Volunteering in Palermo, Italy 

Volunteering period March 2017 – February 2018

Application deadline 12 September 2016

Hosting organization  INFORMAGIOVANI

Established in 2001 by a group of volunteers, InformaGiovani (IG) aims at fostering and promoting human and civil rights, with focus on the right to information and participation; defending social and collective rights; promoting local and international volunteering as tools for social inclusion and change. IG runs activities of information, training and counselling, seminars on EU programmes, on social volunteering and international co-operation. The association focuses on activities of social inclusion and rehabilitation of young people who are facing or are at risk of social exclusion. Since 2008 organizes youth exchanges and international workcamps, involving about 250 participants in local and international activities. More info on InformaGiovani at https://europa.eu/youth/volunteering/organisation/949741454_en

Main activities for volunteers

EVS volunteers will support IG staff in task related to incoming and outgoing volunteering. All volunteers will be involved in contacts with local partners for the preparation and organization of local voluntary projects (workcamps) and will participate in leaders trainings. If they wish so, volunteers will also will support the coordination of workcamps.

Tasks for volunteers in incoming area includes:

contact with local partners (including visit to campsites) for the preparation of workcamps

preparation of documents related to workcamps, such as infosheet (informative document with general information on IG, and specific ones on the workcamp (logistics, contact person and activities that will be carried out)

placement: to deal with registration process of volunteers to workcamps in Italy; to keep communication with volunteers, sending organisation and local partner; to deal with visa invitation letter, if necessary

database: keep up-to-date database on workcamps opportunities

support the preparation of InformaGiovani participation in international meetings related to workcamps

evaluation: send evaluation form to volunteers and analyse/elaborate answers to questionnaire

promote italian camps among potential potential volunteers abroad (mainly done by newsletter and Facebook).

Tasks for volunteers in outgoing area includes:

informing potential volunteers of volunteering opportunities abroad (update Facebook page and website, prepare newsletter, participate in meetings with students, associations, etc)

placement: to deal with registration process of volunteers to workcamps abroad; to keep communication with volunteers and hosting organisation;

database: keep up-to-date database on workcamps opportunities

evaluation: send evaluation form to volunteers and analyse/elaborate answers to questionnaire

FURTHER training opportunities

Beside the national trainings organized by National Agency, EVS volunteers in InformaGiovani will surely take part in different trainings connected with: leading international voluntary projects, online communication tools, interculturality in youth work, etc.


Volunteer profile

Ideal candidate should meet the following requirements:

strong motivation for youth work and voluntary projects;

experience in volunteering/workcamps

ability to team working

digital competencies (knowledge of placement programmes, such as E-VET, Plato or SCI-OPS will be evaluated positively)

good knowledge of English and basic knowledge of Italian (Italian language is required in particular for outgoing tasks and to participate in promotional activities with italian youth)

flexible (during placement season, most of the work could be done during week-ends)

Driving licence is not a must but will be welcome.

Accommodation arrangement

Accommodation in shared flat with other volunteers.

Double room for volunteers plus common living room.

House is equipped with all needed.


How to apply:

ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM by filling the form available at http://www.informa-giovani.net/applyforevs

Please note that we require also a CV (to be attached online) and a specific motivation letter. General motivation letter related to general volunteering will lead to rejection of the candidature.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for a Skype interview.