About the project
is ESC Individual volunteering, which lets young people participate in the daily work of organisation for 12 months. Participants will be involved in various tasks that our organisation carries out, from office work to gardening and festivals
Note: European Solidarity Corps is the European Union program for young people to volunteer or work on projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe
The Aim of the project is to bring life to the rural community
of Alta Langa and lower Piedmont
by introducing international mobility opportunities to local youth
by valorizing local cultural heritage
by taking care of the natural landscape through permaculture
by organizing festivals and events
by promoting sustainable tourism
Volunteers will experience themselves outside of their local reality, they will discover new passions, and enhance hidden talents. The project provides learning opportunities in the field of youth work by getting involved in projects for young people organized at the local and international level
We are New Wellness Education - APS, and together with Associazione Vagamondo and Parco Culturale Alta Langa we are part of the Vitality project. We will be your hosting organisation for the next 12 months, implementing together our activities, supporting you in developing your own ideas, and providing space for personal growth.
Note: New Wellness Education - APS was founded in January 2020 and specialized in the education of youth and training of professionals with the main focus on mental and physical well-being, fostering at the same time the recognition and quality of youth work
We are looking for
🧑🤝🧑2 motivated volunteers to join the project
📅from September 2023 to September 2024
🌍from Erasmus Programme Countries, with no visa needed to enter Italy
🏔️in Bergolo (CN), Italy
Summer sowing and transplanting; harvesting fruits and vegetables; watering vegetable garden and seedbed. Construction of a rainwater harvesting system, garden structures, and other minor maintenance and restoration work
Environmental Sustainable Development
Promotion of bio-agriculture, use of bicycles and e-bikes as the main means of transport for local transfers in order to promote green mobility, promotion of outdoor activities in contact with nature, to reconnect with it and with oneself, building a functioning recycling system
and Logistic on Spot
Support New Wellness Education in the practical implementation of youth exchanges, training courses and volunteering (preparation of the projects in practical aspects and logistics, small maintenance and manual work).
Promote the international opportunities available within the ESC and Erasmus + program for young people in Alta Langa and lower Piedmont through events,
Festivals and cultural activities
The local municipality organises festivals and cultural events in the musical and artistic fields. The role of the volunteers will be to cooperate and support the organizers of these events, improve its efficiency and expand their offer.
Volunteers will also have the chance to propose and take care of the organization of artistic activities managed by them or new cultural events.
Each volunteer will have the opportunity to implement their own personal project. The volunteer will have the freedom to decide which project to carry out according to personal preferences and organisational priorities and how to develop it during the 12 months of volunteering
Volunteers will be reimbursed for the arrival/return travel costs. The total amount depends on the distance of the volunteer living place.
Each volunteer will receive monthly pocket money of 150€ reimbursement for food expenses up to 150€ per month
The working schedule from 9 to 13 and from 14 to 17, from Monday to Friday. The timetable can be different and sometimes can include weekends
in case of events
All the transportation expenses involving the activities of the project are being taken care of by the organization. Volunteers will be provided with bicycles to explore the local area in their free time. In case of long trips, a car can be available.
Volunteers will live in wooden bungalows, sharing rooms. Bungalow provides a kitchen with a dining room, a bathroom, and double bedrooms. Volunteers will decide for themselves how to settle in the rooms. All the accommodation expenses are being taken care of by the organization.
Take a look at our place
The Langhe is a hilly area in the northwest of Italy famous for its wines, cheeses, hazelnuts and truffles - particularly the white truffles of Alba.
In 2014 Langhe area was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list for its cultural landscapes, an outstanding living testimony to wine growing and winemaking traditions that stem from a long history.
The Bormida valley develops along the course of the Bormida river and connects the Alps to the Apennine mountain range. The Bormida valley connects the regions of Piedmont and Liguria, embracing the provinces of Cuneo, Savona, Asti and Alessandria.
Alba is the closer city, with a population of about 30.000 people. Our volunteers like to spend time there when they miss the urban dimension. Vagamondo cooperates with the info youth office of Alba to inform young people about European opportunities. The city hosts the headquarter of Ferrero company and an important international truffle festival. It is located 45 minutes by car from Bergolo.
Cortemilia is the main center of the local area of Alta Langa with a population of 2300 people. It is located 8 km far from Bergolo. It is noted for the production of one of the most famous types of hazelnut, the Tonda Gentile di Langa, awarded IGP status. Every August the town celebrates the Sagra della Nocciola (hazelnut fair). In Cortemilia there are bars, pubs, supermarkets, shops, banks, gas stations, and public buses to the cities Alba, Asti, and Savona.
Bergolo, a village of 50 inhabitants, is located on the hills of south Piedmont in the province of Cuneo, northern Italy. It is a peaceful destination for Nature and outdoor activities lovers. The village doesn’t have any shops, but here you can find our lovely bar "Parole Perdute", and welcoming restaurant "'l'Bunet". It is the ideal place for diving in nature and disconnecting from busy city life. Bergolo has a long tradition of music, art, and, in general, cultural festivals and since 2018 hosts regularly youth exchanges and trainings organized by different youth organizations.
This experience is for you if:
You are 18 - 30 years old
You are resident in Europe or in a neighboring country
You are available for volunteering for 12 months, starting from September 2023
You want to interact with locals and young people from other countries, directly and online
You want to practice and improve teamwork skills in a multicultural context
You're not afraid of manual work, amused by gardening and would like to promote a sustainable way of living
You want a pause from your daily life, focus on yourself, experiment with new things, and valorize old or new passions to start a new path after volunteering with clearer priorities and newly defined goals
You want to live for one year in a village, in the countryside and enjoy being surrounded by nature