Published: April 4, 2024

Location: Italy


Closing Date: April 14, 2024

Project MARE Volunteer

About the organisation

Project M.A.R.E. represents a unique volunteering experience in collaboration with the MPA of Punta Campanella to support marine conservation initiatives which aim to reduce human impacts on the marine natural resources within the region. Volunteers will work to spread awareness about the richness of marine ecosystems, to promote ecotourism, to stop anchoring and pollution, to clean up beaches and the sea, working side by side with operators of the MPA and many local organizations which work to achieve similar goals.

During the last eleven years of activities (from 2013 until today) volunteers have participated to many local initiatives, international meetings and conferences, and they have achieved many results in terms of support to the MPA and personal development. This life-changing experience provides a powerful way to make people understand the interactions between humans and ecological systems, helping them to understand the direction to take in their lives.

About the role

This year, the MPA of Punta Campanella is looking for volunteers to take part in two different projects!

1. Project MARE – MPA Punta Campanella
Who? 4 volunteers
Where? Massa Lubrense, 80061, Napoli (MPA Punta Campanella) (Hosted in Nerano)
When? 10th May – 30th November
Doing what? Supporting the MPA in a lot of different activities (monitoring of natural sites, guided visits, scientific studies, educational activities outdoor and indoor)

2. Project MARE – Conservation program in Cilento
Who? 5 volunteers
Where? Cilento‘s coast
When? 20th May 2024 – 20th October 2024
Doing what? Supporting the effort of conservation and monitoring of marine turtle nests (early morning beach monitoring – you won’t see turtles, only traces -, nest hatching monitoring,  preparation and implementation of educational activities).


Volunteers should be open-minded, curious and tolerant with a positive attitude and willingness to learn. We would like to host people with a particular interest and love for nature, the ocean, marine conservation, environmental education and outdoor activities to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience set in a multi-cultural context.

Finally, due to the short period covered by the project, the MPA won’t be able to offer Italian classes as intensives as it did the previous years. However, the work will require a high level of interaction with locals, and thus a capacity to understand and/or learn Italian fast.

So, we ask all the candidates to specify their Italian level, knowing that it will be an important (but non exclusive) criteria for us.

Salary and benefits

This is a voluntary position.

The project is a part of the ESC programme and is financed by the Italian National Agency. Thanks to these funds we can cover these expenses for volunteers:

Round trip – arrival and return to and from the Sorrento Peninsula at the beginning and end of the project;

Accommodation – shared accommodation and rooms with other volunteers;

Food Expenses– an amount of 150€ per month is guaranteed to each volunteer to cover food expenses (possibly in the form of coupons);

Pocket Money – an amount of 150€ per month is guaranteed to each volunteer for extra expenses;

Training – several training sessions, including weekly Italian classes, will be provided to volunteers in order to give them the best tools to support our work;

Orienteering – the first step of the project is to integrate in the local community, to orient yourselves in your new place and to understand the geography of the territory and the province of Naples in order to feel at home;

Mentoring– volunteers will take part in weekly meetings with the mentors and the coordinator to analyse and reflect on the training process, the progression of activities and the possible problems that might be faced during the project.

Start date

May 2024

How to apply

Send a mail to with:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation video of 1 minute through WeTransfer in which you briefly explain who you are and why you believe to be the right person for Project M.A.R.E. 2024 (MPA or CILENTO).
  • In the email, don’t forget to precise if you apply for the project 1 (MPA), the project 2 (Cilento) or both.

Successful applicants will be invited for an interview in the third  and fourth week of April.

DEADLINE: 14th of April 2024.