About the local hosting organizationLauriano is a small town approximately 30 km far from Torino. The project area is in the hillside and is characterized mainly by woods and some cultivated lands. For many years the territory has not been managed and left uncared, so that now many areas are abandoned. The local administration and the citizens, in collaboration with Torino University, are promoting a plan for environmental recovery and production, through agroforestry managing systems with high ecological value. Therefore an association called Cornalin was born in 2014, to take care of the territory through a collective managing system, also oriented to sustainable farming and the creation of jobs for young people. The first action to be carried out was the Lauriano forest Camp, organized together with SCI.
About the volunteer workThe main activity will be the maintenance of the Cornalin paths, created last year with the help of SCI volunteers. We will work also at the community nursery and other demonstration areas along the path. In case of rain, we will work to prepare the rooms of the future new hostel of the association. Other works will be the cleaning and fixing little strems and other agricultural activities aimed at showing to the volunteers the differents local productions (vineyard orchard, etc.).
Local accommodationVolunteers will be hosted in the heart of the small community of Lauriano in a rural caratteristic building (cascina Testore). Volunteers will be sleeping in shared rooms on beds (please bring your own sleeping bag or bed sheets). Volunteers will receive food supplies and be in charge of the cooking and cleaning. Do not forget some traditional food from your country for the international evening.
About the project locationLauriano is approximately 30 km far from Torino and 10 km far from Chivasso.
RequirementsBasic skills in using manual and mechanic tools for mowing are really appreciated but not compulsory. Fieldworks require good health and physical conditions. Volunteers should bring their own working boots and gloves.
Extra info about the projectIn the free time it is possible to have a nice walk in the hills around or to visit Torino city during the day. From Monday to Saturday it is possibile to reach Torino with public transport (the travel is one hour long and the cost is 4,20 €).