About the local hosting organizationLEGAMBIENTE LOCAL GROUP: The voluntary association Legambiente Ottaviano “Mimmo Beneventano” began its activity of denunciation of the abuses of that area in the early '80s as a local association, and joined Legambiente in 1989. In recent years the association has linked his name to important initiatives to expose illegality's spread on the territory of Vesuvius, managing to achieve important results like the closure of garbage dump of Somma Vesuviana, Herculaneum and Terzigno, located in the National Park, the numerous charges against abusive pits, hydrogeological instability, aquifers and wells’ pollution, forest fires, illegal building and so on; sometimes denouncing omissions, indifference and inefficiency of local administration. Moreover, Legambiente is in charge of excursions in the Vesuvius National Park, environmental education, “environment and legality” help desk, volunteer workcamp and civil protection.
About the volunteer workPROJECT SUMMARY: the workcamp will contribute in the biodiversity and legality safeguard at Vesuvius slopes. Description: PROJECT: Participants will be mainly involved in the care and maintenance of the “Environment and Legality” observatory of the Vesuvius National Park (VNP), managed by Legambiente. It is a structure containing among the outdoor spaces, 4 community gardens, a remembrance and civil commitment’s park (with trees in memory of Mafia’s victims), 2 indoor classrooms for activities with children and young people. The indoor area is characterized by an intercultural workshop and a projection room. The volunteers will also be engaged in the cleaning and maintenance of the paths of the VNP and in the requalification of the old train station of Boscotrecase managed by Libera and Legambiente. Finally, at the headquarters of Legambiente, they will participate in moments of exchange and social confrontation with the local guys and/or with other people engaged in the defense of common goods with other associations. WORK: The volunteers will be engaged in the care and maintenance of the spaces of the confiscated property and trails park. Moreover, volunteers will be involved in other social activities for awareness about legality and biodiversity carried on by the local group. STUDY PART: The volunteers will be engaged in training activities in the afternoon: they will meet the members of the association, relatives of victims of crime, members of other associations with the aim to explain the link between the territory always exposed to lawlessness and the fight for the exploitation of the beauties landscape.
Local accommodationACCOMMODATION AND FOOD: The accomodation has to be confirmed. They will eat Italian and, especially, Neapolitan typical food, known all over the world as the cornerstone of Mediterranean diet.
About the project locationLOCATION AND LEISURE: Ottaviano is located in the Vesuvius National Park, 22 km from Naples city center. The park was established in June 1995 and covers an area of around 135 square kilometers all located within the Province of Naples. It is centered on the active volcano and its most ancient (now inactive) crater, Monte Somma. It houses 612 vegetable species and 227 wildlife ones. In this landscapes it’s possible to walk in mountain paths, many churches, park headquarters. Possible visits: Pompei, Naples, Vesuvio.
RequirementsSPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: attitude to walk in the mountains. TERMINAL: Capodichino-Napoli Aeroports. Train station Napoli and local train; station : Ottaviano-Sarno, the stop Ottaviano. LANGUAGE: English