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All Year: from march to october
Area (ha):
Persons: from 2 to 4
Category: Other
Host ID: 56817
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: November 1, 2017

We run a non-profit cooperative/association, which is part of a larger Volunteering Association, that has been operating for the last 30 years in Scandicci, on the outskirts of Florence, Italy.
At present 13 people work in it, either employed or on a volunteer basis and periodically (educational) work-camps take place here for young people from all over Italy.
The core activity of the Centre is that of collecting and receiving (storing) goods of all kinds that people want to get rid of and give to the Centre, which are then put back in circulation through sale as used material. Goods range from old furniture and appliances to linens and clothing, toys, books and miscellaneous objects.
We are urgently seeking for young adults interested in working with us and learn about what it actually means to be involved in a recycling and re-use centre.
There is so much to do! Right now the most urgent activities regard the:
Hospitality (accomodation) area: in-depth cleaning, ordinary and extra-ordinary maintenance activities are needed to create a more welcoming and warmer atmosphere.
Outside maintenance: pruning, weeding and planting of greens and possible planning of a permaculture garden, in order to create a tidier and more welcoming access to the Centre.
Selling areas: cleaning and maintenance of shelves, showcases, and general sales area.
Pro-sales activities: support in selecting and merchandising the goods and in collection of property from people’s homes.
We offer:
Accommodation within the Centre, with private bedroom and shared kitchen and living-room.
Experience in activities with Social and Ecological scopes within our Cooperative; we offer basic training and supervision by experienced staff.
Bus Stop close-by; (20 minute ride) to reach the main train station and the historic town centre of Florence, pearl of Renaissance art and architecture, and UNESCO heritage site.
Daily breakfast and use of shared kitchen to cook remaining meals.
We speak English and French
We require:
A minimum 10 days stay.
24 hours of work per week (typically 4 hours/day for 6 days a week, but other arrangements can be agreed upon, so as to allow longer periods of free time).

Update october: we wish again to thank all the people who came and work with us, they were all not only a big help for the work, but also very nice people that we from Mani Tese were pleased to host. You came as helpx and leaved as friends!
Now as the cold season is coming, the place is getting cold, so we will start again with the helpx in spring, maybe march maybe april, depending from the weather...

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