Be the Change. Be a Global Volunteer in Sicily.
Help establish a formative relationship.
Volunteers have served in Italian classrooms and small groups as L’amico preferitos” (“favorite friends”) since 1995. Now in partnership with the municipal government of Castelvetrano, Sicily, we’ll be teaching conversational English skills to students in high school classrooms and small groups. Our new program is near the southwestern coast of the island, in the province of Trapani. The city has a population of roughly 31,000 residents and is famous for its olives and olive oil, cobbled streets, narrow passage ways, ready access to the sea, and unique architecture reminiscent of the past.
Local time in Sicily:
“On our first day at school, the teacher interrupted us in mid-lesson with a tray of espresso and biscotti (The pursuit of “dolce vita” is as much a part of the school day as spelling and science). Yet the Italian kids seem to learn just as much as American kids do in their classrooms.”
“Simple conversations are highly valued. Every day brought something new. I believe we cooperatively made a difference in spreading goodwill from the USA. Small steps are invaluable to peace.”
“I think that Global Volunteers has formed this idea of creating peace and justice with other countries around the world, and this idea is not only plausible but doable. Peace starts with a relationship and Global Volunteers seek to do just that: build relationships. And with the small steps we are taking to do this worldwide, the idea of peace with other countries seems closer than we think.”