February 5, 2017
Opportunity to Volunteer in Italy Summer Camps at the Oratories of Lombardy (Summer 2017) In partnership with Dante Alighieri Society - Michigan Chapter
Do you speak some Italian? Want to live in Italy this summer? Looking for ways to set your resume apart? Here’s a great opportunity – volunteering at a church-run summer camp in Italy! The Oratories of the Dioceses of Lombardy, in partnership with the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan, is offering an opportunity to live in Italy while volunteering as a counselor at an Italian Summer Camp. Who’s eligible? You must be a college student between 18 and 25, born in the US or US resident for at least 10 years, a native speaker of English, and you must possess a good working knowledge of Italian. Those accepted will work at summer camps in Lombardy (Northern Italy – look it up!) from June 12 to July 2. The camps are all run by the Oratories of Lombardy. Fifty participants will be selected. Their task will be to help with the educational and recreational activities proposed by Parish Oratories. You’ll help teach English, but you’ll definitely get a chance to improve your Italian. At these camps Italian is the primary language of communication. So you must have the basics down. The application is also open to candidates that were chosen for the 2016 program, however, precedence will be given to new candidates. The project is open to volunteers without distinction of sex, race, religion, and political opinion, personal and social conditions.
APPLICATION IS ONLINE WWW.DANTEMICHIGAN.ORG/VOLUNTARITALY 630 N Old Woodward Ave | Suite 102 | Birmingham, MI – 48009 | www.dantemichigan.org voluntarItaly@dantemichigan.org
The program will offer: • Free accommodation (room and board) for three weeks, living with Italian families who belong to summer camp parish. • Health care and accident insurance for the period of stay in Italy under the tutelage of the host organization; Unfortunately, the program doesn’t offer airfare. You’ll need to buy your own plane ticket. You’ll be expected to do the following: • Work together with young Italian volunteers to lead activities and games in English and other types of activities as programmed by the host organization (a commitment of 5-8 hours a day from Monday to Friday, and some Sunday morning for three weeks) • Behave in a way that is respectful of the professional and ethical standards of these Catholic organizations. Notes on the application process: Complete the entire online application (you won’t believe how many fail this part!) Don’t forget must be in Italian Get two letters of recommendation (in Italian or English) from people not related to you. One should be from a teacher of Italian who can speak to your language proficiency. Applications must be received by February 28, 2017 no later than March 15th. Selected candidates will receive confirmation of acceptance by the end of March 2017.
Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan Comitato VoluntarItaly 630 N Old Woodward Ave | Suite 102 | Birmingham, MI – 48009 | www.dantemichigan.org voluntarItaly@dantemichigan.org