Study Abroad Volunteering
Volunteering is another popular community engagement option. As a volunteer, you will assist local divisions of national and international non-profit organizations. Umbra’s current partner is UNICEF, the leading international children’s rights and relief organization. During these weekly engagements, you will develop and practice language skills, meet local Italians of all ages, and help others in need.
UNICEF Pigotta Workshop—For two hours a week, students work alongside Italian volunteers and university students to each sew their own “Pigotta” (Raggedy Ann) doll, the symbol of UNICEF in Italy. UNICEF is the world’s leading children’s rights and relief organization. Once the Pigotta dolls are completed, they are adopted to raise funds for vaccination that save a child and their mother in developing countries by providing them with vaccination kits. Volunteers are available to help while students practice language skills and learn about Italian culture and the organization! No sewing experience or language proficiency is required.
Visit Umbra’s blog to read about a recent workshop: www.umbra.org/blog/2012/pigotta-dolls-and-language-exchange-at-unicef/