Applications for 2019 Program. Your Opportunity to Volunteer in Italy!
Summer Camps organized by the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan in partnership with the Oratories of Lombardy
Two Programs offered: 3 weeks and 6 weeks
3 weeks – Plan to arrive in Milan Saturday, June 8, 2019
Activities from June 10 to June 30, 2019
Plan your return to USA from July 1, 2019
6 weeks – Plan to arrive in Milan Saturday, June 8, 2019
Activities from June 10 to July 21, 2019
Plan your return to USA from July 22, 2019
Do you speak some Italian? Want to live in Italy with a family next summer? Here’s a great opportunity – volunteering at a summer camp in Italy!
After the great success over the last three years the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan in partnership with the Lombardy Dioceses, is again offering an opportunity to live in Italy while volunteering as a counselor at a church-run summer camp. Get free accommodation, perfect your Italian, and add invaluable experience to your résumé.
Who’s eligible? You must be between 18 and 25, born in the US or US resident for at least 10 years, and you must posses a good working knowledge of Italian. Those accepted will work at summer day camps in Lombardy (Northern Italy – look it up!). You’ll have the choice of participating for 3 weeks, or for 6 weeks. The camps are all run by the Oratories of Lombardy.
Your task will be to help with the educational and recreational activities organized by the Parish Oratories for kids aged 6-14.
During your tasks it is possible that you will be asked to organize activities in English (it’s summer camp, not school!). You’ll work with the other counselors organizing games, sports, art activities, and trips that the camp offers. Importantly, you’ll have a chance to improve your Italian. At these camps, Italian is the primary language of communication, so you must have the basics down.
The project is open to all volunteers without distinction of sex, race, religion, political opinion, or social conditions. Preference will be given to candidates who passed the Italian AP exam, and/or have taken intermediate to advanced Italian college-level courses. Also, candidates who participated in earlier programs are eligible, and strongly encouraged to re-apply.
If you are a candidate that was accepted in earlier program, you do not need to send a new application. Please send your request of participation at the 2019 program by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The program will offer:
~ Free accommodation (room and board) with an Italian family. For the entire three or six-week program you’ll be living with Italian families who belong to the camp’s parish.
~ Health care and accident insurance for the period of stay in Italy under the tutelage of the host organization.
~ A great cultural and linguistic experience. You’ll experience a vibrant part of Italy few tourists get to see — the real family-centered Italy far away from the long museum lines in Florence and Venice.
Unfortunately, the program doesn’t offer airfare. You’ll need to buy your own plane ticket. You will need to organize your transportation to and from the airport with your host family.
You’ll be expected to do the following:
~ work together with young Italian volunteers to create and lead – in Italian – activities and games and other types of activities as programmed by the host organization (a commitment of 5-8 hours a day from Monday to Friday, with some Sunday mornings).
~ fit in as a full member of the hosting family. This isn’t a hotel. You need to respect their rules, meal times, and work to keep your room and belongings in order. Our students have had great experiences living with the hosting families. You just need to realize that the lifestyle of an Italian family can be very different from a family in America.
~ behave in a way that is respectful of the professional and ethical standards of these Catholic organizations.
~ complete a survey on your experiences after the program is finished
~ post some of your activities to our Facebook group – Dante VoluntarItaly
Notes on the application process:
First, complete the entire application (you won’t believe how many fail this part!), and don’t forget that it must be in Italian.
Second, send contact info (email and name) for two recommenders not related to you. VoluntarItaly will contact them for a recommendation. One letter should be from an Italian teacher who can speak to your language proficiency. You must be able to speak Italian at Intermediate/Advanced level.
First cut-off date: Every application received by December 31, 2018 will be reviewed by January 31, 2019 – Recommendation letters must arrive no later than January 15, 2019.
Second cut-off date: Every application received by March 15, 2019 will be reviewed by March 15, 2019 – Recommendation letters must arrive no later than March 1, 2019.
The final due date is 3/15/19
If interested, please complete the form at bottom of the page https://www.dantemichigan.org/voluntaritaly/