Volunteering

Come with us to help those who need it most!

For some it is a vocation, for some passion, for some it starts right away, for others it is elaborated over the years. It is the desire to leave, not for any trip, not for a vacation but for a volunteer experience in the most diverse places of our culture.

The experience of volunteering changes your life forever. It is a teaching that fills the baggage of your experiences. You often think you are helping, then you realise they are actually helping you. Yes, it is the place people who teach you so much, leading you away from your busy everyday life. There is therefore a relationship of mutual understanding between those who arrive and the local people.

You spend time together, work together and together grow to learn the most from different cultures.

Afritalia

In Italy

The Strawberry Fields Onlus team is on the lookout for anyone who wants to help keep things running and spread the word. There is no need to go far to give concrete help, anyone can contribute to the success of our projects thanks to a job of supporting the activities of the no-profit organization. We seek and welcome adults, boys, women, men and children who can give active participation. But what exactly is it about? Here are some examples:

  • Search for new resources with us
  • Find new initiatives with us
  • Prepare reports and documents that can help the proper conduct of the activities
  • Research and surveys
  • Raisin awareness in public places
  • Any other activity of your own initiative that may be useful and appropriate

Remember: Investing your time by becoming a volunteer is the biggest donation you can make!

Afrietiopia

In Ethiopia

The Organisation co-ordinates volunteer groups at different times of the year, looking for people ready to go to Ethiopia who will be able to give their help in teaching and manual activities for at least 3 weeks; time considered appropriate to give real, meaningful and concrete help. The Organisation will prepare programs to be held while staying in Ethiopia so that every short period contributes to the creation of long-term programs.

This is why “Strawberry Fields Onlus” offers short-term international training and volunteering trips to Ethiopia. What we propose is not a simple trip to Africa, but the choice to share a strong experience with us, which will bring you closer and in touch with poor children, street children, AIDS-sick orphans, but who will be able to give you a lot.

In Addis Ababa, we collaborate with St. John Baptist de La Salle Institute, a Lasallian school run by Brother Kassu Fantaye. The activities will be many, including teaching basic English and/or Mathematics lessons to children, performing social activities with them, organising recreational activities and pertinent initiatives. In Dire Dawa we collaborate with the orphanage Abune Endrias, run by the Capuchin Friars. In the orphanage there are girls from 4 to 18 years of age. Here, we teach them how to cook, take care of themselves and their “home”, we compare and give advice in particular on delicate topics. We also help them do their homework and make sure they attend classes and excel as best as possible at school.

Some proof

Elena Marchi

"Everything started a bit like that, I always wanted to participate in a volunteer experience in Africa and when I found myself in the decision to leave or not, somewhat frightened, I did not hesitate and booked a flight for Addis Ababa.” So this summer I spent three weeks in the orphanage of Mother Teresa Sisters of Calcutta at Asco with nearly 200 children aged 2 to 18. Telling this experience is not simple, all I can write is not how to live in your own skin. Surely your satisfaction and what is more of a heart to your return home are the memories of so many smiling children who you have helped or with whom you simply exchanged a smile with. Spending the days with them overwhelms you, contact with children is strong and it is hard not to fall in love with them so much, any activity done together is a moment of happiness for everyone, to see their joy and curiosity just to have a hand in their hands pencil with which colour fills the heart. These little babies have been able to make me reflect on the true value of life and when you realise that more than giving is what you receive your thoughts is asking you when you can resume.

Francesca Tellatin

"I started volunteering in Ethiopia after I was 18 and today, I still think it was the best experience of my life. Maria Vittoria and I lived a month in the outskirts of Addis Ababa with a group of Spanish volunteers, Guests at Brother Kassu's home, who had greeted us and supported us as if we were acquainted with a life. Immersing ourselves in a reality so different from ours, breathing those smells so intense, but above all to help and grow with the people I met there was gratifying: I bring in the heart of the Children of the Light and Life (school for street children) and the school in Asco where Brother Kassu is now President. There we provided any kind of support, we did as Mathematics and English teachers, as workers to dismantle the scaffoldings of a school and class paintings. I believe anyone, boy or adult, experiencing a similar experience, he or she can get something unique and that is why I recommend it."

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