In the Community
Outside the Classroom: Florence, SACI, & You
As a SACI student living and studying in the heart of Florence’s historic center, you will have myriad opportunities to connect to the Florentine community through class projects and volunteer work.
From the Classroom to the Community
SACI students visit the studios of artists and designers in Florence, create artworks for local hospitals and therapy centers, design posters for human rights agencies and slow food organizations, and restore archaeological artifacts and art treasures that are part of Italy’s rich cultural heritage. Through SACI courses, you will have opportunities to exhibit your artworks at local galleries and in major Florentine institutions such as the Museum of Anthropology and the Museum of Natural History and engage with other SACI students in multidisciplinary projects at world-renowned museums, such as the Accademia and the Bargello, and with internationally-known organizations such as Ferragamo.
Depending on the term, students enrolled in Italian language courses often have the chance to meet regularly with Italian students for individual Italian exchange sessions.
Beyond the Classroom: Student Volunteer Opportunities
Connecting with the community is at the core of the SACI experience̶̶ ̶ both inside and outside of the classroom. SACI actively promotes volunteer opportunities and community service. Through voluntarism you will discover the “real” life of Florence and Florentines. In many instances, you will be able to improve your Italian language skills.
Through arrangements that SACI has reached with organizations in Florence, you will have a wide range of volunteer opportunities from which to choose. You will be able to assist in the teaching of English at elementary schools, work at a children’s lending library, serve as an English-language museum guide, help at a human rights agency, assist with the installation of SACI Gallery exhibitions, or work on creative projects with healthcare providers and patients.
In these and other ways, your experience will extend far beyond the classroom. You will meet people from all walks of life, and hopefully they will have as positive impact upon your life and you will have on theirs.
Spotlight: Fall 2019 Student Volunteers
"My Tuesday mornings [volunteering] at the school are one of the highlights of my week! There is a lot of translating, so I brush up on my Italian too! I can’t thank you enough for helping to facilitate this experience - it is, without a doubt, an experience I will always cherish!" — PM (Spring 2019)
"I've been loving giving tours! It's very calm and the Italian guides who gave my introduction tour were exceptionally enthusiastic and sweet. It's been a fantastic experience and I love it!'' — KS (Spring 2019)
''I have had a wonderful experience [at the Herbarium], the staff is very kind and they always try to help me learn something new while I am there. Chiara, Anna, and Lorenzo are always so nice in explaining each of the different steps and I enjoy seeing the preserved plants from an artistic and conservation of cultural heritage point of view.'' — BB (Spring 2019)
''I go to the Herbarium on Fridays at 11am, and I've really loved working there! I'd definitely recommend it to future SACI students!'' — MV (Spring 2019)
"I would definitely recommend working at the herbarium to other students. My experience has been valuable and positive […] Two hours at the herbarium pass very quickly for me because I enjoy it so much!" — SU (Fall 2018)
"I loved volunteering with the herbarium! It is a very peaceful job and all of the scientists are very nice, welcoming, and friendly. I would definitely recommend this to future students, especially if they’re at all interested in plants." — NF (Fall 2018)