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EVS │Luserna San Giovanni, Italy │Rifugio Re Carlo Alberto

Updated: Jun 4, 2019

Syncro - Synergy Croatia is looking for 2 participants from Croatia 🇭🇷 for EU funded volunteering activity!

💡 EVS in Rifugio Re Carlo Alberto

😃 Who? Youth 18-30 years old (unemployed, neet participants or to those coming from difficult geographical areas)

🌍 Where? Luserna San Giovanni, Italy

📅 When? Starting from July 2019 (6 months)

⏳ Deadline for applications! 17.06.2019

✈️Travel costs are reimbursed!

💶 Accommodation, food and pocket money are covered by European Union!

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Project Description:

Rifugio Carlo Alberto was built in 1898 with the aim to support and host ill elders coming from other health care centers. Nowadays the Rifugio is run by the Valdese church through volunteers and staff members.

Rifugio Re Carlo Alberto is composed by two structures:

1. The main one, which hosts 84 people, most of them non-self sufficient elders or affected by dementia and some disabled adults.

2. The daily centre for 12 people affected by Alzheimer or dementia.

1. The main structure is organized in three residential units, with 30, 34 and 20 persons hosted each one.

2. In the daily centre, open from Monday to Friday, from 8.45am to 5.15pm, we carry out the following activities: Soft gym; Cooking; Personal care; Creativity; Workshops; Gardening; Assisted bath; hand crafts and more. The activities run in the centre, which volunteers will be involved in, aim to slow down the illness and to support the families in the daily life. The centre cooperates with the National Health System. Other social activities are organized in cooperation with other local care centre.


Volunteers are never alone in the host organization. They will always support the staff of the organization during the activities. In case of outings with the hosts (in which the volunteers will also participate as a support), he/she will always be assisted by at least one operator.

Volunteers do not have same responsibilities of the workers and they never act as a job-substitution.

The volunteer, after a first period of observation and acquaintance with the Community, will be able to participate actively in the educational activities organized in the different Services and will share part of his/her daily life with the hosted persons.

The role of the volunteer will be of strong help to the management of the activities of the community; the working team will try to provide him/her with the necessary tools and information in order to allow him/her to best experiment himself/herself with relation to the elderly people, offering them additional moments of well-being and emotional responses.

During the first period of adaptation, they will test each activity to understand which one is more suitable according to their skills and attitudes. This phase is very important in order to implement the project’s goals and to overcome possible communication problems with the hosts.

According to this, any of the activities described below will be open to suggestions coming from the volunteers:

• Helping in everyday life

The volunteer will support the operators in preparing meals and the hosts with special needs during the meal by cutting the meat, helping them to drink water and to eat, etc.

• Supporting recreational and rehabilitation activities

The volunteer will be supporting staff members in the recreative and rehabilitation activities run inside and outside the center. These activities are:

-Serve meals



-Excursion to the near by zone


-Exercises for the maintenance of the cognitive functions

-Workshops with paper and other materials.

The volunteer will have important contacts with the guests, spending with them most of the time talking and listening to their special needs (for example: helping them to walk through the center, playing cards, reading newspaper, telling stories, writing, and so on).

The activities will be done by the volunteer in different times and/or areas of the center in presence of an other EVS volunteer. In this way Italian and international volunteers can better perform their tasks to benefit the hosts.

When having group activities, the volunteers plan their tasks with the staff of the project. Each volunteer takes over different tasks and comply with them under the overall supervision of the operators. Some activities can be done by the volunteers when an extra support is needed and/or when all the hosts are grouped together and only one working group is run.

Although the volunteers will carry out specific activities based on their interests and skills, the role of all the volunteers is also generic: ALL the volunteers should help the staff during lunch time, during the physiotherapy activities, during hydration and during the leisure activities organized by the staff. Volunteers should also help to clean and provide food to Rifugio's guests.

In the framework of the project, volunteers hosted at RIFUGIO RE CARLO ALBERTO, will be encouraged to promote and to implement new volunteering activities.

The host organization as well will create new volunteering opportunities for EVS volunteers.

Apply Now! Contacting us:

Deadline for applications – 17.06.2019

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