Donate your skills, energy and time to our nonprofit meditation and solidarity centre in Serravalle Scrivia, Italy

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Italy

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    27/10/2021

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  • Description

    Description

    This is one of 100 non-profit International Centres of Meditation and Solidarity spread throughout Asia, Europe, and North America, founded by the Burmese Monk Sayadaw. Here, all kinds of people, including the ones in difficulty (homeless people, single parents, people with addiction problems, mental and physical issues, etc.), find refuge and hospitality for free, in a climate of total openness, respect, and joy, while meditators and volunteers from all over the world collaborate on existing projects or propose new ones.

    The center is located in a natural environment, and eight hectares of forest belong to the center.
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    At the moment we prefer people who want to stay with us for a longer period.

    Right now, we are especially looking for people who have skills in:

    - PLUMBING
    - HEATING SYSTEM
    - Electrician
    - MASON
    - DRONE PILOT

    Currently, we are renovating the second floor of Thabarwa center, we are building new rooms to host more people, either volunteers or people who may need help. Since we are an NGO, we do not have enough capital to invest in the renovation; therefore, we try to do most of the work by ourselves, which is why we are looking for people who have skills in construction works.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    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

    At the center, everyone has the chance to learn from meditation masters and sometimes monks and nuns. The teachings derive from different traditions and allow meditators to practice formally and informally, especially through the realization of good deeds and the full understanding of the meaning of giving help and support to those who may need it. But the preciousness lives in the opportunity to understand how disadvantaged conditions or mental illnesses are a mental block that leads to the creation of categories. Everyone here is a volunteer and has equal duties and rights, respecting diversity above all.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    Volunteers can choose to help in different ways, for example:

    1. In the center:
    A) Helping in the kitchen to cook for the volunteer community;
    B) Cleaning common spaces;
    C) Controlling resources and supplies (food, cleaning material, tools for external works);
    D) Doing general household;

    2. Doing external works:
    A) Woodcutting and transporting;
    B) Helping in the workshop on the fixing or production of furniture;
    C) Creating paths and spaces in the woods surrounding the center;
    D) Helping on the conception of vegetable gardens and orchards;

    3. Teaching:
    A) Helping with language lessons independently or as a team;
    B) Teaching and sharing techniques to implement new projects (permaculture, beekeeping, orchards, botanical gardens, breeding small courtyard animals);
    C) Proposing guided physical activities inside or outside the house;

    4. Promoting the center:
    A) Administering website and social media profiles;
    B) Organising events to attract new volunteers, partners, and donators.

    5. Helping with the events:
    A) Giving a hand in the organization and execution of retreats inside of the center;
    B) Helping in the social events inside or outside of our structure;
    C) Collaborating on other kinds of punctual events, such as Open Day afternoons;

    Very often, we host religious figures (mostly monks and nuns) who also need special treatment, for which all help is also welcome.

    However, apart from the basic structure of the volunteering experience, the routine is dynamic and new ideas are welcome to be put into practice. We have a few projects to release, like the building of a greenhouse, cutis in the forest for solitary meditation, and the implementation of new ecological solutions in the whole physical, human and relational structure. One of the most welcome skills is creativity.

  • Languages spoken

    Arabic: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The building is being renovated, but it's active. There is a male and a female area, with 2/3/4 beds in each room.
    Bathrooms are shared. We offer blankets, pillowcases, and towels, but we prefer if you bring your own sleeping bag if possible. If not we can provide sheets. Guests have access to a washing machine to weekly wash personal clothes and bed linen. Rich vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and snacks are offered at specific moments until 6 pm.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The house is immersed in the silent green of a forest of oaks and century-old trees, a few km from the train stations of Serravalle Scrivia and Arquata Scrivia. Following a beautiful path through the woods you can reach Serravalle Scrivia in 30 minutes. Within a 10 minutes walk, there are local bus stops to reach the nearby towns (Serravalle Scrivia, Gavi, Novi Ligure, Arquata Scrivia) and the largest Outlet of Europe. Although the volunteer work is mostly concentrated in the morning, the beauty of the community life is living it fully, and the afternoon is always an invitation to continue creating and sharing.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours/day, 5 days/week

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