Workcamp in Italy

“My Workcamp experience at Vivaro with Ciampacavallo Onlus and EquiAzione was wonderful. In fact, it was even better than I expected. I learned a lot and I got all the support needed from the Staff. The topic and work itself are so specific that it’s difficult to explain, one just has to try it if he or she is…

No Border Fest

When my dear friend and colleague Sylvi told me about her plans for the holidays I was impressed by how different they were to those of other people I know. They included volunteering at an international level to promote freedom of movement for all and integration on a local level through the organization of No…

“Balkan Steps” – Alessandra story

In the last weeks we had the chance to have a glance at the hardness of the reality that the refugees here are forced to face every day and to try to understand it better. All of them keep trying the so called “Game”, a nice name to describe the never ending attempts at crossing…

“Balkan Steps” – Silvia story

“Today we can finally breathe!”, I thought, maybe too naively, this morning. The heat, until yesterday nearly unbearable, has decreased considerably, gifting us with a bit of relief. Problems, however, as I too soon discovered, have not stopped yet: the burning sun has been replaced by heavy rain and, with it, a good measure of…

Mangroves and Indonesia

“I don’t know if I left something in the heart of these people, for sure they left something in mine. I’m sure that I want to have this experience again in my life. I also hope to come back again to Mangkang, to find again those beautiful people that I met and to see the mangroves…

An eco weekend

SCI Italy organized a weekend workcamp in an eco-village in Granara (Italy) from 24th to 26th of February, where they work in a lagoon and in the bio lake there. Thanks to all volunteers and Granara residents! Next date: 25th and 26th of March, for activities and holidays!  Post originally publish on Servizio Civile Internazionale…

“From Russia with love”

I can’t say that I am a experienced traveler and at the same time I can’t  say that I have never been somewhere. Having visited a couple of countries I realized that I had avoided Europe, and it’s the next goal on my list. A wonderful idea came to my mind “Maybe I can be…

Sabra and Shatila, a massacre to remember: voices from the camp

Flyering. How often this verb recurs in the life of a young person. The thought immediately goes to the clear days of hot summer weather, when your face is exposed to the constant sun, and you walk around in the suburbs during the most unworkable hours, in order to seek out some money to cover…

Into the Hills with Che Guevara

Che Guevara waited for me under the trees, I could see him from my seat in the garden of the small rural tavern that we had stopped at for lunch. Dust lay thick on the narrow road, dogs unmoving in the afternoon heat. I finished my cold beer and, with my group of fellow international…

Today I am happy Volunteer

I started running a lot – first alone, then with other people. They noticed my physical condition and invited me to play football in the first team of the city. Then my life finally began to change. But, precisely in this period of major change, there came another. I was transferred to another residential community…