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For the moment we are finishing of a new house, 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 will harvest the grapes beginning of october and the olives from mid october till end november, so all hands are welcome.
We are an American/Belgian couple living on a organic farm with vineyards, olive groves, fruit trees and a small vegetable garden. Our 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 villa 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.
Please ensure you have travel insurance.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
We don't live with you, so people looking for family life with us are not welcome. However we share daily lunch and sometimes dinner with you and work together. Sometimes we 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 inhabitatants) and 4 km away. We provide bycicles
We communicate in English, so people who are coming to learn italian, best to skip us, our italian sucks.
We are looking for physically strong people who are not afraid of working hard. Apart from farm help rquired there is also construction and renovation tasks. We 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.
We look for help all year round, especially during the months of harvest : September, October and November. We 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....
We 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, nor internet.
We 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 volonteers.
We don't provide internet access, but there are plenty of hotspots in town. We drive a Landrover Defender without backseats, so transport can be a little adventurous and bumpy at times. We also provide bicycles. We 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. We 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...
We are 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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Minimum 25 hours per week
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