Italy’s legendary art, culture and cuisine

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

Key information

Help tackle climate change
Based in the suburbs of Rome
Dormitory-style camping lodge
Volunteers aged 18+
Fully hosted experience from £1357 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:

Hands-on volunteers who want to take climate action and care about conserving the environment. As your tasks will vary based on the season, you should be open to helping out in any kind of activity that is prioritized while you’re there.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

The Climate Action volunteer project gives volunteers a taste of the wonderful city of Rome, while helping tackle the effects of climate change, spreading awareness of what is happening to the planet, and bringing the local community together.

As a climate change volunteer in Italy, you can expect to get involved in a diverse range of activities. These range according to the season and current needs of the non-profit, but you can expect to take part in a range of the following:

  • Tree planting
  • Engaging with beneficiaries and their network on NGOs, to involve the community in tree planting
  • Supporting NGOs with general maintenance operations
  • Weeding, mulching, collecting trash, replacing damaged cardboard that helps with the irrigation of trees

It is common for volunteers on this project to work independently up to three or four times a week. You should expect to engage in physically demanding activities, such as carrying heavy buckets of water.

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.

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #13: Climate Action

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #13: Climate Action

Climate change affects everyone, everywhere. 2010 - 2020 was the warmest decade ever recorded and Carbon Dioxide levels have risen to an all-time high. In order to keep global temperatures below the Paris Agreement’s 2 degree Celsius limit, we must take action to educate communities, conserve nature and promote sustainable solutions.

Why do Climate Action volunteering in Rome with IVHQ?

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

  • Helping tackle climate change and spread awareness
  • Fostering inclusion and connection within the local community
  • Practicing your Italian
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Learning new practical skills
  • Gaining tree planting and conservation experience
  • Immersing yourself in Italian culture
  • Exploring the beauty of Italy’s charming capital city

Volunteer requirements

  • 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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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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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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James Welsh
29 Jan 2024

The IVHQ Rome Program is something I do recommend. I gained a lot of volunteer experience and cultural experience. I feel like I learned a lot about the Italian culture, including things about foods, schools, activities, and my favorite, museums. In Rome there is so much to do, and I did something new almost everyday. The programs are excellent via schools, students, and teachers. The students especially helped me learn more Italian, including things like colors, foods, sports, etc. I really liked the program guide IVHQ gave us. It detailed what volunteers should be expecting based on travel, packing, budget, etc. and helped me to prepare.

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Aurora Robinson
29 Jan 2024

I had many questions before my trip that were answered effectively and quickly by the IVHQ team. I had a wonderful time at the shelter caring for and maintaining the living space of rescued and injured roman cats, along with gaining experience working in that kind of environment. I am so excited to learn more about my furry friends at uni next year as I embark in this field of study.

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Malia-Isabel Berbano
01 Nov 2023

The local team was amazing. They did an amazing job guiding us and ensuring we were safe, learning, growing, and experiencing. I know that volunteering not only impacted me and my personal growth, but the people I worked with as well. The accommodation is amazing for volunteers to find a community and safety in a foreign country. Going into this program I had no idea what to expect, and that was the best part about it. My experience volunteering abroad was everything and more than I thought it was going to be. This was out of my comfort zone, something I didn't think I could do on my own, but the local team and other volunteers made it feel like I was right where I needed to be. If you have the opportunity, do it.

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Amanda Gebre
12 Sep 2022

I have many favorite moments from my volunteering experience! As we were tackling different areas throughout the course of the two weeks, the local team decided to also give us a rundown of each areas history and show us there’s more than what meets the eye, they were wonderful and interactive! My other favorite moments were interacting with the local team at dinner to fully immerse in what Rome is all about and compare it to my culture and country. My volunteering trip pushed me to be more independent. Whether it was going within the city and exploring it myself or reaching my placement and learning to effectively accomplish my tasks. This is progression I have grown into and can take home with me. Not only did I feel like I grew as a person from this project but also developed a different perspective which makes me want to pursue more on my own means or with this program again.

For someone who is hesitant about volunteering, I would say to them that volunteering abroad will be an experience of a lifetime and all of the fears or doubts that are going through one’s brain will disappear when you start. You will come back from the trip feeling a new level of confidence and self-sufficiency for what you are capable of and a new appreciation for what volunteering really means across different parts of the world. Also, you’ll miss it once you come back!

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María Teresa Gullotti Vázquez
19 Aug 2022

Do it! It is an experience that would change your life. I got to share interests and wonderful moments with my co-volunteers and the friendship we have now, that I hope to keep for many years.

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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 £8 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 £8) 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 £1357 Equivalent to £97/day
3 weeks £1913 Equivalent to £91/day
4 weeks £2470 Equivalent to £88/day
5 weeks £3026 Equivalent to £86/day
6 weeks £3583 Equivalent to £85/day
8 weeks £4695 Equivalent to £84/day
10 weeks £5808 Equivalent to £83/day
12 weeks £6921 Equivalent to £82/day
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • 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.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately £273) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in GBP.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, lunch, public transport to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
  • 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.

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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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