We have a small, close to nature, campsite in the Majella National Park, Abruzzo, south-central Italy. Our aim is to preserve and promote this beautiful, and relatively undiscovered, region of Abruzzo through encouraging environmentally conscious travellers with a passion for natural living and the great outdoors.
We keep our campsite as natural as possible (no electric hook ups, no marked out plots, no harsh lighting). We encourage friendships and sharing through our communal areas; we have luxury showers, wi-fi and self-catering options in the form of canvas bell tents, a converted barn and a townhouse in the historic centre of the village. As well as the camping area there is a large sun terrace and communal barn, and we have a small "pick your own" vegetable plot and herb garden. We are only a small campsite so therefore fairly easy to look after. We are in about an acre of land and will only have a maximum of around 40 people on site at any one time.
We have also recently taken on a new project, on which we also need help. This is a large house around 4km from the campsite and is set in around 30 hectares or wilderness, olive trees and grazing. Ultimately we are looking to convert the property into an organic, free-range farm with accommodation and educational facilities.
Abruzzo is relatively undiscovered by tourists, it is beautiful and unmanicured, with many of its people still living by the seasons following the ways of traditional rural life. Our village of Serramonacesca has about 400 inhabitants, a couple of shops, bars and restaurants and is about 3km away. The mountains of Abruzzo are within hiking distance and boast the highest peaks of the Apennines, whilst the glorious Adriatic coastline is only a 30 minute drive and stretches for a wonderful 133km of golden beaches, cliffs and rocky creeks.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
We will introduce you to some of the most beautiful and off the beaten track parts of rural Abruzzo, we will introduce you to her people, traditions and culture and encourage you to immerse in village life. You will meet many different nationalities and learn about what it takes to build and run a rural, ethical business.
We are looking for people to help us out, both on our campsite and at the new project. On the campsite, this will be helping us to keep the communal areas of the campsite clean and tidy, as well as the grounds and small vegetable garden. This will also include cleaning the showers and toilets, meeting and greeting guests, preparing rooms or tents. At the new project, we need help with painting, decorating and cleaning. Outside, the work could involve fencing, weeding, planting, pruning, land clearance, animal care, watering the vegetables, harvesting, olive picking, etc
English and Italian
Most probably in a tent, unless we have room available.
We are in a very rural area where, although we are only a 15 minute walk from the village, the hills are very steep. Only therefore suitable for the reasonably fit and hardy. Public transport is limited, but if you have a full driving licence you could have use of our car or Vespa scooter. We also have mountain bikes available.
Because it is difficult for us to be restricted by mealtimes or cooking, we may not always be offering meals as part of the package (help with cooking is always welcome!). On the occasion when we don't do meals, we will provide money to cover your food costs. All the cooking and kitchen facilities of the campsite will be available to you.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week