If you’re looking to do something a bit different on your European trip, Italy offers tons of opportunities to volunteer and intern abroad. While this is a wonderful destination just to kick back and relax – or go exploring! – there also are ways that you can make a difference for communities in need in this beautiful country. Let’s a look at some of the benefits of volunteering abroad in Italy:
- Make an impact on the community. Volunteer opportunities in after-school care, English education, historic site preservation, and much more give you the chance to make an impact on the community that welcomes you.
- Transform your perspective. It’s easy to have a narrow view of what’s going on in the world if you are far removed from it! Reading the news online or watching it on TV only gives you so much insight. The immersive experience provides learning and engagement opportunities to help you transform your views of different people, societies, and cultures. Volunteering in Italy allows you to step into the world of Italian culture and experience real life that can lead to a transformation of perspective.
- Commitment brings change. Through the efforts of volunteers like you, NGOs and community-based programs can effect change locally – whether it’s through education, poverty alleviation, environmental conservation, or preservation of historic artifacts and structures.
- Experience culture. As an international volunteer, you will have the wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture, from tasting different foods to enhancing your language skills to better communicating with others.
Regardless of whether you have only one week to give, or if you would like to take a whole semester or a career break in Italy, there are so many different ways that you can get involved! Let’s take a look at just a few of the many worthwhile volunteer abroad programs that you can be a part of in Italy.