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Learn about sustainability, live entirely off grid and help me tend my garden and with some artistic woodwork in Borgagne, Italy

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  • Last activity: 18 Aug 2023



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  • Description


    I am a divorced 54 years old professional man, working in the field of sustainability, environmental and social management and renewable energy sources. I live in a small rural estate that I built myself and that is entirely off grid, as in no mains electricity, water etc.
    I am also experimenting with creating artistic woodwork from olive trees that are dead from the disease that has devastated Salento over the last few years (Xylella fastidiosa).

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Farmstay help
    Art Projects
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I have over 30 years experience of sustainability applied to everyday's life as well as major infrastructural project. I speak four languages (Italian, English, Russian and Spanish). I am a father of two children, who do not live with me unfortunately. I have an interesting message to pass on, for whoever is interested in listening.

  • Help


    I am looking for somebody who could help me tend my garden, my vegetable patch and with the production of artistic woodwork.
    Garden help will mainly consist of mowing the lawn and basic pruning of the olive trees. the vegetable patch needs watering and weeding on a regular basis. Artistic woodwork......this is a new initiative that I started during the Covid-19 lockdown. Olive trees are affected by a disease in the region where I live and every year I have to cut a few. I decided to keep the timber and have it sawed into planks, which I use to make artistic tables using epoxy resin. Help with this initiative will include the assemblage of mosaics using the individual wooden planks, resin work and finishing. I will not expect workawayers to use any power tools. I do not sell the wooden products yet, as I am still learning the skills, but I do not exclude that I may do so in the future.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Russian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Guest building within my estate but separate from my private residence. Bedroom and bathroom only, no kitchen.
    I will provide 3 meals per day

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I live 5km from the beaches of Salento. Nearest one is Sant'Andrea. Lecce is half an hour away by car. Transportation is scarce. Need a bicycle, car, scooter, or use of public buses to move around.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 126618656799