Travel back in time. Recharge by disconnecting. Help to breathe a dying Italian village back to life in Trastanello, Italy

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  2022 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    We are Peter and Annamaria, a married couple from Slovakia, work and live in the UK and in love with Italy.
    We found and bought an old romantic ruin in Liguria in 2016, started a reconstruction and one day we would like to call it a home with a great help of our friends and you, guys. :-)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You can learn about traditional and eco building technics, how to use local sources and recycle building materials. Peter is a sculptor with building experiences and with knowledge how to build with a low budget. The art studio he built in the UK you could see in George Clarke's show Amazing Spaces - Shed of the year 2016( series3, part 4) on All4 Demand (Chanel4)

    In summer 2016 we invited students of architecture and art from Slovakia to help us to make a green roof on the part of the house. It was a great success and we are continuing with collaboration with university students from Slovakia.
    Enjoy Italian and eastern europian food or even learn how to prepare it.
    Experience simple life in a very small village surrounded by beautiful forest, mountains and rivers but only 15 mins drive from the town and 30 mins from the seaside.

  • Help

    Help

    Activities in the year 2022 will be divided into two parts.
    Part 1. We are very close to finishing work in the room which was the most devastated part of the old priest house. We will fit a new windows and make interior clay plaster from the local source. We will dig out the clay first, move it in tho the garden by the house, make the clay mixture and apply on the wall.
    In our garden we will build a tree house this summer with original organick design from wood and recycled old windows.
    Part 2. Community work. In Liguria like almost everywhere we observe a climate changes. Despite the fact that normally local forests are full of water, last few years we experience prolong times without any rain. Our goals are to renew and protect all sources of the water in the forest around Trastanello. We would like to create cascades of the small reservoirs In the forest gorges and to build a wall barriers from a fallen trees, rocks, vegetation and clay where water in the time of the rain will be kept and used in the time of dryness. The cascades also slow down stream of the water running in the time of the strong torrents and it defends environment from heavy erosion and floods.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Slovak: Fluent
    Italian: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We provide tents and sleeping bags. At this moment we have a room suitable as a bedroom for those who prefer night inside the house. Hygiene ..dry compost toilet in the garden, shower from solar shower bags or washing in the reservoir near the house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Nature lovers will have an opportunity to spend their time off walking, hiking or swimming (sea or mountain river).
    As our place is a bit isolated and public transport limited we can offer a lift to the nearby towns or villages over the weekends.
    We provide breakfast, light lunch and a cooked meal in the evening.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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