|1. When will the field work in Pompeii take place?
First week: June 22 to June 27, 2020. Second week: June 28 to July 4, 2020.
2. What are the costs?
Full payment of $1670 per week for returning Team Members and $1770 per week
for new Team Members.
It is preferable for new team members to come for at least 2 weeks in order to get to know Pompeii and the work of the project within the ancient city. A non-refundable down payment of $500.00 is required to obtain a project slot. Without a down payment, which should accompany one's registration information, one does not have an assured slot or room assignment.
Half of the total costs must be paid by Feb. 1 and all of the costs paid by April 1. A bill will be sent to each volunteer 2 weeks prior to the payment deadline.
If you wish to register and there is still space available after Feb. 1, a non-refundable down payment of $500.00 is required to obtain a project slot and room assignment. Half of the total costs must be paid within a month of one's registration, and all of the costs paid by April l. No refunds will be made after May 15, 2020. This year there will be a surcharge of $100.00 a week extra for each week, if one wishes to register after Feb. 14.
3. How long has this project been in operation?
This year, 2020, will be our 19th on site. Our experienced staff of 11 or 12 people includes historians, archaeologists, architects, and experts in photography, field drawings, and computers. and database development.
4. How is my money used?
Project money is spent on Room and board (lunch and dinner), supplies for field work, and administrative costs.
5. How many team members will there be?
The Project usually accepts 18 to 20 persons per week. Often by January, the project is full, and we begin a wait list.
6. Who books the airplane flights?
Team members arrange and pay for their own flights. Some fly to Naples, Rome, or Milan, Italy and then on to Pompeii by train or bus.
7. Is a passport and/or visa needed?
A valid passport is required for U.S. Citizens. Visas are not necessary to enter Italy.
8. Where will we meet?
The rendezvous site for each week (Sunday night) is the lobby of the Villa dei Misteri Motel at 6:30 PM.
9. What are the hotel accommodations?
Reservations for our Project have already been made. The Villa dei Misteri Motel is a small family-run hotel with air-conditioned rooms, eating facilities, and a large swimming pool. Rooms, each with a private bath, are generally, for two people. There is daily room cleaning service. You do not need to bring bedding or linens, although washcloths are rarely available in Europe. The hotel is a 10 minute walk from the main entrance of the Scavi. Usually everyone shares a room with one other person. If, however, one requests a single room of the Project, an effort will be made to honor single-room requests. Per week $350 extra is charged. However, a single room cannot be guaranteed nor will one be assigned before a late spring date. By late spring we should know what the room requirements will be for all team members/volunteers.
Tel: +(39) 081-861-3593
Fax: +(39) 081-862-2983
10. Can I use the hotel telephone?
The telephone in the reception area is not for the use of guests and is limited to emergency calls. The hotel concierge persons are extremely helpful to guests. If you expect to send or receive many calls, please rent a phone in Italy or bring an enabled phone with you.
11. Is the hotel wired for Internet?
Yes, and there are also inexpensive internet points at nearby campsites and in town.
12. Where do we eat meals?
Breakfasts and dinners are served on a large veranda overlooking the swimming pool at the Villa dei Misteri. Lunch is on your own (the scavi cafeteria, a packed panini, or the good food and prices at Paradiso).
13. What about special dietary needs?
Please let us know if you prefer vegan or vegetarian, diabetic, or Kosher meals, or are lactose or gluten intolerant. We will do our best to accommodate special diets. Be aware that vegetarianism is not widely practiced in Italy. Meat-free meals are possible, but it may be a problem to avoid animal products altogether. In general, the Mediterranean diet is considered to be one of the healthiest in the world.
14. Are special skills needed?
No. Documentation is by measuring, drawing, and photography. The data is then entered into the computer. All skills can be taught.
15. Is there an age restriction?
The minimum age is 18 years. Younger persons will be welcomed but must be in the care of family members.
16. What is the weather like in June and July?
The scavi is hot and sunny but usually a pleasant sea breeze makes a welcome difference. The humidity is about 65% ; the temperature ranges from 30 to 37C (86 to 98 F); the altitude is about sea level, and the amount of rainfall is low.
17. What kind of clothes and equipment are needed?
Comfortable clothing for hot sunny weather (hat, shorts, long pants, pants covering the knees, cotton tops preferably with long sleeves) is desirable. Do not wear sandals or flip flops. We would have to request that you return to the motel and change into boots or walking shoes. Carry bottled water, insect repellant, sun block, personal medical supplies, and possibly a flashlight.
18. Any health or other restrictions?
You must have the ability to work on your feet for 4 to 6 hours in the sun (shady areas are easy to find). You must be able to walk ten minutes from the motel on a small road. The controlled entrance to the scavi is by a steep, lengthy hill up to a flat plateau at the top. Yea, the forum awaits us.
The Pompeii Food and Drink Project reserves the right to reject any applicant we believe will not be able to make a positive contribution to the work of the project, and refuses to follow clothing guidelines.
19. Where is the site?
The excavated city (called the Scavi) is adjacent to the modern town of Pompei, Italy, about 25 km. from Naples and 3 hours by train from Rome.
20. What is a typical day?
What is a typical day? Breakfast 7:30 AM. Walk to Scavi and begin assigned work at 8:30 AM. With our Passes we are permitted early entry. Lunch probably after 12. After lunch return to scavi , if needed, or work in the lobby or the third floor office. There may be some free time (reading, naps, swimming pool). At 4:00 PM there may be additional assignments in the computer office or the lobby . Usually there are lectures at 6:30 PM and dinner around the pool at 7:30 PM. Sometimes there is some planned entertainment after dinner.
21. Is there any free time?
There is some free time if you are not scheduled for computer entry work or refinement work with drawings and sketches. There will be at least two afternoons free per five day work week. Weekends are free from Saturday morning to Sunday evening at 6:30 PM. Joining the Project for two weeks allows you to tour your surroundings for one weekend or two. Often team members and staff form tour groups to explore the Campanian area together. Breakfast and dinners are served , as usual, on the weekends. But you will need to sign up for dinner.
22. Where can I wash clothes?
Clothes can be hand-washed in bathroom sinks. The balconies off each room are furnished with drying racks. Clothes dry quickly in the hot dry Pompeii air. Clothes can also be washed for a moderate price in the automatic machines in the adjacent campground. No dryers are available.