The Link Association is looking for volunteers for the ESC Volunteering Team from 07 to 29 March 2022. The activities are related to the care of the urban garden of Agorateca, the municipal library of Altamura and environmental awareness.
What is the Volunteering Teams project?
The European Solidarity Corps aims to promote solidarity as a value, mainly through volunteering, to contribute to strengthening cohesion, solidarity, democracy and citizenship in Europe. In particular, Volunteering Teams are solidarity activities that allow teams of participants to volunteer together. European Solidarity Corps’ volunteers will carry out tasks for a project over a short period of time. Despite their shorter duration, these activities will be valuable both for the individuals and for the communities benefitting from this service.
Who can partecipate?
Young people between 18 and 30 years who are legally residing in a participating country or in a partner country and have registered in the European Solidarity Corps Portal. This group will be made up of young Italians and from EU countries.
If you want apply you can do it here.
The activities will take place at the Agorateca, community library of Altamura, managed by the Link Association since June 2019. Agorateca is a public space where it is possible to study, read and consult books; the place hosts workshops, seminars and creative activities for children and adults and hosts.
There is also an urban garden, whose goal is to be a center of aggregation, the garden can be cared for by the inhabitants of the neighborhood and by all those who frequent the library. In the garden, activities related to creative recycling, construction of greenhouses and street furniture are developed to create a small park for the children of the city, in particular:
- garden care
- planting of new plants for the summer harvest
- clean up the neighborhood
- construction of garden furniture (with wood and mainly recycled material);
Another chapter of activities will be connected in a place a few kilometres far from Altamura called “Oasi San Giovanni”. To reach the place, the Link organization's means of transport will be used. Oasi San Giovanni is used during the summer for volunteer activities and Erasmus + projects. The space provides dormitories with beds, a large kitchen and meeting room, with air-conditioned, for different activities, and a huge garden.
The volunteers, together with Link's staff, will give a new look to the dormitories, through maintenance activities of restyling of the rooms and spaces (painting the walls, construction of garden furniture, maintenance of fixtures, etc.)
The volunteers flat of Altamura is settled in the city centre.The flat has a living room, a shared bathroom, a big kitchen where the volunteers can prepare meals on their own. The house is equipped with independent heating and washing machine. Volunteers will stay in a shared room.The volunteers are obliged to take care of the houseand all the furniture and objects in it. The volunteer is responsible for cleaning the house. In case of damaging orbad shape condition of the apartment, the volunteer must reimburse the expenses.
Link provides every volunteer with a weekly sum for food: 35,00 € per person. The volunteer is supposed to shop and to prepare the meals on his own, or together with the other volunteers who stay in the same flat.
Volunteer gets the pocket money every beginning of the month. In Italy the pocket money is 5,00 € per day. The volunteer will sign a document to confirm that he/she received the money.
The volunteer will be cover by a Cigna Group Medical and Non-Medical Insurance Plan that is covered by found of ESC project.
For grant support to travel costs in the ESC programme, travel distances must be calculated using the distance calculator (https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/resources/distance-calculator_en)
Altamura is divided into two parts: the city and the historical centre. In the old town, you can visit the cathedral, the unique church in Puglia commissioned by Federico II diSvevia in the year 1232. It is the most important monument of the city together with the square around it. The summer the city centre is populated by young people and tourist which enjoy spending time drinking and eating Italian specialities such as ice-cream. The city has 70.000 inhabitants, but it is quite small, so it is possible to reach every point by foot or by bike.
More details here: INFOPACK_ESC_LINK_March.pdf