During the last years The Diaconia Valdese (Waldensian Diaconia) developed a wide volunteer programme, which can be divided up in two big categories:
Volunteers of both groups are brought into the duty and the projects with the refugees and the emigrants led by the Diaconia Valdese, the Federazione delle Chiese Evangeliche in Italia (Protestant Churches Federation in Italy) and by the local churches.
The volunteers support the social workers in the activities of support and integration of the refugees and the migrants and often contribute significantly to the creation of a territorial network, which helps their social inclusion. However, professional specific-skilled figures are indispensable for some activities (for instance the legal and psychological support).
Some volunteers collaborate as Italian teachers for migrants and refugees, with good results.
Volunteer work can be also seen as a way of integration and skill development for the refugees and the migrants who, as they participate in projects with volunteers, might sometime collaborate themselves to make the inclusion process of other migrants easier.