Anna Andretta, vice president and co-founder of Associazione Co-co: “70% of families who used our services come back…”


Anna has a master degree as translator and interpreter (English and Spanish), she worked as a coordinator of Leonardo programs and organized international congresses, before becoming a talented interpreter of a very special language: the one of children!

In the years spent in Dynamo Camp, Anna worked as activities educator with kids affected by disabilities or chronical diseases, and later on as volunteers’ coordinator and referent for children enrolling.

In 2013 Anna founded Sunflower, a cultural association where she taught Italian to both foreign adults and kids.

Currently Anna is the vice president of Co-c? Association and she is the coordinator of children camps.

- How and when did you camp or project start?

Spazio CO-STANZA project was born in July 2015 to provide an innovative approach about children and youth care. Spazio CO-STANZA offers a multicultural and multilingual context to support families in the challenge of growth, more especially during summer camps when many kids come to attend our camps from abroad.

Associazione Co-c? was born in July 2015 as a co-working space to offer families a concrete support in child care. Since then we have a multidisciplinary team made of: psychologists, speech therapist, educationist, counselors, learning disabilities specialist (?Dyslexia • ?Dysgraphia • ?Memory • ?Dyscalculia).

In one year and a half more than a hundred families benefited from our services; a consolidated team work permanently in our center. The association is known by private and public institutions.

- When and where does your camp take place?

In Florence city centre all year long.

- What languages are spoken in your camp?

Italian, English, French, Spanish.

- What do you do in the camp?

Our groups can be very mixed in terms of age, cultural background, nationalities, etc. All our kids feel comfortable and welcomed in a very open and stimulating environment and they learn to appreciate everybody’s peculiarities.

Our typical day:

08:30 - 09:00 Welcome

09:00 - 10:30 Group activities

10:30 - 11:00 Morning break

11:00 - 13:00 Manual/physical/creative activities

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 14:30 Relaxing activities

14:30 - 15:30 Learning activities

15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon break

16:00 - 16:30 Daily journal and good bye

- What skills and knowledge do you give to children?

• Community life: leaving and sharing as a group;

• Respecting and valuing diversity;

• Physical exercise;

• Art;

• Nature and environment.

- Why should parents and children prefer your camps to all others?

• Because we work only with small groups, giving a lot of attention to every kid;

• Because of the multicultural context;

• Because we offer several different activities.

Our staff is selected according to:

• University degree in Education/pedagogy;

• Previous working experience (at least 3 years) in schools or private organizations working in the child care field;

• Good knowledge of written and spoken English.

Our goal is to support families and the most beautiful and challenging task they face: educating their children in a caring and stimulating environment.

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