The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. It offers young people aged 18 to 30 a unique experience of intercultural learning in a non-formal context, promotes their social integration and active participation.
Young people can do voluntary work in a country of the program or outside Europe, for a period ranging from 2 to 12 months, working as “European volunteers” in local projects in various sectors or areas of intervention: culture, youth, sport, social assistance, cultural heritage, art, leisure time, civil protection, environment, cooperative development, etc. The project uses the principles and methods of non-formal learning. Through this experience young people have the opportunity to get in touch with new cultures, express solidarity with others and acquire new skills and skills useful for their personal and professional training.
It is since 2001 that Legambiente Verona welcomes European volunteers and not only, proposing activities aimed at raising citizens’ awareness of environmental issues. The volunteers cooperate in the realization of national campaigns such as Mal’aria, Goletta dei Laghi, Puliamo il Mondo, Spiagge e Fondali Puliti, etc., participate in the life of the association (opening of our office, helping in various projects, participating in our urban trekkings, etc.) and especially they contribute on the works for Parco delle Mura in Verona, at the Bastions of Santo Spirito, San Bernardino and along the hills managed by Comitato per il Verde. The contribution of the European volunteers is essential and volunteers have the opportunity to integrate into the local community, learning Italian language and culture. Moreover, each volunteer’s unique background and experience is an important source of contribution to the association and the city of Verona.
Diana and Niki started a blog in 2016 about their experience in Legambiente.
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