1. Volunteer tour guide for the City Hall (Palazzo Vecchio) Museum
Through an agreement with MUS.E. association, 2 ISI students are volunteer tour guides at magnificent Palazzo Vecchio!. They accompany English-speaking tourists through the palatial and magnificently decorated rooms of Florence’s most prestigious palazzo built in the thirteenth century and home of the city government for nearly 700 years!.
2. Volunteer tour guide for Ars et Fides
A large group of students are serving as English-speaking tour guides in one of the main churches in Florence (Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella, Santa Trinita etc.)! Volunteers become members of the Ars et Fides Association and receive training from senior experienced Italian guides who are themselves volunteers for the same association.
3. Teaching assistance in a local school
School principals are more and more interested in offering to Italian students hands on experiences and reciprocity. 19 ISI students assist English language teachers to enhance the learning of a foreign language in public schools (kindergarten, elementary, middle or high school). Also, students with a good level of Italian give one to one tutoring classes to these same students (age 9-14) in the afternoons. This is the perfect cultural exchange opportunity.
7. The Flo'n the go info and news on the web
“Flo‘n the Go” is a website that provides useful information about Florence to help people experience and enjoy the city. The three students involved—under an editor’s supervision—update, regulate, and manage the webpage, as well as post texts or comments on the different events in Florence. Students attend events and museums, go to fairs and exhibitions and share their impressions with an English speaking audience.
9. I ragazzi di Sipario
Thanks to this co-op, disabled people have the chance to work in a restaurant that serves the general public located in the heart of Florence, and to participate in many labs organized and led by professionals and volunteers. The three ISI volunteer students supervise and interact with the regular workers, get them involved in English labs, discover talents while enhancing skills .
10. Opportunities At The Synagogue:
Students can be involved in a wide variety of volunteer opportunities offered by the Jewish Community Center. Those who enjoy kids can assist kindergarten teachers and educators with their regular activities for children. There are two libraries, a museum that holds a historical/artistic exhibition covering the most important moments of the Florentine Jews’ history and a nursing home. This semester a student is helping out with communication and marketing the cultural events to the English speaking public.
14. Ronald McDonald House
Volunteers make a big difference in the lives of families hosted in Florence’s chapter of the Ronald McDonald House by playing with the kids, helping them with their homework, and simply being a warm, dependable presence. Students this semester are organizing fundraising events to support the growth of this fundation.