Operation Daywork Italy
Since 2007, Operation Daywork gives ca. 600 Italian students the chance to work for one day in April. Together, they raise about 22 500 euros a year.
In 2007, several South Tyroleans were in a solidarity mission in Mexico when the coincidentally met a Group of volunteers from Operation Dagsværk visiting their current project. They talked and shared their ideas about critical development cooperation and how to involve youngster in solidarity movements and activism. The South Tyroleans were fascinated by the Solidarity Action Day concept, so when they returned to Italy they immediately got a group of committed young people together to found an Italian Operation Daywork. Soon it became clear that there was potential for a similar organization in Northern Italy.
Until now Operation Daywork has stayed local. Since the beginning we involve around 24 schools and 400-600 students a year. The participation depends a lot on the topic of the year and on related politics (e.g. we had difficulties during the awareness raising campaign for our project in Palestine). Operation Daywork was founded as, and still is an organization with a critical engagement in development politics. This criticism can be seen as the strength of the organization. On the other hand, we don’t grow as fast as the other SAME organizations in Europe. For our youngsters though, the political correctness, fairness and critical engagement, values seen as quality guidelines, are more important than the number of participants or the income from the Action Day.