Location: Genova, Italy
Who: 2 volunteers between 18 and 30 years old
Duration: February 2019 – January 2020, 12 months
Hosting institution: La Comunità Cooperativa Sociale Onlus
Application deadline: 20th January 2019
The Cooperative La Comunità is a social enterprise active in Genoa since 1979 in the field of educational activities to combat and prevent minors’ distress and sustain fragile families through the design and management of socio educational, animation and cultural services.
Since 2014, La Comunità is part of the “Emergenza Sbarchi” (Disembark emergency) project run by Prefettura, thus managing hosting placements for asylum seekers. It also runs a CAS (Centri di accoglienza straordinaria – extraordinary hosting centres) for asylum seekers. In these centres professionals are supporting people in understanding Italian reality, in their legal process for asylum request and in schooling and training paths aimed at social and working integration.
Concerning high threshold services for minors, La Comunità has two different kinds of services: Daily educational centre (Comunità Educativa a ciclo diurno – CED) and socio- educational centres (Centro Socio Educativi – CSDE). Concerning residential high threshold services for minors, La Comunità is managing a CEA (Comunità Educativa d’Accoglienza Residenziale- Educational Residential Centres) in Municipio Centro Est in Genova, which is hosting 9 minors aged 6-18 years old under Genoa Municipality accreditation and authorization.
CEA is operating in intensive and highly risky educational situations, with the aim of trying to reconnect, sustain and develop all relationships involving children and adolescent users. In the CEA they can live, grow, study, have fun and create significant relationships with peers and educators. Activities are structured in a way to guarantee both group and autonomous spaces to the users.
La Comunità has recently opened up a residential centre for unaccompanied foreign minors called “Tuin – Il giardino” in Genova, where 16 minors are living and developing their personal project towards the reaching of the coming of age with the support of educators in cooperation with Genoa Municipality. 
Examples of daily activities of volunteers, include:
  • recreational activities for children and adolescents such as games, and workshops;
  • scholastic and linguistic support for children and adolescents;
  • overall support to children, adolescents and staff members in the daily activities such as pedagogical support, short trips and visits, sport activities, taking care of the common spaces and sharing meals.

The ideal volunteer is autonomous, mature and responsible, open to share and meet other people and, above all, motivated to join our activities. Volunteer should be aware of its extremely important role in the centre and available to cooperate to the educative and
training process of La Comunità. Since this involves a delicate role in contact with young people that often come from complex family situations, the volunteer must be fitted with qualities such as tolerance, patience, firmness, creativity, and above all excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

The travel expenses will be reimbursed on the bases defined by European Commition; accommodation and meals are provided by the host organization. The volunteers will also receive pocket money monthly.

For candidature for this project please click on Apply now, attached your CV and this fulfilled form in English and your picture. Associazione P.E.CO will contact only the shortlisted candidates for arrange a Skype interview.