Looking for free minded people to help me on my organic farm on the slopes of Mount Etna Volcano, Italy

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  • Description

    Description

    I don't accept volunteers for the month of september. You are welcome from october on.

    We will be harvesting the grapes beginning of october and then collecting the olives.
    For the moment I am finishing of a yoga hall, so most of the work is related to landscaping around the house (building dry stone walls), construction (carrying stones, painting, cleaning) and is quit physical.

    We are a Belgian/american couple living on a organic farm with vineyards, olive groves, fruit trees and a small vegetable garden. My 12 ha property is on terraced slopes with dry stone rock walls (without cement) on the Etna volcano and facing the Ionian sea and the mainland Calabria. The house in Presa is a 3 km walk from town. You will either be housed in the villa or in one of the tiny houses on the property. Depending on the number of volunteers you will have your own bedroom or share it with other volunteers.

    For the south American volunteers looking, please note you are welcome but I DO NOT provide residency at my home, so please skip.

    For those who would like to learn Italian, please skip. My Italian sucks, most of the conversations are in English.

    I welcome volunteers who are looking for a long term stay, however I evaluate every week the situation and only continue when both of us are happy with each others company/work. You need to be physically strong, so if you have back problems or any other state of mind that disables you from doing physical work, please skip.

    Please ensure you have travel insurance.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We share daily lunch and sometimes dinner with you and work together. Sometimes I will take you on a trip to the volcano, beach or alcantara river. This depends on how long you stay with us and how good we get along. If you come during the right season (end september/october) you will learn how grapes are harvested and wine is made. Presa is a small village (80 inhabitants) and is 2 km away. Piedemonte is a bit bigger (3000 inhabitants) and 4 km away. We provide bycicles
    I communicate in English,French or Dutch so people who are coming to learn italian, best to skip me, my italian sucks.

  • Help

    Help

    I am looking for physically strong people who are not afraid of working hard. Apart from farm help required there is also construction and renovation tasks. I am are restoring an 18th century Palmento (wine makery) into a retreat center, small medieval houses in Castiglione di Sicilia and some other projects. Apart from this there is also some help needed in a holiday rental villa during season. So if you love a challenge and nature, there is plenty of indoor and outdoor work.
    I am looking for help all year round, especially during the months of harvest : September, October and November. I welcome all those who enjoy working whether outdoors or in nature with a joyful passion.

    Minimum stay is 2 weeks

    Here is an example of the works that we do :
    0. helping out with construction work (carrying stones, cleaning up, assisting macon, etc,)
    1. helping pruning the olive trees (taking away the branches and burn them) (nov-dec-jan-feb)
    2, helping pruning the vines (taking away the branches and burn them)(jan-feb-mar)
    3. helping building dry stone walls in the fields
    4, weeding the garden
    5, cleaning out the lake/eco pool and preparing for spring/summer (april-may)
    6. tying up the vines (june july august)
    7. spraying the olive trees with bio products (feb march)
    8. painting walls, doors and fences inside and outside
    9, helping preparing wine and olive orders for shipping (putting on labels, capsules, etc...)
    10. all types of construction tasks, painting, plastering, cleaning up, etc....

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Romanian: Fluent
    German: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    We mainly conversate in english. My Italian is basic, so if you are looking to learn italian, best skip.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    I provide accomodation in a 4 bedroom villa where you will have your own room or share it, depending on the number of volunteers we have at that time. You live, cook, clean together and there is a common living space where in the evening you can socialize with each other. We don't provide TV.

    I will buy food once a week (we'll go shopping together) and there is a budget of 5 euro per working day per person (25 euro per week per person), however you prepare your own meals together with the other volunteers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is internet access. I expect an honest day's work with a MINIMUM of 25 hours a week. We work when the weather is good, which means that Saturday or Sunday are sometimes working days, especially when it rains during the week days. Keep in mind there's no public transportation on Sundays and limited on Saturday. I can't come to pick you up at the airport or in Catania, so please check the dates before booking your flights/trains and so on...

    The property is a 15 minute ride from the nearest beach and Linguaglossa is the starting point for trekkings on the north side of the Etna. There is public transport to visit Catania, Siracusa and the rest of the island.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    I welcome those who come with there own camping gear or campervan. Plenty of awesome parkingspace.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Minimum 25 hours per week

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