All year long the residents have the possibility to help supporting children, old people, ill or handicapped people; during the summer they can participate in social and voluntary work, like the ones organized in Italy or abroad (Peru, Guatemala, Cameroon, Portugal) working side by side with the local population in the assistance centers, in the schools and in the medical centers.
Simple activities but crucial to understand how, even with so little, they can actually do so much: from the soup kitchens, to Catechism, to assisting old people.
There's nothing compulsory, that they're obliged to do. But before ruling it out, we should take a minute in our time and think what two hours every now and then can actually mean. Two hours that can be very important and precious for someone else.