Wings of Solidarity

Conference on Volontary Service
Friday, 9. July 2010 - 16:00 to Sunday, 11. July 2010 - 14:00
Trasimeno, Italy
Isola Polvese, Island within Trasimeno Lake, Italy, July 9-11, 2010
In a society shaped by egoism and indifference, new experiences of social engagement, voluntary service and brotherhood/sisterhood emerge.

Sumud discusses with

’Aiutiamoli a Vivere’ (’Let’s help them to live’) -
’Gazzella ONLUS’ (’Gazelle - Non-Profit Association’) -
’Ragazzi Missionari’ (’Missionary Youth’) -
’Peace Reporter’ -

Friday, July 9
16.00 – Arrival at Isola Polvese, move into accommodation, get together
20.00 – Dinner
21.00 – Short presentation of the week-end: programme, profile and objectives
22.00 – Screening of a documentary film by the greek film director Nikos Klitsikas on Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon

Saturday, July 10
The day is dedicated to the presentation of the participating organisations’ experiences. Each session will start with a short self-presentation, followed by the description of the geo-political and humanitarian situation in the areas of intervention. Finally, the organisation’s field work will be presented.

9.00 – Sumud: voluntary service and resistence in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.
Speakers: Enrico Sodacci (Sumud Chair) und Giacomo Zuccarini (Sumud Secretary)

11.00 – Gazzella: On the side of Palestinian children, victims of occupation
Speaker: Francesca Bettini (founder member of Gazzella)

13.00 – Lunch

14.00 – Ragazzi missionari: Catholic voluntary service in Latin America
Speaker: t.b.d.

18.00: Aiutiamoli a vivere: The role of NGOs and non-profit associations in conflict zones. The cases of Iraq and Somalia.
Speaker: Tusio de Iuliis (Aiutiamoli a vivere Chair)

20.00 – Dinner

21.30 – Concert

Sunday, July 11
A Round Table discussion will allow the representatives of the participating organisations as well as the other participants to exchange on the different concepts of voluntary service and the various organisations’ field experience.

9.30 – Solidarity with the peoples, not with the Empire. What kind of voluntary service to reach which objectives?

12.30 – Lunch

13.30 – Conclusion and departure

The conference will take place in the hostel Fattoria Il Poggio ( on the Isola Polvese, located inside the picturesque Natural Preserve Trasimeno. The island can be easily reached by ferry boat from San Feliciano (one way fares €3.40, two way fares within the same day €5.00)

Rooms incl. breakfast (bathroom outside the room): €22
Rooms incl. breakfast (bathroom inside the room): €28
Meal: €12

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