Il Beccogiallo

The association “Il Beccogiallo” is, since 1986, a permanent place of comparison and cultural production which aims to promote aggregation and implementation of the society parts available to implement a real culture of childhood. The minor members, aged between 3 and 14, on daily basis 60 children, the adult members are 15 and they support the association operators. In 1994, the association drew up an agreement with the municipality of Matera for the Socio-Educational Service of disadvantaged minors and minor immigrants.

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Naomi (France) flying with the kids!

In the association, the problems related to this reality are supported by the valorisation of the cultural plurality and the different social situations existing. The association runs, during the year, daily activities for didactic support, manual and expressive body and scientific workshops related to the environment, psychophysical and emotional wellness. Many workshops and activities are implemented in cooperation with many different local organizations.

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Currently “Il Beccogiallo” is made up of 6 staff members and receives support from the adult volunteers-members. “Il Beccogiallo” has been hosting trainees in the frame of the “Leonardo da Vinci” Programme since 2009 and ESC volunteers since 2011. The children and the staff of “Il Beccogiallo” have hosted till now these European youth with enthusiasm and curiosity. The experience of involving foreign youngsters has been, for the association, good support for the implementation of the project, an important motivation to create new initiatives and a valid resource for the children, who are able to interact with new cultures and new languages. All this had, within the association and the local community, positive results in terms of intercultural exchange, relationships and personal growth of the subjects involved. The association and the children’s families know that hosting young people from different countries is an important value to encourage, among the children and the local community, the principle of tolerance, diversity and the fight against discrimination. Until today we hosted 13 long-term EVS volunteers from different countries (Turkey, Spain, France, Slovakia and Norway)

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Outdoor fun

Today Beccogiallo is coordinated by the organization Basilicata Link which manages the ESC within the hosting city of Matera. “Il Beccogiallo” is coordinated by Basilicata Link, who supports all administrational questions of the ESC volunteers hosted and is available in case of problems and mediation necessity. Inside the structure is available a competent staff for the continuous support of the volunteers.
The tutors, Angela and Domenica, realize meetings with the volunteer and have weekly and monthly evaluations to support the learning process and management of crises. Moreover, with the help of the ESC supporter of Basilicata Link the volunteer receives Arrival Training to enter smoothly into the working area and sector. The volunteers receive all necessary training and support, specific if needed, to care for the children and to support their learning process in a positive way.

The volunteers will be involved in the following activities:

1) support the daily life of the association, helping the staff with

  • after school activities of kids from 6 to 14 years or,
  • leisure time activities for kids from 3 to 6 years, and
  • general management of the space, break time, entrance and exit of the kids;

2) artistic and intercultural workshops aimed with the use of non-formal education methods: volunteers will be asked to contribute and use their ideas and skills to culturally enrich the laboratories;
3) activities related to literature, sports, music or theatre for children, sometimes open to parents and the local community; Volunteers will be involved from the preparation to the phase of implementation;
4) games and hands-on activities for learning foreign languages (English, French, Spanish): volunteers will support operators in teaching foreign languages and organize games that stimulate learning in children;
5) documentation of activities and updating the organization’s website;
6) organization of events for the promotion of the European voluntary service in collaboration with volunteers of B-Link;
7) realization of a personal project – depending on YOUR skills and capacities;

Read here two articles written by the greek volunteer Vasiliki, 2022:
Her arrrival in Matera, first impressions:
The work with the kids in Beccogiallo:

The activities planned in both the actions of the project reflect the criteria of the ESC paper and are based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning.


Hosting conditions
Volunteers do live in double rooms, inside a flat shared with other volunteers in Matera. The flats are between 5 and 10 min walking distance from the city centre, and between 5 and 15 min to the hosting organization. The apartments are self-managed by the persons who live inside (cleaning, shopping, cooking) and everyone needs to follow basic rules.

Every volunteer hosted within ESC program receives on a monthly basis:

  • pocket money (5€ per day, about 150 euro)
  • food money (155 euro)

Matera is a city of about 65.000 inhabitants, in the beautiful southern region of Basilicata in Italy. It is the capital of the province of Matera. The town is just in front of a small canyon carved out by the Gravina. Known as the city of the Sassi, its historical center, is famous for the Park of the Rupestrian Churches, which has made Matera considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.  See on the official website when Matera has been living the amazing year of the European Capital of Culture: 

Read on the blog of Human Capital 2019 project what happened in that amazing year, but also in general, what volunteers do during their experience in Matera: 

Dates:  September or October – for 9 months

Selection criteria: young people from EU countries aged 20-30, with some experience of contact with children, a big passion for education, knowledge of English or Italian, any kind of artistic skill, readiness to work in an inclusive space where altruism and flexibility is very important;

Apply: Via the EU Youth Portal, link:
or send CV, motivation letter, skype contact and ESC number to: with the subject “Beccogiallo”

Deadline: 21/08/2022