CALL FOR VOLUNTEERING FOR ORGANIC FARMING PROMOTION

AIAB Umbria is looking for volunteers to support the staff in their activities to raise awareness on the importance of organic farming in sustainable development.

AIAB Umbria is the regional department of AIAB, the Italian Association for Organic Farming, that works for the political and cultural representation of the organic sector; makes design and consultancy activity; gives training for companies and NGOs; promotes organic farming through information activities (campaigns, conferences and seminars). AIAB Umbria brings together local organic farmers and conscious consumers in order to build resilient communities, to increase local economies and social cohesion. The main activities are creating short supply chains, training for farmers and citizens of any age.
There are also projects to support social farming, to promote healthy lifestyles, remove architectural and cultural barriers and more, often in collaboration with other associations or NGOs.

Where: Corciano, Italy

When: from June/July 2021 until 31 January 2022 (start date is flexible)

Who: 18-30 years old volunteers resident in EU member states

Hosting Organisation: WebsiteFacebook page

Applications deadline: applications closed

Activities:

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

  • Networking with local producers and NGOs
  • Organisation and distribution of organic products
  • Communication and promotion of the activities and projects of the association

Support:

Food and accommodation will be covered by the European Commission; the volunteer will have health insurance, pocket money (5 euro per day) and an Italian language course. Food will mostly be vegan and vegetarian for environmental reasons, and an opportunity to discover more about Italian and Mediterranean tradition. 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 volunteer will be accommodated in a big house on the farm premises and will share the room with other volunteers that work in other organisations. The house is equipped with kitchen, bathrooms, toilets, wi-fi, washing machine. The volunteers will have to walk around 20 minutes before taking public transports that will bring them to their place of activities. Volunteers will have a travel card paid by the project, in order to go from their accommodation to their place of activities.

The volunteer 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, and the Italian language course, that will take 4 hours a week for the first 2 months.

Criteria:

  • Available for the whole duration of the project
  • 18-30 years old
  • Resident in EU member states
  • Basic level in English
  • Basic or good level in Italian is highly appreciated
  • Ready to live in an intercultural context in a rural area, where the closest town with facilities is at 20 minutes on foot
  • Good time management, flexibility, patience, open-mindedness, team-work
  • Previous education and working experiences in the described activities are welcome but not necessary
  • Driving license is welcome but not necessary

How to apply:

Applications for this project are closed.

Infos and questions: [email protected]

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