Associazione L’Arca – “Il Chicco” is currently looking for 2 ESC volunteers to work with people with mental disabilities.

Who: volunteers aged 18-30 from EU countries
When: from mid-end of July 2021 for 12 months (flexible dates and duration)
Where: Ciampino (Rome), Italy
Hosting Organisation: Comunità L’Arca – Il Chicco
Deadline to apply: 6 June 2021


  • Artistic workshops (ceramics, music, theatre…)
  • Sports
  • Agriculture and gardening
  • Recreational activities (games, walks, visits…)
  • Keeping company to people with disabilities (watching a film, having a chat, sharing daily life activities)


Food and accommodation will be covered by the European Commission; volunteers will have health insurance and pocket money (5 € 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). Volunteers will be accommodated in apartments that are located at walking distance from their working place, where privacy is guaranteed and where they can cook their own meals.

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 responsible 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.


  • 18-30 years old
  • Currently living in an EU country
  • Careful and respectful towards people with disabilities
  • In order to protect the people with disabilities hosted in the structure, volunteers must be already vaccinated for COVID-19 or available to be vaccinated in Italy during the project
  • Basic English level
  • Eager to learn Italian to communicate with people with disabilities
  • Able to work in a team
  • Past experiences with people with disabilities and related studies (psychology, sociology…) are welcome but not necessary
  • For the specific nature of the project, and in order to keep the people with disabilities safe, volunteers must not have mental health issues, infectious diseases or criminal records. We will ask for a health certificate and criminal records.
  • Registered in European Solidarity Corps portal (if you haven’t registered yet, you can do it by clicking here)

How to apply:

Fill in the online form below and send your CV to [email protected] before June 6. The pre-selected candidates will be contacted for an online interview.

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