Tempo Libero is an organization born in 1987. It has extensive experience in services related to health, social education and support with a focus on migration processes and the integration of foreign origin citizens. In particular, the cooperative has promoted projects with the aim of supporting a plurality of actions aimed at foreigners. These activities are based on collaboration between health services, social, school and territorial services, favoring the positive input and a real integration based on the intercultural education principles. The idea behind the project is to influence public policies. Tempo Libero works with municipalities, mountain communities, local health care consultants, hospitals, schools and provincial adult education centers. It also collaborates with voluntary associations jointly led by Italians and immigrants. It promoted the opening of 19 points of information for the renewal of residence permits for foreign citizens in the province of Brescia as an intercultural mediator.

As part of intercultural activities undertaken by the entity are:

  1. Training courses for teachers aimed at the reception and integrationof foreign students
  2. Training for Italian and foreign health volunteers and social workers
  3. Literacy for foreign people.
  4. Intercultural workshops for schools
  5. Foreign women language courses and social guidance.
  6. Cultural mediation in social and health fields
  7. Research in migration
  8. Multilingual translation of local services information.
  9. Accompaniment to local services (social, health, education, employment and training centers).
  10. Educational support service for foreign families at risk of social exclusion

Tempo Libero team consists of two social workers, a teacher of Italian, two lawyers, an administrator, a group of cultural-linguistic mediators that ensures the mediation activities in favor of 60 project beneficiaries.

Project activities provide the following services: reception of materials, guidance and access to local services, the teaching of Italian language, access to education, support for labor insertion, vocational counseling and job placement support, legal aid, psychosocial and health protection, linguistic and cultural mediation.

Since July 2015, the Cooperative manages the reception of 34 applicants for international protection (8 of the city of Brescia, 5 of the city of Calcinato, 10 of the town of Borgo San Giacomo 5 City Mazzano, the city of Leno 4), ensuring the same quality standards SPRAR project. Moreover, being part of the Forum of the Third Sector Asylum, Tempo Libero has served as a benchmark for other organizations to organize learning curriculums of the Italian language and mediation services.

Among the activities carried out in the department of social inclusion, the entity has as a main objective, to work as a referent for citizens thar are asylum seekers and migrants. Through the project “Giunti negli” it Works in the education of young mothers and migrant parents in order to generate successful careers. . To achieve the objectives of the project, a complete training program is offered, which includes teaching Italian as a basic tool. In the area of gender, language teaching program for women online has won a national award.

The specific objectives of the department of social inclusion are:

  1. Strengthen language skills through the activation of the previous knowledge of the participants.
  2. Facilitate the training of people who are illiterate in their mother tongue.
  3. Preparation for ministerial testing requirement for obtaining residence permit long - term.

Those staff involved in the project:

  1. Alessia Folcio is professor of English and Italian, translator and consultant in language teaching. She has extensive experience in organizing projects related to language teaching.
  2. Chiara Cavagnini research PhD in Sociology and Social Research Methodology, is responsible for intercultural projects in the field of migration. She has extensive experience in research and participation in projects related to the development of intercultural competences and migration.


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