Heritage and Sustainability in an Italian Alpine Village.
Stories that deserve to be told. People struggling and thriving on a borderland. From Alpine peaks to Mediterranean slopes. Discover Trentino, a unique piece of Italy in the heart of Europe.
Your journey starts in a small village in the Judicaria Valley. This is a relatively marginal district surrounded by major international tourist destinations, and its economy is mostly based on agriculture. Many of its inhabitants commute to nearby towns and main cities for work, and a growing portion of its youngest population moves away in search for better opportunities. As a result, the awareness of the rich natural and cultural heritage of the area is not widespread among the population, which tends to underestimate its social value and its potential as a resource for a sustainable future.
Location: Trentino, Italy
Language: Italian, German, and regional dialects
Lodging: Guest House
Flight: Venice or Verona
Food: Meat, potatoes, pasta, pizza, vegetables, cheese
Key Themes: Arts & Music, Cultural Heritage & Traditions, Environmental Sustainability & Conservation, Peace & Reconciliation, Sustainable Agriculture
HOW TO PLAN A PROGRAM
We pride ourselves in creating mutually empowering and safe global service-learning programs. This means that when you develop an experience with Amizade, you’re building a responsible, intentional, and community driven service-learning program. Programs typically have three phases: (1) pre-immersion, (2) immersion, and (3) re-entry. Amizade works with you in all three phases to develop your program, including to build curriculum, itineraries, budgets, evaluation, follow-up, and sustainability.
The first step in building your program is to have a chat with us. We’re a people-powered organization, which means a little less tech and a little more human conversation. Send us an email, give us a ring or fill out this form to initiate the start of your journey.
Once we’re all feeling good about a potential collaboration and have a clear, co-created vision, Amizade and its partners submit a proposal to you. The proposal will include an overview of what you might be engaging in, a draft itinerary, health and safety information, and a transparent line-item budget.
After the proposal is agreed on, we send over a digital contract. This includes important legal and financial considerations. After a signed contract and a non-refundable $1,000 deposit are submitted, we can officially lock in your dates and begin the process of preparing for your program.
This phase includes pre-departure orientations (we mandate at least one with our staff), learning about the process of travel, culture, service, and the community you are visiting. This is also when family and community sensitization takes place, as well as any relevant coursework. Often this is when we see group bonding start, comfort zones being extended, and new challenges (as well as some nerves and excitement).
This is the travel phase. Community engagement, reflective practice, academic inquiry, and exploration all should be taking place at this time. All of our programs are a mixture of service, workshops, and cultural and recreational activities. Participants will step out of their comfort zones, try new things, engage complex issues, be introduced to new networks and ideas, and bond. Often this can be a very disrupting, inspiring, and transformational experience.
After a transformative experience, we sometimes can fall right back into the grind of life when we return home. It can be tough, isolating, and confusing. Re-entry is perhaps the most important phase for determining what kind of neighbor – the very person – you become. It’s also the easiest to ignore. In this phase, there should be serious reflection, advocacy, support systems, and/or a plan for community engagement, or social action. Depending on the design and funding of your program, Amizade can help create a plan and opportunities for participants.
Since 1994 we have been thought leaders and pioneers in developing best practices in responsible global service-learning, study abroad, and solidarity-building volunteering experiences. We work with:
Universities (faculty-led, alternative break, and semester abroad)
Community and Religious Groups
CULTURE AND RECREATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Alpine Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
Stilt house settlements built from around 5000 to 500 B.C
The largest lake in Italy, known for its crystal clear water
Sentieri della Cooperazione
Hike on a historic trail connecting Riva del Garda and Val Rendena
A unique museum not “contained” in a building but rather the land itself
Historic heritage site and organic farm
Riva del Garda
A historic town located at the northern tip of Lake Garda
World War II historical walking tour
Explore WWI trenches, WWII air raid shelters, and much more.
OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Dolomit - Learning Experiences for the Curious is an independent provider of education abroad programs based in Trentino, the butterfly-shaped province of Northeast Italy. The name “Dolomit” pays homage to one of the most stunning mountain ranges of the world, the Dolomites, a source of identity and pride for the people of this corner of Italy and now a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.
Giovane Judicaria is a youth association striving to enhance the Judicaria territory through youth activism and youth-led initiatives. The association organizes events, courses, competitions, and activities in the area.
Alpinismo Giovanile - Società degli Alpinisti Tridentini - The youth alpine association aims to promote knowledge of the Trentino mountains, construct shelters, create and maintain hiking paths, and discover and promote new routes and mountaineering ascents.
Assistant Site Director
Find a sample itinerary of activities for groups in Italy.