BACKGROUND: Since many years YAP Italy organise workcamps in Roiate in cooperation with the town hall and an NGO called “Sentiero Verde” (Green Footpath). Roiate is a small isolated and picturesque village, about 45 km from Rome, surrounded by the natural park of Aniene river. There are some ancient ruins in the park: this territory has been inhabited since the pre-Roman era and you can still observe pieces of polygonal walls (aka “Cyclopean masonry”) built in the Iron Age. In the Middle Age, Roiate fell under control of the monastery of Subiaco and, according to the legend, Saint Benedict from Norcia left his mark on a stone nearby while lying on it. Ever since the IV century a church and then a convent were built to preserve this stone. The church, devoted to Saint Benedict himself, still exists. Rich natural, cultural and historical heritage ensures the constant interest of pilgrims and hikers in visiting this area thanks to several trekking footpaths across the natural park. The workcamp is organised with Roiate Municipality and “Sentiero Verde” a non profit organisation that since 30 years deals with trekking and ecotourism in Lathium region, creates different extra urban and urban footpaths, organises training courses for mountain guides, promotes sustainable tourism and local development of territory through hiking. Thanks to the previous workcamps, “Sentiero Verde” has already restored a part of footpath of Roiate, it’s time to make a next step!
WORK: Volunteers will be involved in many different outdoor activities such as cleaning and maintenance of the path that leads from the village to the ancient ruins, signals and fences restoring, lands reclaiming, garbage removing. Volunteers will be working 6-7 hours per day under the supervision of local technical leader. Be prepared for physical work and hiking mountain paths every day! Volunteers will also have the chance to meet the local community, participating in meetings and events and helping Sentiero Verde in hiking events. This workcamp is recommended for those who love nature, enjoy working outdoors, taking care of the environment and walking a lot. You must have a suitable mountain equipment: trekking shoes, backpack, windbreaker and raincoat, hat, working gloves, flashlight (preferably frontal), water bottle.
ACCOMMODATION: Volunteers will be hosted in the mountain shelter around 2 km away from the town centre. The lodging is structured into shared rooms with common bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. You must bring your sleeping bag and a mat. Budget for the food is provided. The volunteers will go shopping, cook and clean as a team.
LOCATION: Roiate, 60 km away from Rome, is a very small village (around 800 inhabitants, a bit more in the summertime). Although it’s not far from Rome, there is no bus connection after 5 p.m. so It’s NOT possible to visit Rome after work or in the free time. Visit to Rome could be arranged only during the free day!! You will have a perfect opportunity to get to know a very friendly local community, to hike every day and discover the local traditional cuisine as well! Old ladies of the village would love to teach you some typical recipes! Please, bring with you typical games, recipes, musical instruments from your country. The best option to arrive in Roiate is to take a direct bus (before 05 pm) from Roma Anagnina bus station [Metro A] http://servizi.cotralspa.it/
TERMINAL: Roiate bus station. Rome airports (Ciampino, Fiumicino)
SPECIAL REMARKS: YAP project-related motivation letter is required. Please, consider that Roiate is quite isolated and although is not far from Rome, there is no bus connection after 5 p.m. It’s NOT possible to visit Rome after work or in the free time. Visit to Rome could be arranged only during the free day.
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