Associazione Link is looking for volunteers for Volunteering Teams from in June for two weeks. This is like an individual ESC short term project but is planned and maneged in the same way for all partecipants of the group. The activities are related to take care the urban garden in Agorateca, community library of Altamura.
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 participants from Latvia,Spain, France, Estonia.
The activities will take place at the Agorateca, a community library in Altamura, managed by Associazione Link 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 objective is to be a centre of aggregation, the garden can be taken care of by the inhabitants of the neighbourhood and all who attend the library. In the garden are developed activities related to creative recycling, construction of greenhouse and street furniture to create a small park for children of the city, in particular:
- build several BookCrossing using recycled materials, that will be installed in different areas of the city: our goal is to promote the importance of reading;
- reconstruction and cleaning of green areas of Agorateca, removal of weeds, making of the wood stuff and furniture for the garden, cleaning of spaces and take care of the vegetable garden.
- participate to recycle workshop where will be used different materials and technique to realize artefacts and artistic installationthat will decorate the Agorateca spaces;
- construction of greenhouses to improve crops in the urban garden
- supporting promotional activities of the territory: walks for theknowledge of flora and fauna, visits to archaeological sites to discover the city.
The project will include intercultural moments and activities to promote the European Solidarity Corps.The groups will be guided by the organization’s youth workers and the Link’s long term volunteers.
N.B. all the activities and dates may vary in relation to the Covid 19 pandemic situation
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: 40,00 € 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.