Teaching

INTERPERSONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY COMBINED: OXFORD OMNIA

Oxford Omnia is a transnational NGO born in 2017 thanks to Oxford University student Elena Bernini, who wished to give something back to the Vietnamese village where she was born and raised before being adopted by an Italian family. That is how the “Matteo Bertero English Centre” came into existence. This is an English school…

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Community

FILL AN EMPTY PLATE

Every October 16th, since 1979, is celebrated the “World Food Day”, founded by the member countries of the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). This year, in the occasion of this day, the Ong CEFA (that deals with promoting people’s self-development), together with the Caritas of Bologna and the Bologna City’s patronage,…

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Community

EMPORI SOLIDALI

“Empori solidali”: a direct experience of volunteering deeply rooted in the territory. The reality of “Empori solidali”, “Solidarity stores”, is widely spread. They are a sort of special grocery store, managed by volunteers and different associations. People living in difficult situations can come and take, through a peculiar system of payment, whatever they need, especially…

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Africa

SAVE AFRICA

Save Africa is an orphanage in Usa River, near Arusha, Tanzania, founded ten years ago by Francis Raimond with Vaileth Urassa and Mery Leonard. Currently, it gives a home, education, and cures to more than 60 children, and the other 40 attend classes at Save Africa during the day. This association provides education and supports…

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Medical & healthcare

A TANGIBLE HELP FOR RWANDA: ONE FAMILY HEALTH

In Rwanda, most of the population lives in rural areas, where it is difficult to reach hospitals and comprehensive clinics. One Family Health is an organisation founded by Dr. Gunther L. Faber. The organisation aim is to open nurse run entry-level primary healthcare clinics in rural communities aimed at increasing health access to people who…

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Ethical travel

HOW TO MAKE SAFE VOLUNTEERING DURING THE PANDEMIC

From the beginning of 2020, we are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused many deaths due to the lack of precautions. Volunteering is an act of giving: time, money, and help but it is important to consider one’s own health before anything else. Our suggestions to our volunteers are, to research well the destination…

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Community

TENT OF NATIONS: A FARM WHERE RELATIONS ARE CULTIVATED

Daoud Nassar’s Christian-Palestinian family owns a farm, called “Tent of Nations”, situated 9 km southwest of Bethlehem, in the occupied region of West Bank. Despite the continuous threats and the many difficulties of living in such a dangerous environment, the family resiliently continues to live and work there. They resist injustice, violence, and hate, spreading…

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Community

VOLUNTEERING IN OLD PEOPLE’S HOMES

The common purpose of nursing home visits is to raise the morale of the people staying in these institutions and to prevent them from feeling abandoned. Old-aged homes need volunteers. The visit by volunteers prevents them from being deprived of the attention. During the nursing home visit, the only thing that elderly people expect from…

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Animal care

CENTER FOR THE PROTECTION AND RESEARCH OF EXOTIC AND WILD FAUNA

In a natural reserve near Bologna (Monte Adone), there is a Wildlife Rescue Center. It was initially founded in 1989 as a center for autochthonous wildlife but after few months it started to host exotic wildlife too. It has an emergency service for recovery, active 24h every day, for animals found in need. After the…

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