Each September, a dedicated group of Global Volunteers pack their bags to volunteer in Italy and help engaged students with their conversational English skills. Global Volunteers’ Italy Volunteer Team Leader, Phyllis Thompson, put together a list of things you can expect to experience when volunteering in Italy during fall. Let’s get started!
The students are excited for your arrival…
By September, Italian high school students are back in their desks and excited for volunteers to spend class time conversing in English. They love the time volunteers spend brightening their mornings with creative, engaging and meaningful lesson plans. You might team teach, work one-on-one, or conduct classes on your own – depending on your style and comfort level.
Plan to work around 3 – 5 hours in the morning (after a delicious breakfast at the hotel, of course). We get you to and from your placement each day, so no need to worry about that.
Local community members are also excited!
Local adult community members await in the late afternoon for tutoring and sharing stories and customs. Each afternoon, volunteers spend time in small groups practicing conversational English for business and social occasions.
Something to note: Global Volunteers offers Italian language sessions during orientation and team meetings. These sessions benefit volunteers hoping to make deeper connections with the students and local people.
The charming town of Monopoli is waiting to be explored.
One of the best parts of volunteering in Italy is the abundance of things to see and experience in the charming city of Monopoli. Located on the Adriatic Sea, Monopoli’s views are unbeatable and make for great photo opps. And during the fall months, the city is less crowded… Just waiting to be explored. There are over 30 churches just in the centro storico (old town) – each having its own special beauty. From the smell of the baker’s bread in the morning to the fishermen bringing in their evening catches, the sites and smells truly enchant our Italy volunteers, forever.
Wineries and fall food festivals are back in full operation.
By the time autumn rolls around, local harvests have come to fruition. Grapes are being picked, and wineries are in full operation. Many volunteers become olive oil connoisseurs, while tasting in local shops. And food favorites – such as zampina salsiccie (a spiral-shaped sausage) – are served at fall food festivals, along with mozzarella, good wine, cheeses, pastries, and homemade pastas and pizzas with french fries. Yum!
Lasting friendships are made.
Couples, retirees, students, working professionals, families, individuals and groups all join Global Volunteers service programs. So even if you travel to Italy solo, you won’t leave the program that way. Between bonding with your volunteer teammates and serving the students and local people, you’ll make lifelong friends on this journey.
There’s a world of enchanting culture and new perspectives and friends awaiting you in Monopoli. So what are you waiting for? Join the September team to Italy!