back to the roots

Secure your spot for an unparalleled summer camp experience!

6 day experiential learning program for Italian-descendant students

For the children of globalization, in the midst of the digital revolution, the rediscovery and appreciation of one’s roots become an essential path to understanding who we are and where we come from. The “Back to the Roots” Boot Camp, a pioneering initiative of the Paideia Campus in Pollica, aims to guide young students on a unique journey to discover their Italian origins, combining past and future in an educational, cultural and human experience.

The program focuses on the following themes

Intangible Cultural Heritage

Through the Mediterranean Diet

Workshops and Hands-on Activities


Through culinary workshops, visits to local markets, and meetings with producers

Reconnecting with the Land


Through hands-on experiences in the countryside and agricultural settings


Meet students from all over the world

Explore the beautiful region of Cilento

Connect with your heritage




Program Fee




Frequently ASked Questions

The program is a full time, intensive program. Every day is full of activities from 9:00 am until dinner. We encourage participants to clear their calendars and be fully engaged in the program for the best experience. A detailed schedule is shared before the program begins as each program edition includes different activities. 

We accept payments via PayPal or bank transfer. If you are unable to use those payments methods please get in touch.

Scholarships are announced on a case by case basis. There is a discount for students of Cilento (SA). Please reach out for further information.

Please refer to the respective program page for the language in which the program is conducted. This program in particular is conducted in English and Italian, depending on the week.

Participants must have minimum proficiency in the program language to follow along and participate in discussions. 

We encourage students to arrive by train to Vallo della Lucania-Castelnuovo. Future Food Institute will greet students at the station and arrange transportation from the station to Pollica, and back.

Upon admission to the program, you will be contacted for information on your travel plans so that Future Food can assist you with your transportation arrangements.

Sessions are primarily held at the historic Princes Capano Castle, Via Matteo Mazziotti, 84068 Pollica SA, with visits to relevant locations in the area. 

Pollica is a small, walkable village that is easy to explore on foot.

Transportation to any visits or activities outside of the Paideia Campus will be provided and coordinated by Future Food. 

Students stay in assigned rooms with students of the same gender. There will be a Future Food staff member present to support students during their entire stay. 

We consider food an important part of the learning experience. All meals are provided during the program and planned to support your learning journey. Participants will have a hands on experience by preparing some meals during the program. 

Upon admission to the program, you will be asked about your dietary preferences, allergies and intolerances.

There is a small grocery store, pharmacy, restaurant, and bar in the town should you need anything else during your stay. However we encourage participants to bring anything they made need with them as options are limited in town. 

A packing list with recommended items to bring will be provided before your arrival. Get in touch if you have any specific questions.

Get in touch!

Have a question, interested in exploring a collaboration, or just want to know more about what we do? We’d love to hear from you!

Contact us via the form here and one of our team members will get in touch.