Arrival Procedure for Volunteers in Italy
- Arrival Airport: Reggio Calabria airport (REG)
On arrival at Reggio Calabria Airport, a clearly visible Projects Abroad staff member will be waiting with a sign to collect you. You will then be taken to your accommodation, where our staff member will help you settle in comfortably, and introduced you to your fellow volunteers staying at the same location as you.
The travel time from the airport to your accommodation will be about a 30-minute drive, although this could vary depending on traffic.
Volunteers who arrive very late or early will be taken to a nearby hotel for their first night, and only to their accommodation the following day.
Volunteering in Italy: Induction and Orientation
Your induction will take place either on the day that you arrive or on the following day. You will be picked up at your accommodation and taken on a town orientation tour. You will be shown landmarks and amenities such as the post-office, banks, an internet café, and a bureaux de change facility. You will also get the opportunity to buy a local SIM card and mobile phone.
Our staff will show you where you can catch a bus or taxi, and you will have an opportunity to meet the other volunteers. Your Projects Abroad Handbook, as well as any safety and security information, will be explained to you on this day too.
Volunteers who arrive over the weekend will have their induction on the first Monday after they arrive, as banks, the post-office, and exchange bureaus, are closed on weekends.
Opportunities to Travel
During your time in Italy, you will have several exciting opportunities to travel. Over weekends you can take a ferry to Sicily and climb Mount Etna, the tallest volcano in Europe. Or, you can explore Calabria’s beautiful sand beach, go scuba diving, sailing, fishing, and trekking. These are great opportunities to meet locals, mingle with other volunteers from around the world, and learn more about the unique cultures and ways of life of the local people in your destination.