Volunteering opportunities with AUR Student Life
Community Gardening at Hortus Urbis
AUR Volunteers join local community gardeners in taking care of Hortus Urbis, an educational garden with solely ancient Roman plants managed by Zappata Romana in the heart of the Appia Antica Park. The Zappata Romana Volunteer Program is usually scheduled the first weekend of the month. Experts agronomists, gardeners, botanists, nursery owners might also be present from time to time to organize small working groups.
Casa Scalabrini 634
Join the AUR Volunteers in one of Rome's most authentically international neighborhoods alongside our friends at Casa Scalabrini 634 for a fun and integrated neighborhood clean-up! Casa Scalabrini works closely with the refugee and migrant community towards integration with locals while preserving and sharing home cultures. After this monthly activity, volunteers often heard towards Piazza Vittorio for a visit to the "multi-ethnic heart of the city" - Rome's International Food Market where you can find cilantro, bok choy, platanos, basmati rice, lemongrass, Thai basil, halal meat, and more. Casa Scalabrini 634 also offers AUR Volunteers opportunities to teach English, and participate in awareness raising events like their Refugee for a Day program.
Amici di Villa Sciarra
AUR Volunteers join our friends and neighbors at our neighborhood park, Villa Sciarra, for a monthly park clean-up, as well as for special projects like replacing or repairing park structures like gazebos, benches or rose trellises. Accompanying the clean-up are also cultural activities for all ages.
Day Trips with the AUR ResGrads
AUR’s peer mentors are a group of students who love all things Italian and are charged with creating activities on a student budget to help you explore the local culture. In addition to their cooking lessons, language exchange, and visits to local sites, they may take students on a day trip to a Santa Marinella beach, the Tivoli Gardens, or the Castelli Romani – anywhere an inexpensive train ticket might take them!
In partnership with the AUR Student Government, the Masquerade Ball is offered in the Spring during Carnivale. Held exclusively for AUR students and their guests, this masked semi-formal event gives students the perfect opportunity to show off the beautiful masks they may have picked up in visits to Venice.