Animal sanctuary and permaculture project in Castiglione Di Sicilia, Sicily, Italy

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  • Letzte Aktivität: 19 Juni 2024



 Geforderte Mindest-Aufenthaltsdauer:  mindestens 2 Wochen



  • Beschreibung


    ----Looking for 1 or better 2 trustworthy people to stay from BEGINNING OF JULY to MID AUGUST, more info at the end!----

    Dear WORKAWAYers,

    In summer 2020 we bought a beautiful property in Sicily with an amazing view on Etna and started our animal sanctuary with permaculture project.

    I’m Christin, 36 years old from Germany, and I quit my office job some years ago to go traveling. Since quite some time I had the feeling and desire though to use my time “better”, to create something beautiful and make this world a bit better. I love animals and I’d love to live off-grid and self-sustainable (one day).
    My partner Luca is 31 years old, from Italy (Torino). He worked years as a photographer and musician and traveled the world even more than me.
    We're both vegan and want to give something back to Mother Earth, hence our project.

    At the moment 28 animals are living with us (15 cats, 6 dogs, 5 chickens and 2 sheep, two of the cats are paralyzed). We did set up a food forest, a vegetable garden, an olive grove, structures for animals and humans, and we take care of a piece of woodland.

    Activities here include (depending on the season): helping with planting trees, planting or transplanting vegetables, work in the vegetable garden, weeding, watering trees, mulching, harvesting, preserve or transform produce, pruning olive trees, harvesting olives, making compost, making hay, distributing manure or worm-tea, making fire-breaks in the forest, chop and store firewood, carpentry and light construction help such as building or maintaining stables. Also cleaning the areas of the animals, spending time with them, taking them for walks, bringing supplies, feeding, etc.
    We also started a little seed-bank, having old varieties of vegetables, especially from Sicily, and we also preserve ancient and rare varieties of fruit trees from Sicily, so occasional activities could be harvesting, curing and storing seeds correctly, or grafting fruit trees.

    Outside of working hours we share the tasks of cooking (vegan food, usually fresh local produce and often from the garden) and household chores. We usually have lunch and dinner together, which we consider important moments to meet and exchange opinions. We have a shaded space for camping, with a compost toilet and electricity point. Kitchen, toilet, shower and other facilities are in our house, 20 meters away from the camping area. We can provide headlamps, rubber boots, tents, camping mattresses, sleeping bags. Occasionally also our campervan could be used as accomodation. We can provide our hotspots as wifi from time to time if you need it.

    Luca can share information about olive farming, natural agriculture, permaculture, agroforestry, food sovereignty, local wild plants foraging, food preparation, and how we try to preserve old varieties of fruit and vegetables; Christin can tell you more about the foundation of an animal sanctuary, animal welfare, animal rights, how to care for dogs, cats, sheep and chickens and much more.

    In the days off you can hike on Etna (1h away by car), go to the river (10min away by foot), to the beach (25min away by car), visit extinct volcanoes (1h by bicycle), have a walk and a granita in little middle age villages, or wonder around the area of our house, which includes forests and archeological features (and many of our rescued dogs, cats, sheep and chickens!). We have bicycles for our volunteers to use and sometimes you could maybe rent our car.

    You are the right person to help our project if you:
    - love animals, have no animal allergies, are not scared of them, like to be in their company and to clean their areas
    - love nature, like to spend time outside rather than inside, are not put off by 'bad weather' such as wind, rain, heat, have no problems with getting your hands (and the rest of your body & clothes) dirty
    - are able to work physically, e.g. moving repetitively weights of 10-15kg for dozens of meters
    - are able to work in a team as well as on your own
    - are an active person and would choose a hike over watching a movie
    - are a proactive person, you see things around you and see how you could be helpful without being told / asked what to do all the time
    - understand that community-based life involves taking responsibilities over common areas (e.g. maintaining the volunteers' bathroom clean, clean the common kitchen) and shared tasks (taking turns in preparing meals, washing dishes)
    - understand when community time is best and when it's better to also spend some time alone
    - understand that we are an animal sanctuary that has rescued farm animals, and therefore out of respect for them you don't bring food that has animal products (like cheese, other dairy products, meat,..)
    - speak English well (we speak English with each other and since Luca doesn't speak German, we ask our volunteers to speak English to us as well; Italian is an alternative of course since we are in Italy and I am learning the language too)
    - can commit to be here for at least 2 weeks.

    Now, if you made it this far reading our profile and would like to apply, write "Vento" in the subject or at the beginning of your message, you'll get an extra point! For other extra points, you can tell us why you are choosing this project over another, and what contribution you think you would bring.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read our profile and we’d love to hear from you! Any questions? Don't hesitate, just let us know!

    Much love,
    Luca & Christin

    ----Important position from beginning of july to mid august----
    We have volunteers all year round, but we are searching for one or two persons who can completely manage tasks on their own, of course after explaining, and take complete responsibility for example over some irrigation tasks or feeding animals and clean their areas. In that period Luca will be away so I, Christin, will have my tasks to fulfil and not so much time to be with volunteers. These tasks require diligence, attention and capacity of problem solving.

    If you are thinking to apply for this role, please do keep in mind that:
    - you would have to stay for the whole 5/6 weeks after a training period with Luca at the beginning;
    - temperatures are scorching hot during the day (at least 40° in the shade is the maximum);
    - I, Christin, will be alone with you so you would need to precisely follow instructions, especially regarding the animals tasks, and I unfortunately wont have too much time during the day to spend with you;
    - you would gain experience about how it is to manage a farm and animals sanctuary.

    If you have any question regarding this position or anything else, do contact us!

  • Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
    Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
    Betreuung von Tieren
    Mithilfe auf einem Bauernhof
    Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
  • UNO-Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung, die dieser Gastgeber verfolgt

    UNO-Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung, die dieser Gastgeber verfolgt

    Keine Armut
    Kein Hunger
    Gesundheit und Wohlergehen
    Hochwertige Bildung
    Sauberes Wasser und Sanitärversorgung
    Bezahlbare und saubere Energie
    Menschenwürdige Arbeit und Wirtschaftswachstum
    Industrie, Innovation und Infrastruktur
    Weniger Ungleichheiten
    Nachhaltige Städte und Gemeinden
    Nachhaltige Konsum- und Produktionsmuster sicherstellen
    Maßnahmen zum Klimaschutz
    Leben unter Wasser
    Leben an Land
    Frieden, Gerechtigkeit und starke Institutionen
    Partnerschaften zur Erreichung der Ziele
  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    You have the possibility to be part of a very nice project and shape its future together with us. You can bring up any idea and we can discuss different possibilities and learn and grow together.

  • Arbeit


    We welcome help caring for our animals and need help building areas for them. Also depending on the season our plants have to be watered or we need help planting or harvesting. Outside of hours dishes have to be washed, food has to be prepared etc.

  • Gesprochene Sprachen

    Deutsch: Fließend
    Englisch: Fließend
    Spanisch: Fließend
    Italienisch: Fließend

  • Unterkunft


    You can either camp on our property, so sleep in a tent or in a hammock (in summer). Or you could also stay in our campervan when it’s free. There is a compost toilet and electricity point at the campsite. 20 meters away, there is a house that is a common a shared space, with kitchen, hot water, shower, toilet, electricity, and everything that is necessary in a house. Temperatures range from 20Cmin-45Cmax in summer, 5Cmin-20Cmax in winter. The campsite and everywhere else on our property have an amazing view on Etna. We dont have wifi, but we have a good phone coverage and can give you hotspot when we are around.

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    Just contact us for any further info. Thank you :)

  • Etwas mehr Information

    Etwas mehr Information

    • Internet Zugang

    • Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

      Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

    • Wir besitzen Tiere

    • Wir sind Raucher

    • Familien möglich

  • Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    We have space for a campervan on our property.

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    mehr als zwei

  • ...


    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Gastgeber Ref-Nr.: 371185842148

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