I (Ama) and my adult daughter have a villa in Sicily on the foothills of Mount Etna, just outside a small town. We divide our time between UK and Sicily and are a bilingual household.We are in the process of making improvements both to the interiors and exterior of the house.
Our house is spacious, with beautiful views of Mount Etna, the sea, and Taormina in the distance. Etna is ideal for nature lovers (spectacular landscape, donkey and horse riding, hiking, quad biking), and there are several pretty towns in Eastern Sicily, vineyards, archeaological sites as well as beaches. We've welcomed guests here from around the world for many years. Our background and interests are the arts, travel and animal welfare.
We have three kittens so you must love and respect animals.
Help with Computers / internet
We speak Italian or English if anyone is interested in learning Italian. We also speak reasonably good French.
In the surrounding area, English is not necessarily always spoken if travellers want a fuller language immersion.
Sicily has a rich cultural lanscape and there is plenty of sightseeing of both architectural and natural sites including Mount Etna, Taormina, beaches etc.
We also have a house full of books if travellers want a quieter stay.
UPDATE: Availability will be updated in due course.
The main current task is garden clearing. Most has been done but there are still mainly leaves, weeds and some brambles to clear, Volunteers should preferably have some experience of burning leaves/brambles and/or making compost heaps to then dispose of these leaves/brambles. The garden is quite large and on 2 levels so this requires some energy and willingness to be outdoors.
second main task is painting part of a small outhouse - should not take more than a day
Less urgent, some succulent plant and palm transplanting and moving to larger pots (no more than about 8 plants). Knowledge of this type of plant helpful
Other possible task: help with web development, experience with squarespace particularly sought after.
Please specify which tasks you would be realistically be best suited to and if you have any experience of them.
English. Italian. French
A comfortable bedroom and private ensuite bathroom available in the house, suitable for one or two people. We would provide essentials to prepare your meals, including fresh local produce (fruit and veg), pasta, local olive oil.
We almost never eat meat but do eat and cook with fish so probably not suitable for total vegetarians or vegans, both of who are very welcome but we would not always be able to share the evening meal we cook if they do not want fish or dairy which we often use.
Volunteers are expected to keep and leave their space clean and tidy and help with daily household tasks, ie. washing up/taking out trash in addition to the main work.
We provide wifi .
Travellers should bear in mind that we currently have no heating in sleeping quarters as the system is shortly to be overhauled. Super warm duvets and hot water bottles provided.
We do not provide transport but there are buses from the nearby town of Piedimonte Etneo (12 minute walk) going to Catania, and to nearby villages in the surrounding area.
There is also little train called the Circumetnea (which also stops in Piedimonte Etneo) which can be taken for a sightseeing tour, stopping at various small towns around Mount Etna.
That said, local transport is quite limited but all our volunteers have found it easy to hitch a ride.
Apart from the nearby world-famous resort of Taormina and stunning Mount Etna, further afield are the beautiful baroque towns of southeast Sicily.
Several of these sites, including Catania, are UNESCO world heritage sites.
Piedimonte itself is pretty and has basic shops and a bar but it's very quiet so not suitable if you want a very lively local town.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day, 5 days a week