Now that we have answered your questions and hopefuly given some idea what you will be doing as a volunteer/intern, we figured it is time for you to see some of the questions we ask from our future employees. We are posting some of them here so you can see what we look for and think through what can you do in Jump In.

  • What do you think you can give to Jump In?
  • Why did you decide to do your internship/volunteering at Jump In?
  • What are your skills?
  • Do you know how to create something artistic?
  • What kind of plans do you have for your future?

Aside from filling in our self-presentation form it is always important to make a good first impression apperance wise. We in Jump In value diversity and indivituality. That being said there is more to apperance than just clothes and hair styles. We seek confident young people ready to tackle the issues of the world. Independent people, who are not afraid to let their voice be heard whilst also being a team player. Of course we are here to nurture your abilities and give you that extra push if needed.

So now you should have all the information needed to have a better understanding of this organization. If you feel that our company and our purpose speaks to you don`t hesitate to apply and join us. We look forward to meeting you!

By Anet Cassandra Tanneberg



This week we have decided to do a little Q&A to answer some of your questions:

  • What is Jump In?

Jump in is a concept regarding different ways of living out our possibilities, showcasing the value of diversity and fulfilling our personal ambitions. We do that by investing in the youth and paying attention to their voices as they are an essential source for new ideas, creativity and artistic expression. Our key value is interculturality, which we promote over national boundaries and stereotypes.

We try to educate youngsters to a peaceful cohabitation with people coming from different cultures, countries and social conditions by giving them the opportunity to confront themselves with others in an intercultural environment which stimulates the development of a social conscience.

  • What does Jump In do?

Jump In provides activities to educate our youth through non-formal methods. These activities can be:

Educational projects in schools and on an extra-curricular basis focused on active citizenship, European conscience, methods against racism and xenophobia, human rights principles;

Cultural events (conferences, seminars, cineforum, concerts, art exhibitions);

Intercultural activities (programs and projects for youth mobility, education on international topics, promotion of different cultures in Italy and abroad, welcoming activities for tourists and foreigners, promotion of Youth in Action Program);

Territorial promotions (promotion of its typical aspects, its artists, tourism, sport activities).

  • How can I apply?

You can apply for volunteering through EVS and for an internship through Erasmus. You can also send an email to or , if you want to write to us directly. For information about the projects visit our Facebook page.

  • Will I get paid for my work?

Applying as a volunteer you will get free accomodation and a monthly allowance. If you are applying for an internship through Erasmus they will support you financaly, but you have to pay for accomodation.

  • Where will I live?

Jump In always finds a place to stay for their employees. You will be accomodated in a local B&B, apartment or the volunteers house, depending on the period of your stay. The rooms usualy accomodate up to 2-3 people, so you will have a roommate.

  • What are the working hours?

5 days per week, 35 hours a week, maximum 7 hours a day.

  • How do I get to Poggiardo?

You can fly to either Brindisi or the Bari airport. From Bari airport you can take to shuttle to the trainstation and come by train to Lecce. From Brindisi airport you can take a bus to Lecce. From Lecce you can either come by bus or train to Poggiardo depending on when you arrive to Lecce. Of course we will help you every step of the way if need be.

Did you get the answer you were looking for? If not please write a comment with your question down here or write us directy on Facebook.

By Anet Cassandra Tanneberg


Last week we had a scouts project where lovely girls from Belgium came to experience Italy and do some community work.  The rest of July will pass with the JumpIn crew working hard to make sure the next project will be even better.

We hope you are on this page because you are also planning to come here and be a part of our lovely team either by voluteering, doing an internship or taking part in a project.

Today we will talk about voluteering and what you should expect.

Here in Jump In we try to find tasks for you that align with your skills and interests. For example If you like to socialize and are a peoples person then you will be asked to do presentations during the projects, go with the them to discover Salento and handle the communications side in general. If you feel more comfortable working behind the computer you can become the graphic designer or video editor.  Perhaps what you truly enjoy is giving back to the community. In that case you can work with the children in kindergarden or help out in the disabled centre. You can also do a little bit of everything.

If you want to come to Italy to experience the culture and learn the language, look no further! Although at work we communicate in english, there will be Italian lessons for you and if you decide to start working with the community, you will learn italian in no time. Participating in the projects will also give you the change to experience the italian culture as we alsways take the participants on field trips so they can see more.

Of course you wont be doing anything alone as we make sure that all the other volunteers are just as hardworking and friendly.

So if you have decided on Italy and your heart is set on the lovely town Poggiardo then all that is left is to apply! Just as a reminder if you have any questions feel free to reach out by either posting a comment here, on our website or writing a direct messace to us on Facebook.

We look forward to having you here!

By Anet Cassandra Tanneberg


These couple of month while I’m here feel like they are wrapped up perfectly like a Christmas gift. You just can’t hide your excitement. Italy is all about food and culture and we all know about it. Puglia is all about the authenticity. The Italian breakfast! Having a freshly brewed coffee on the table, cornetto filled with Nutella and pasticciotto con crema, our mornings are like you are in a heaven. We continued with our exploration and went to Botrugno. We met the locals, ready to share their stories they are proud of. The stories about the honey making, the stories behind their small churches and the stories about this small peaceful village. As we were wandering around, we could hear music during siesta time and we were told that the songs in Botrugno were inspired by the gossiping in the village and every song has a true story in it. Lovely!

We headed to Park Padulli. It was time to find out how the olive oil has been made. We had a presentation about the olive oil under the olives trees. It was probably the most beautiful day since I arrived in Italy. We were charmed by the way the lady was speaking, with so much passion. I felt again, like I was part of the cooking channels that we watch on TV. We dipped our crunchy homemade bread into this golden amazing oil and all I could think about in that moment was Oh Italy, I do love you!
The day finally came  when we would  learn how to make proper Italian pasta. Who doesn’t want to know the secret of it? The treasure of Italy. The ladies were so passionate about it, they showed us the love that you give to the dough. The result was a perfect product. They were singing, people were dancing on the street outside, the old man was making  baskets out of olive tree branches and I was lucky to be thought and bring one home with me.
And yes, you are right, as soon as we arrived in the house, we finished our day with homemade pasta made by us and celebrated with a nice glass of red wine.


I haven’t explore enough and I promise I will find all the hidden gems and share it with you, as of now all I could say is, Puglia is magical, authentic in every single way possible.

 I love it!


By Jovana Petkovska

The undiscovered treasure of Puglia, 1/2

I have had dropped many pins on my map and every pin feeds my soul.  I choose my destinations based on how I feel in the given moment. I sometimes feel I need this fancy lifestyle, all dressed up, walking around the big city. Sometimes I just want peace and be in the middle of nowhere, out of everything, surrounded by crystal clear water amazing people and me feeling like a mermaid. This time all I wanted was small charming town, riding a bicycle around it, good food, have the best wine & cheese and I decided that I need to drop my pin In Italy. But why did i choose Puglia? Why did I choose the “hill” hugged by two seas? Because I almost knew nothing about it. All I knew is that I will find the authentic Italian way of life and I felt the urge of discovering it.

I  arrived.

Puglia is magical, in every way possible.  True hidden treasure.  Once you arrive to Lecce, you will find the past and the present meeting each other right in the center of the city.  But let’s move on to the southern part. Let’s discover the undiscovered treasure of Puglia.

Every morning, I’m sitting on the balcony and having my coffee that is being brewed in the mocha, with the cat, who is having her morning latte and all I can hear is the sound of the trains and nothing else. I can feel the fresh air and feel the smell of the olive trees. The day goes on. We live in this charming little town, called Poggiardo, like I planned, with charming people saying Ciao Bella early in the morning while I ride the bicycle through the narrow streets, surrounded by beautiful architecture. Every Wednesday, you will find people on the market who will flirt with you while selling you the best cheese or the freshest vegetables and you will feel like you are in the movies.  That’s exactly how I feel and I’m loving it. I love the evenings as well. Having sparkling Pugliese wine  in this amazing little bar inside a museum in Vaste, the town close to where we live.

Every place that I have been is different from one to another. Every place has it’s own soul, same as us.  The girls and i were planning on spending our  Saturday afternoon in Lecce, having a nice lunch and wine but in the last moment we decided to see something we haven’t seen. We hopped on a train and went to the closest beach. Went to Castro. I was surprised that Castro has much more to offer than just a small beautiful beach. The town has been founded by the Greeks but its name comes from the Romans. Upper medieval town on the hill with white washed buildings and the marina below that still holds the tradition as a fishing village. You will find the most beautiful cave, that has only one little flower inside and many bats as well ( Grotta Zinzulusa) Real gem.

As I was wandering around,  we saw the Archeological Museum and curiosity hit me.  Puglia is one of the richest archaeological areas in the country so we went to visit the museum. Totally worth it if you are interested in archeology as me and my family are. Castro is a fascinating destination for scuba divers and snorkelers as well and I can’t wait to put my snorkeling goggles and dive into the sapphire water.

After couple of days we headed to the town and port on the Adriatic coast. We took the next train and went to Otranto. There is this amazingly, beautiful enormous castle –Castello Aragonese. We climbed on top of it and Oh my, what a view. The weather was so nice that we could actually see part of Albania as well. Magnificent view of the beach, the marina and the best place for gelato. We ended up staying on the beach, enjoying the music and drinking Moretti, Pugliese, cold beer with the notes of caramel and berries. Couldn’t ask for more. Took the last train and went to our charming little town.

To be continued.

by Jovana Petkovska


Youth Exchange

Day two of the youth exchange is in full swing and we are excited! Yesterday we had a general introduction of the project, got to knew eachother a little better and talked about the EU. Today its all about team building and of course immigration.

Besides discussing important matters and leading us towards a better future, Jump In has also organized day trips for the youth to discover beautiful Salento.

However, before that we have a special treat for you. Our awesome EVS volunteer Jovana will take over the blog on Monday and Sunday to tell you a bit about her amazing experience in the southern part of Italy.  Expect breathtaking pictures and a heart-melting description that makes you wish you were here right now! Part one already coming out on Monday!

Meanwhile check out these fun pictures of the youth exchange down below!

By Anet Cassandra Tanneberg

A Revival!

A year has past and the summer is upon us again. During the time we took a break from the blog, a lot has happened. New volunteers, many new projects, but still the same bubbly jump In.  However this summer we will be working hard to make Jump In stand out even more. It has already started with the revival of this blog and changes to the website, but you can also expect changes in the Facebook page in the near future.

So, as you may have guessed, the theme for this year will be —- *drumroll* —- visibility.

Jump In is already well known in Southern-Italy, but we have even bigger ambitions. We want to be known worldwide as the go-to place for volunteers,internships and and of course projects.

The next project is already happening on the 21st of June, when Jump In has organized a youth exchange. The topics that will be discussed  this time are immigration and the European Union.  We are expecting people from Italy, Poland and Sweden. Of course we will keep you updated with pictures and videos.

Just last week we finished our previous project about teaching English to adults. Check out the pictures below!


by Anet Cassandra Tanneberg