ESC TEAM IN A FARM IN ITALY

Associazione Kora is currently looking for 16 volunteers that will support the staff members in farm activities for the volunteering team project “Winter to Spring: behind the scenes of a farm”. Volunteering teams can also include Italian participants, former EVS/ESC short and long term participants.

Where: Passignano sul Trasimeno, Italy

When: from 22 February to 21 April 2021 (59 days)

Who: 18-30 years old volunteers resident in EU member states, Italy included, + Iceland, Lichtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Turkey; visa costs cannot be refunded

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Applications deadline: January 31

Associazione Kora was founded in August 2015 to promote environmental, intercultural and social awareness through projects for young people. Kora coordinates non-formal education projects with Erasmus + and with the European Solidarity Corps, such as training courses, youth exchanges and volunteering projects on various topics in Europe, Southeast Asia and Latin America.
It is based on La Buona Terra school farm, the first educational farm in Italy, with over 30 years of experience in working with children, young people and adults of all ages. La Buona Terra produces organic olive oil, essential oils of various aromatic herbs, and offers environmental education for groups of all ages.

The volunteers will support the staff members in the following tasks:

    • Gardening and agriculture: olive trees pruning, preparation of the summer vegetable garden, learning and promoting self-production of food as a mean for sustainable living
    • Preparation of the spaces for summer activities
    • Maintenance and upcycling
    • Making fire wood
    • Construction of small houses
    • Building small dams and other water management systems
    • Common cooking

Time will be divided equally between these tasks, about 2 weeks each.

Support:

Food and accommodation will be covered by the European Commission; the volunteers will have health insurance and pocket money (5 euro per day). Travel expenses will be refunded up until a fixed amount  (180 € from 100 to 499 km distance, 275 € from 500 km to 1999 km, 360 € if more). The volunteers will be accommodated in shared rooms of a big house in the farm premises.

The volunteers will work 35 hours a week with two consecutive free days per week (not always Saturday and Sunday). These hours include 1 hour for a meeting with the coordinator of the activities, that coaches the volunteers on their tasks, 1 hour for a meeting with the mentor, that evaluates the volunteers’ project, satisfaction and learning process.

Criteria:

  • Available for the whole duration of the project
  • Available to attend a pre-departure training that will be held online on Monday February 15th at 5 pm Italian time
  • 18-30 years old
  • Resident in EU member states, Italy included, + Iceland, Lichtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Turkey; visa costs cannot be refunded
  • Ready to live in an intercultural context in a rural area, where the closest town with facilities is at 20 minutes on foot
  • Ready to work outdoor, even in temperatures close to zero degrees
  • Good time management, flexibility, patience, open-mindedness, team-work
  • Basic level in English
  • Previous education and working experiences in the described activities are welcome but not necessary
  • Driving license is welcome but not necessary

Please note that Kora and La Buona Terra’s main priorities are sharing life in a rural intercultural context, including responsible work and mature behaviour. While we welcome any kind of diversity with open arms and actively support everybody’s personal growth, we are not the appropriate context for laziness, immature attitude or spiritual ceremonies.

How to apply:

  1. Read all details in the infopack here
  2. Fill the online form below
  3. Send your CV with picture to [email protected], writing “Application for Kora team” in the object of the mail.

Deadline to apply is January 31. The pre-selected candidates may be contacted for an online interview.

Infos and questions: [email protected]

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