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Spring 2023 - Spring 2024

Vitality

What is Vitality?

Vitality is a European Solidarity Corps project that brings aliveness and
dynamism on different levels:

 

  • To the rural community of Alta Langa and lower Piedmont by introducing

international mobility opportunities to local young people, by valorizing local
cultural heritage, by taking care of the natural landscape th
rough
permaculture, by organizing festivals and events, by promoting sustainable

tourism.

 

  • To the lives of 9 young volunteers that will experience themselves outside of

their local reality, they will discover new passions, and enhance undervalued
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.

 

  • To the entities involved in the project: The organizations Vagamondo, New

Wellness Education and Parco Culturale Alta Langa will receive support in
the implementation of their institutional activities and also new inputs and
new ideas from the European volunteers. That will increase the offer and the
capacity of the associations to operate at the local, national and
international level. The volunteers will develop activities also in cooperation
with some of the municipalities of Alta Langa.

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Inside Vitality

Fancy knowing what's going on right now? Check out our blog, where we share the latest occurrences in volunteering experiences.


Or, if you're curious like most of us are, you can also read stories of previous months and years.

 Watch the visual testimonial of our previous volunteer Lola

Lola, France

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Testimonials

And read Fahed's experience here...

Fahed, Romania

“I am really grateful about 2021, about my life in Bergolo, I really felt connected to it , to my new relations that I created and for the honesty that was in the air. I feel connected to all what the Italian culture offered, to all the members of the Vagamondo, to support me and to inspire me.”

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Local Area

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Langhe

The Langhe is a hilly area in the north-west of Italy famous for its wines, cheeses, hazelnuts and truffles - particularly the white truffles of Alba. The countryside as it was in the first half of the 20th century features prominently in the writings of Beppe Fenoglio and Cesare Pavese.


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. Watch a short documentary about Langhe.
 

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Valle Bormida

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.

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Alba

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. Watch a short video about Alba

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Cortemilia

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.

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Bergolo

Bergolo, a village of 54 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 shop, only 1 restaurant and 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.

Conditions

Travel

There is a budget available to reimburse the A/R travel costs of the volunteers. The total amount depends on the distance of the volunteer living place.

Accommodation

Volunteers will be accommodated in shared apartments. The apartments consist of 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.

Food & Pocket Money

There is reimbursement available for food expenses

up to 150€ per month, and each volunteer will receive monthly pocket money of 150€.

Volunteering Schedule

The usual daily working schedule is from 9 to 13 and from 14 to 17, from Monday to Friday. The timetable will be different and can include weekends

when youth exchanges, trainings, or other events

happen in Bergolo. The secret word to apply is "Bee".

Local Transport

All the transportation expenses involving the activities  of the project are being taken care of by the organization. A car is available for the volunteers to explore the local area in their free time. 

Associazione Vagamondo

Vagamondo, based in Bergolo, in the south of Piedmont region, in Italy, is an NGO focused on European mobility and non- formal education. It provides learning and growing opportunities for young people and youth workers.

The name Vagamondo comes from the concept of travel as a powerful tool of self-discovery and personal development: it is through direct contact with cultural and personal differences that identity becomes more visible to every individual; it is coming out of the comfort zone, getting involved in new activities, different than the usual ones, that people can identify room to grow and work on themselves.

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Main Tasks

International & Local Youth Work

You will provide support to Associazione Vagamondo in the development of youth exchanges, training courses, and volunteering projects in Bergolo and abroad. You will also help promoting the international opportunities for young people available within the ESC and Erasmus + program. Additionally, focusing on the municipalities of Alta Langa and lower Piedmont through meetings in high schools, universities, organizations, and other public and private spaces - further increasing access to youth opportunities for young people who live in rural areas.

Digitization

Volunteers will complete the project Bergolo Digitale, which digitizes the artistic heritage of the town, makes it usable online and allows visitors to access information on the art works exhibited an plain air through QR codes affixed to the side of the works. It is planned to expand the digitization paths to other villages in the Bormida Valley and, gradually, also to other municipalities of the provinces mentioned, also including the digitization of human heritage, through interviews with relevant personalities.

Local Festivals &

Cultural Activities

The municipality of Bergolo organizes festivals and cultural events of music and art. Your role will be to collaborate and support the organizers of these events. You will also have the chance to propose and take care of the organization of activities managed by you or new cultural events.

Fighting depopulation

Volunteers will contribute to develop initiatives and identify strategies to counter the depopulation of Bergolo and the Bormida Valley, considered one of the isolated areas of Italy.
One of those strategies is the promotion of sustainable tourism through various channels and offer tourist information to visitors to the village of Bergolo

Personal Project

In the framework of your learning goals and of the goals of the project, you will be encouraged to carry out your own personal project.

This experience may be for you if:

Junior Youth Workers (3 volunteers):
- You have already some experience in working with young people in educational contexts and in non-formal education, or you already took part in some international youth exchange or training course and you're further interested to learn how to organize such projects.

-- You want to increase your competence in youth work and you consider registering and developing a youth organization.
- You can freely communicate in English and are interested in learning
Italian
- You are available to experiment yourself in other tasks you never took part
in and in following the instructions and advised of the other volunteers and
coordinators.

  • You are 18 - 30 years old

  • You are resident in Europe or in a neighbouring country

  • You are available for volunteering for 12 months, beginning on spring 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 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


   You see yourself in one of the following profiles:

Media passionate (1 volunteer):
- You are passionate about technology, you like editing videos and photos, you are an expert in using social media and the media in general to promote and give visibility to initiatives. You can easily create a website. You know the basics of marketing and would be able to use them to develop new strategies to reach young people and communicate with them.
- You have no experience with non-formal education and youth mobility projects, or you've had little involvement in this field, and you are curious to know more about it, you want to expand your horizons by learning about a different country, another culture, living abroad, and discovering new ways of living
- You can freely communicate in English and are interested in learning Italian
- You are available and interested to experiment yourself in other tasks you never took part in and in following the instructions and advised of the other volunteers and coordinators.

Golden Hands (1 volunteer):
- You like doing manual work and you know how to do it: you feel comfortable painting, repairing furniture, restoring a wooden house, installing simple electrical systems, you like driving, you know how to use a brushcutter or a screwdriver, you can assemble and disassemble simple objects

- You have no experience with non-formal education and youth mobility projects, or you've had little involvement in this field, and you are curious to know more about it, you want to expand your horizons by learning about a different country, another culture, living abroad, and discovering new ways of living
- You have a basic level of English and you are interested in improving it through this experience- You are available and interested to experiment yourself in other tasks you never took part in and in following the instructions and advised of the other volunteers and coordinators.

Are You Ready to Start an Adventure?

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