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Agape international ecumenical centre is a place of encounter where one lives an intense experience of community in beautiful natural surroundings. Agape was and is an important point of reference in Italian Protestantism, for 50 years a place of education and development, theological exploration, political engagement, of acceptance and validation of differences. Every year many people, diverse in their religion, culture, ages, political thinking, come to Agape for one week to discuss and to be challenged, to get to know themselves and each other and to exchange experiences around a particular theme.
Agape was built after the Second World War as a sign of hope and of reconciliation between people, thanks to the voluntary labour of many young men and women; a resident group of 12 people still lives at Agape throughout the year and the dimensions of community and voluntary service remain central. The name Agape indicates the love of God for humankind that “never fails” (1 Corinthians, 13). Agape expresses a strong lay spirituality, where believers and non-believers feel equally at home.
Agape rises in the Cottian Alps nearly 1600 metres above sea level, encircled by fir trees and south-facing meadows, with an architecture that is rich in symbols. The materials are typical of the Waldensian Valleys, wood and stone, with large expanses of glass and wide open spaces. The building offers 100 beds, with bathrooms on each floor, a great hall, a modern kitchen, a fair-trade bar and a library.
Around twenty conferences are organised in the course of the year including camps, seminars and study weekends. Agape offers educational programmes to schools and is also open to individuals and groups who provide their own programme of events.

Pls visitthis link for more infos: http://www.agapecentroecumenico.org/sito/index.php?name=EZCMS&menu=10&page_id=41

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Agape offers opportuinities of stage for students of interpreters. Work of INTERPRETERS is fundamental for Agape and for the good succes of these camps. For this year the political camp is from 1 to 8 august , as the theological camp will be from 8 to 15 july. This year we also have a new international camp, the workcamp camp, from 16 to 21 august.

The type of work that we ask is voluntary: food, accomodation and naturally the price of your journey will all be paid by Agape. The kinds of interpretation that we require are: consecutive interpretation, simultaneous interpretation and chuchotage. Beforehand the work will no longer be than six or seven hours a day. There will be three sessions: morning (9.30-12.30), afternoon (15.30-19.30) and evening.

For any camp there will be somebody from the staff who prepares the work of the interpreters. Day of work are: monday and tuesday; wensday is free and also part of sunday; thursday and fridays are also session days. Agape also offers tea and coffe. Agape provides sheets and balanquets, but you should bring your own towel. You will sleep in a 3 places room. Toilets are at the floor.

Interpreters are wellcome any free time to join partecipants. Partecipants and speakers of AGAPE INTERNATIONAL CAMPS come from 5 continents of the planet Earth. Interpreters will receive a CERTIFICATE of stage if needed.

If you’re interested, write to vicedirezione@agapecentroecumenico.org  
or call 0039 0121 807514

INTERNATIONAL THEOLOGICAL CAMP – OVER 18
Apocalypse: a world of fears and dreams or an encounter with reality? – 3rd – 10th august

Languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish, German
A weeklong Camp at Agape to share Bible readings, different experiences of faith and the quest for meaning, alongside analyses of our world and the doubts these entail, as seen through the eyes of participants from all continents.
This year we will be reading texts from the Book of the Apocalypse – a Book often kept shut and often used to herald catastrophes and the end of the world. What can we glean from this Book? Are we to flee from reality or muster hope and courage in reading into it the contradictions of the present?
How is it relevant to us today? How can it assist us in a political criticism of our societies in the modern age and how has it done so in ages past? Where can we pin down the cruel and inhumane side of our current reality and can this symbolic language help us to see things more clearly?

We will spend a week living as a community, engaging in discussions, creativity, fun and moments of worship for those who wish to take part, as well as meeting people from many different backgrounds.
LEVELS OF PARTICIPATION FEES
Price A 203.00 € (29 euro/day)
Price B 224.00 € (32 euro/day)
Price C 252.00 € (36 euro/day)
Price D 280.00 € (40 euro/day)
Price E 315.00 € (45 euro/day)
Price F 357.00 € (51 euro/day)
Price G 406.00 € (58 euro/day)

The real cost for one day at Agape is about 36 euros. Everybody can choose his/her participation fees according to his/her possibilities and disposition to help Agape. Agape is not an hotel and is based on volontary work of many people.
As the participants will receive the magazine “Agape Immaginaria” we also ask a minimum offer of 4 Euros which are to be paid at the beginning of the camp.
Information for people coming to Agape
The Centre is operated and maintained by a resident group supported by voluntary work from young people from various countries. Participating in a camp in Agape means taking part in the Centre’s community life for a week. Those who come to Agape to participate in a camp, to study or for a break are requested to comply with the following rules. You must agree to fully participate in camp life, including the study activities. The camps begin with dinner on the first day, and end with the closing breakfast, unless instructions are given to the contrary. Early departures and late arrivals are not permitted; in the event of an undeclared early departure, the amount paid cannot be reimbursed, either partially or in total. For the adult camps and the Work Camp to register for the camps , the minimum age is 18. Adults and people aged over 15 must have an Identity Card or a valid I.D. Document. Smoking is only permitted outside the building. Each participant is asked to collaborate with table service and washing dishes, both because this help is necessary and because, for us, it is an important symbol of sharing work. Agape is not responsible for accidents or damage which may take place during the camps due to a failure to observe the internal rules and rules decided upon from time to time, at various camps. The centre is only responsible for money and objects belonging to the participants in the camps if these are expressly handed over for safekeeping. Agape will ask guests to pay for any damage caused. The altitude of Agape is 1,600m, so warm, comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear are necessary. Each room has three or four beds, and there is a bathroom on each floor. There are no single or double rooms. Agape provides sheets and blankets, but guests are asked to bring their own towels. Agape cannot distribute medication. If you have particular requirements or if you have to take medicines, then you must notify us of this before your arrival. The chemist’s in Praly is not open every day

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