Italy

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I spent 2 weeks in a secondary school in Naples Italy.
I am a retired teacher.I didn’t realize how much I miss
students until I met the staff and students in Italy.
The students were so enthusiastic and inquisitive.
They had many questions about America and my life there
I had brought pen pal letters from my granddaughters,
cousins and friends.It was a big hit.I have the Italian
students’ replies. We hope to continue our new friendships

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Nov 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I volunteered at the refugee project in Italy for my school's practicum for 4 weeks and it was one of the best things I've ever done in my life. I went into the program not really having much of an idea of what would be expected of me or what my jobs would entail. I quickly found myself doing things I had no idea I could do, such as teach english and fitness classes (thank god for Google!) My first week in Italy I got my bearings around town and my duties. The second week I began to make connections with the refugees and the locals alike. My third week I really deepened those connections, and my fourth week I began to see all my hard work come together as I saw some of the changes I had made in Camini and the people in it. Overall, the experience was an emotional rollercoaster with many highs and lows. But I'm so glad for the lows because the highs wouldn't have been as high. I made connections with people I never would have had an opportunity to make otherwise, not only with the refugees but with the locals and the other volunteers as well. Camini truly stole a place in my heart and I hope to go back one day.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Aug 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My experience had its ups and down. The positive parts of this experience involve getting to know volunteers as good friends, meeting people from around the world, and learning new things about yourself through being in a complex environment. The downsides include possible bad roommates, bugs, and heatstroke.
Basically what happens is that the volunteers become good friends with you, almost to the point where you can bond with some of them as if you were family if you luck out and you both are there for similar amount of time. That doesn’t mean that everyone will get along with you, and like any other place out there in the world, there is the possibility of bad roommates. For me, it was just the age difference that showed maturity gaps because I was on average at least 6 years older than the other women in the house I was staying in. If I had been there longer with them in the room, I would’ve requested a room switch, but the universe made it so that I was in a room by myself for most of my trip. I had forgotten that I’m not 18 anymore when I applied for the project, and I think being aware of this stuff is something that is crucial for someone if they are to stay there for a month, for instance.
Depending on where you get placed (work wise), you can get to know the refugees quite well. I enjoyed this part the most because I got to dance with them, eat with them, meet women who spoke 7 languages fluently, and experience many other things. As a woman, I was encouraged heavily right off the bat to work with mostly children in daycare, and I knew right away that it would not be a good fit for me. The people who work in the project are very accommodating and are eager to help you make the most of your experience. Realizing I couldn’t work with the children too much for a number of reasons (attachment being the main reason), I found myself much happier with the adult refugees and when I worked within the library. You become very attached to people in this tiny town because you are around them all the time, and when I got heatstroke, I felt very cared for by everyone despite going through the very un-fun experience of getting sick in a foreign country. There’s also the bugs, which can be beaten with bug spray on at all times. The times I forgot, I regretted it deeply. I came home with around 20 bug bites due to forgetting to put on bug spray for 2 hours on my last day there.
Nevertheless, you really get to experience a community like no other when you go on this trip, and while it isn’t perfect, and by no means a vacation, you leave with memories that make you wonder when you’ll visit again to see how much the town has changed in a couple of years.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Aug 23, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
7

Academic Studies Abroad

As a professor, I loved working with Academic Studies Abroad. On three different study abroad trips, they provided me and my students with excellent preparation for the experience of life and study in another country, as well as the benefit of their extensive experience with all arrangements. Their attention to detail and support made for a memorable and hassle-free time in Italy for all of us. Highly recommended!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Jun 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

CSA - Center for Study Abroad

Had a good experience in Rome. CSA is cheaper than other study abroad sites. I also liked the easy registration process, and payment system. They provided my confirmation docs in a timely manner. The staff are very busy and they can't always answer the phone. Email is the best way to reach staff. I would go with them again.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Apr 26, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
6
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

I decided to volunteer with Projects Abroad for their new "Refugee Project" in Italy. This was a life changing experience. Every step of the way I felt comfortable and confident in my placement and the support of the program. I had the opportunity to work with newly arrived minor refugees to build relationships with them and help teach them basic business skills. During my stay we also had a boat of over 800 refugees arrive. Working along side the red cross and helping the new refugees feel confident we are there to help was life changing in every way possible. I highly recommend this project to anyone who wants to no longer sit and watch the refugee crisis from your TV and actually make an impact

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Mar 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Concordia Volunteers

The program offered by Concordia Volunteers are amazing, I got the chance to discover an anarchic independent community in the periphery of Rome (an amazing city adding to that). The camp was based in the participation of all in the community activities, including cleaning and cooking. In addition we helped to organise a screen-printing and comics festival (which was the main goal of the camp at the beginning). I got to meet amazing and open-minded people, that welcomed our team in their fort for 2 weeks and learned very interesting story about the place and the people.The artists of the festival were amazing as well.
The fact that Concordia provides such opportunities is incredible, it pushes young people to open themselves to the world. This program taught me to be more independent, autonomous and understanding.
The only issue I had during those 2 weeks were the other volunteers on the team, most were amazing obviously and we had a lot of fun, including with the local people of the fort and the artists. However, some were just not motivated enough about the goal of the camp which was to discover an amazing community and help them set their festival up. I think Concordia should be more selective in the future.
Still, I would recommend this organisation to anyone willing to have an unique experience abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Jan 31, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
7

Sant'Anna Institute - Sorrento Lingue

Everyday when I wake up and take my walk to class I have to remind myself that I am not dreaming, this is real life, this is my semester at Sant'Anna. Everywhere you turn there is another breathtaking view, or life changing experience. Yet, it doesn't stop once you get to class. The facility and staff are the friendliest people I have ever met! They make it their personal goal to ensure that your time abroad is an experience as rich and amazing as the culture and landscape of Sorrento. I could go on forever about how rewarding this journey has been for me but you will not understand until you take your first stroll to class through the streets of Sorrento and further your education in the halls of the Sant'Anna Institute!

Apply now! http://santannainstitute.com/en/admissions.php

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Nov 3, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

CEA - Cultural Experiences Abroad

It is truly ashame to charge parents the ridiculous amount for this program. The lack of orientation is by far none. The welcoming staff barely speaks English and was never seen again for four months . Your staff at CEA in Italy gave no through orientation or bare guidance to students.Your professors rude and condescending to students. When coming from a accredited University in the US to this program, one fines it lacks the respect between professor and student. As a parent paying 17k for this program , your level of staff should be professional and up to standard.

Your housing for students and housekeeping is bare minimum , leaving students to fend for themselves in a foreign country. Example : a rodent problem or an electric problem, no guidance or staff member is available to students. God Forbid, if there is a true emergency!!
The housekeeping staff showed up for 8 minutes and left. No issue for young adults to clean up after themselves but not acceptable when advised no major cleaning is needed and that it is taken care of. Instead at check out parents and students are left to major clean the housing themselves so it is left in acceptable standard or even better.
Items promised were never in the apartment., printer none, a poor internet connection for the number of students in the apartment .

If your college student is accustomed to professional level of education , please do not sign them up for this program. It is costly and not run professionally!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Dec 22, 2014
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

SPI Study Abroad

My daughter, Madison, had an amazing time with SPI in Siena. She hadn't done much international travel beforehand (just to Mexico), and so was pretty nervous before departing. However, she ended up having such an empowering experience. Honestly, I can't say enough good things about SPI and the Siena program.

Her host mother was an elderly woman with no children, whom she became very close with. This was, I think, one of her favorite parts of the program and is really what made the experience so rich and culturally-satisfying.

The level of supervision was perfect. It was exactly what I had envisioned when I was doing my research of programs. SPI staff is always available and are with the students for a healthy portion of the day, but allow the students a bit of free time as well. This was great because it basically allowed Madison to have some independence in a controlled environment. I didn't want her hand to be held constantly, but I didn't want her to have every afternoon free, as I know some programs do.

As far as classes go, they seemed to be very stimulating. The students spent some time on grammar and really focused on discussion and learning about the culture. Madison struggled a bit at the beginning with feeling overwhelmed by the language, but it is amazing how fast the students acclimate - after just a couple days, she felt much more comfortable, and by the end of the program could hold conversations with locals, etc. (she was a beginner before the program!).

I really can't recommend SPI enough. The immersion and program structure is top-notch, and the staff is wonderfully helpful and knowledgeable. I wish I could send her back this summer!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Mar 21, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

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