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Important note to read first :
- in principle we are only interested in people who can stay for at least 2-3months or more.
We would need someone who really likes working on the land and in the woods and/or who has experience in construction and home renovation.
Note that it is absolutely mandatory to speak good English (or Dutch) in order to communicate with us without any problems. If you are a couple, both will need to be able to speak it.
Who are we: AnneMarie and Jan
We are a quiet, somewhat older (61-55) Flemish couple living on a mountain top in the Apennines (Italy).
We speak fluent Dutch and English but also Italian (obviously, when you live in Italy). One of these three languages will be what we speak to you. We also master some French, German and Spanish which are to be 'brushed up' again, but we like to practise.
We are spiritual beings (non religious) and very much involved in meditation, so people who like to (learn to) meditate in group are even more welcome.
Please note that we do not have television(!) and limited internet so it is best to have your own Internet abonnement if you need it for heavy updates on your phone or for foto or video transmitting.
We are looking for: nice quiet people to share part of our lives in harmony together!
These people should be able to do home sitting in case one (or both) need to go abroad. In that case a small car can be at disposal at basic cost price if you don't have one of your own and you are +26 yrs old.
We also need muscles, brains & ideas. Depending on who comes, Jan will prioritize one or another direction.
Muscles: help in the renovation of the house (plumber knowledge gets absolute priority to anything else as on top of the renovation Jan is working on a multilevel natural irrigation system on the land). But there is also (heavy) work outside on working the land and/or in the woods.
Brains: video editing & montage, drone recording, Joomla, WordPress & Parallels web building or App development ...
Ideas: 3D photography, digital marketing, art project promotion
Artists can help inspire Jan with: producing epic ethnic music.
What can we offer:
A separate apartment in the house is available to welcome you. This will have to be shared with another workawayer if there is some overlap in time. We like to welcome the workawayers like family even though you will have your own private quarters in the house.
We can help with practising several languages (see above).
AnneMarie can teach Tao Yoga and other meditation techniques. She is busy/interested in alternative medicine .
She is a good cook and likes to pass on some of her skills, but due to her health this cannot always be guaranteed.
Jan is an artist in everything he does and likes to share his passion for nature, gardening, landscape arts, photography, making videos, etc. He started an environmental art project. This way he is remodeling the mountain we live on, hence the hard work (see the pictures...)
Please note that there are a few important things to consider:
- Living together in harmony is the most important keyword. We don't like far-right political ideas (or any other extreme vision for that matter) as they do not suit with our life ethics.
- The first language in the house is either English or Dutch.
- No drugs and preferably no smoking either... Certainly no smoking in the house!
- A decent pair of all-weather boots is required to work on the land...
- Even though living on a mountain top in Italy may sound like a holiday dream, be aware that it involves hard work. If you are a couple, both of you will need to like doing that! Make sure what you mean when you say you like nature and gardening!
- We have two cats and one dog who all live in the house with us, so if you are allergic to them that will be a major problem.
- Since we will be living together in the house, the daily housework (in the kitchen or keeping the house clean) is not considered 'workaway work'. We expect you to keep the place clean and nice to live in as if it were your own house.
- In principle we do not serve alcohol to workawayers, unless for very special occasions.
- Unless if you cook yourself in your own kitchen, we cannot accomodate vegan people.
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Learn about living in Italy on a mountain top (including Italian cultural manifestations); learn to meditate; practise languages; learn gardening, landscaping, forest maintenance, cooking, nature photography, ...
Note that help would be appreciated in one or more of the following:
Gardening and working on the land: organic vegetable garden, keeping fruit trees, recreating garden landscapes, clearing the wood.
Building: help with interior works: plastering walls, renovating bathroom (plumbing would be perfect!), possibly preparing stuff for the electrician, flooring, ...
Animal care: (mainly if we need to go abroad): take care of the cats and maybe the dog (Sheltie).
Art project: landscaping design together with Jan, filming with drone, helping on the computer, ...
Help with computers/internet: preferably Joomla experience, Linux experience, Blender, Gimp, Sketchup, i-movie, Final Cut, Aperture, ... Note: we work on older Apples
Home sitting if/when we need to travel, this may be planned some time before or it may come up unexpectedly.
Dutch, English fluent. Italian good. French, German reasonable. Spanish to be brushed up but we can communicate
An apartment is available for the workawayers on the first floor with 2 rooms (one is with a sofa-bed), a kitchen and 1 bathroom available. Depending on the situation this can accomodate 2 (couples) workawayers who can share the kitchen and the bathroom.
In principle meals are taken all together during the week but due to AnneMarie's health problems the timing is not standard, our 'lunch' is usually between 2 and 4 pm as it is never sure when she will be able to start cooking. If this is a problem you can cook your own in your kitchen.
The whole area is a heaven for nature photographers, hikers, mountainbikers, skiers, horse people, alpine climbers, via ferrata mountaineering, ... But other than cyclers also motorbikers and trikes love to cruise the curling streets to discover beautiful sights from one mountain top to another.
Note that there is as good as no public transport in the area, your own car is preferred even though if necessary we can share a small car at basic expense cost.
In case you wanted a clear view of our 'Big Picture', check the album and count the deer on one of the pics ;)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Max 25-30 hours a week, 2 days off. At least 5 hours a day but depending on the weather we expect (and give) flexibility. Help may also be needed on weekends.