Volunteer in Italy
- LOCATION: Calabria, southern Italy
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family or apartment accommodation
- LOCAL LANGUAGES: Italian
Italy is famous for its cuisine, beautiful scenery, and dozens of fascinating historical and cultural sites and thousands of tourists visit the country every year. In recent years, however, parts of southern Italy have been facing increasing numbers of people arriving for entirely different reasons.
For many years, southern Italy has been a door to Western Europe for migrants and refugees, who often attempt to cross the Mediterranean from Africa. Recently, as with other parts of Europe, the number of refugees and migrants has increased drastically, and the Italian government and local population, facilities, and infrastructure are struggling to support them.
While Italy is considered a developed country, the people that Projects Abroad are working with here come from developing countries. More specifically, these refugees and migrants have fled war-torn, economically or politically unstable, or otherwise disadvantaged nations. They are in need of medical attention upon arrival after a long and traumatic journey, and extended support as they face the challenge of adapting to new lives.
The plight of refugees and migrants has become a crisis, and help is urgently needed. Projects Abroad is supporting two initiatives in the region to help refugees and migrants already in southern Italy, and those arriving daily.