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Come and help us in a re-used and upcycling Center in Scandicci, near to Florence! Italy

  • Italy
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  • Last activity: 26/11/2022



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    We run a non-profit cooperative, which is part of a larger Volunteering Association, that has been operating for the last 30 years in Scandicci, on the outskirts of Florence, Italy.
    At present 13 people work in it, either employed or on a volunteer basis and periodically work-camps take place here for young people from all over Italy.
    The core activity of the Centre is that of collecting and receiving goods of all kinds that people want to get rid of and give to the Centre, which are then put back in circulation through sale as used material. Goods range from old furniture and appliances to linens and clothing, toys, books and miscellaneous objects.
    We are seeking for young adults interested in working with us and learn about what it actually means to be involved in a recycling and re-use centre.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Charity Work
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Experience the activities, interactions to people with Social and Ecological scopes within our Cooperative.
    We can offer bicycles to our guests, to ride to the next supermarket or to the public parks close to our center.

  • Help


    There is so much to do! For instance:
    Welcoming area: cleaning, ordinary and extra-ordinary maintenance activities to create a more welcoming and warmer atmosphere.
    Outside maintenance: weeding and/or planting and watering in the outside space, in order to create a tidier and more welcoming access to the Centre.
    Selling areas: cleaning and maintenance of shelves, showcases, and general sales area.
    Pre-sales activities: support in selecting and merchandising the goods and in collection of stuffs and objects from people’s homes.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation within the Centre, with private bedroom and shared kitchen and living-room, with people working in the center. The accomodation is located in a building just close to the shop, where the workawayers will stay alone during the evening. That's why we prefer a couple. The volunteers will have to cook for themselves with their own expenses, unless occasionaly at lunchtime when we stay together the cooperative offers the food.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Bus Stop close-by; (30 minute ride) to reach the main train station and the historic town centre of Florence, pearl of Renaissance art and architecture, and UNESCO heritage site. A shop and a bar close to the Centre, a big supermarket and shopping center reachable in 15 minutes by bike.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    about 24 hours a week, tipically 4 hours a day for 5 days

Host ref number: 879976513198

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