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  • Description

    Description

    ***BEOFRE WRITING TO US; PLEASE CAREFULLY READ THROUGH OUR PROFILE - THANK YOU! :) ***



    Hello everyone!
    This is Daniele and Carlotta, we live on a three hectar land with an old house, working on realizing the dream of our permaculture project ... and we need your help!


    WHAT ARE WE DOING?
    Dependig on the season, we have a variety of things and projects going on, which we'll list below. A part from the seasonal work to do, the everyday things in life, such as cooking, cleaning, feeding the animals, etc. are things you can easily help us with, and it is precious help. A part from those tasks, you'll definetly be involved in our other projects in the garden or construction works, we just want you to be aware that your help in our home and house is probably the most important one!

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ IF YOU COME IN SPRING, we usually
    - prepare the garden for the summer
    - build eco-buildings
    - start going to the sea and lakes close by
    - prepare the campsite for the tourists

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ IF YOU COME IN SUMMER, we usually
    - care for the garden
    - go to the sea to swim
    - harvest vegetables and fruit
    - conserve fruit and vegetable, make tomato sauce
    - do creative tasks
    - start harvesting almonds, carrubs and other things
    - make music and sing

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️IF YOU COME IN AUTUMN, we usually
    - harvest nuts, olives and fruit
    - close the campsite
    - prepare the garden for the winter
    - build eco-constructions
    - get wood for the winter
    - enjoy the first days of rain, staying in our warm house
    - plant trees

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ IF YOU COME IN WINTER, we usually
    - make handcraft, working wood, leather, wool and other natural material
    - enjoy the cosiness of our house
    - get wood for the stove
    - do house maintainance
    - project the next year
    - do everyday tasks, keep the house tidy and nice
    - cook and sing a lot

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️EVERYDAY THINGS TO DO
    - cooking
    - taking photos
    - caring for the house, the animals and yourself
    - eating good food
    - having fun
    - wash what is dirty ;)
    - smiling



    HOW DO WE LIVE?

    We have a room with three beds for the volunteers in the old house (and eventually a double bed for couples), as well as tents and hammocks on the land (from March to October), you can decide where you want to sleep.
    We have healthy, seasonal and genuine food and we enjoy to cook and have breakfast, lunch and dinner together!
    We recycle most of our water, so we use *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ only natural soaps and toothpaste *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️
    --> NO CHEMICAL PRODUCTS ALLOWED, BRING NATURAL PRODUCTS
    We only use compost toilets.
    We have dogs, cats and chickens who enjoy living totally free wth us.

    WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

    If you are an open-minded, motivated, mature, responsible, happy, curious and independent person, we would love to have you here with us! We live in the countryside, so there are insects - if you don't like this, then maybe this is not the right place for you! We live a community life, so everyone here takes his or her responsibility for him- or herself and the group. We are a big family, but (fortunately! ;-) ) there is no mum or dad who tidy up behind us, so we all care for the cleanliness of this beautiful place. Another thing: If you are into taking photos - we are glad to have you taking your time to take some photos as we never take photos ourselves! :)

    We look for skilled, smiling and responsible people, who want to share their talents, thoughts, time and helping hand with us. We like to share our passion for nature, animals, plants and our permaculture project with you, if you are interested to dive into a community life, and living and learning in harmony with nature, respecting and caring for it. We look for people who are interested in experiencing community life.

    PLEASE NOTE: If your focus is more on making holiday and changing places a lot, this is probably not be the right place for you. Also, if you need to spend a lot of time with your smart phone, this is not the right place for you, as we want to live who and what surrounds us, living and feeling the present as much as possible! Here you can enjoy the luxury of being without internet for some time! :)

    IMPORTANT: IF YOU'RE SEEKING A PLACE WITH RESIDENCE PERMITS FOR YOUR ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP PROCESS WE CANNOT HELP AND CANNOT HOST YOU IF YOU ARE NOT WITH A REGULAR VISA OR DOCUMENTS TO STAY IN ITALY ALL TROUGH YOUR STAY.

    "Who doesn't change its habits when going to a new place, will drown, just like someone who jumps into the sea and instead of swimming he / she continues to walk."

    We would like to invite you to leave all your habits behind, and dive into our place as into a new world, where you can discover a different way of living, perceiving nature, people and yourself.


    P.S.: Please bring some of your local food (we prefer organic), if you want to share with us the culture of your place! Or bring some books that you want to leave here!

    P.P.S Bring some seeds of plants / trees from where you come from (at best own seeds or organic seeds (no F1)!
    This way we can increase the biodiversity of our place! Thank you!!!

    P.P.P.S PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN PANTOFFOLE to keep your feet warm in the house!!! :)

    WHERE ARE WE?

    We live on 500m above sea level, on a hill with a beautiful view on Siracuse's Sea, Ortigia and the vulcano Mt Etna.

    in Canicattini Bagni
    20 minutes from Siracusa
    20 minutes from Cava Grande del Cassibile (natural park)
    45 minutes from Modica (the city of the chocolate!)
    1 hour from Catania

    HOW TO COME HERE: Ask us for indications if you come by car.
    If you arrive or leave with public transport (there are busses from Catania or Siracusa, check out online on the website of AST: ) consider that on SUNDAYS there is NO PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Here, you'll live in close contact with nature. You'll discover a different way of living by sharing our everyday life. You can learn about Permaculture, food forest, animals, earthworm compost, cooking, Italian, and so many other things! Consider that we are not able to teach you everything that is listed beforehand. We do many different things and works in different times, but not every day. In (the first) two weeks you will learn a lot by observing, listening, helping and understanding. The longer you stay, the more you'll learn, of course, because in the beginning time is needed to get to know each other, to get into the rhythm of life here in our comunity. As we always have many volunteers, who come (and then, unfortunately go :), we have to explain the same things more or less every two weeks. This is sometimes exhausting, so we need you to put some energy into listening and observing well in the beginning. Be curious like a child, observe, ask, help with little things first, ... the faster you'll immerse into our world, in which we want to invite you.

    The only thing we own and want to share with you is our time, this beautiful place, and our dream of what it can become. To make this place become a home for us, you and the many after us, we want to invest all our time and energy. So let's not loose time, but let's express clearly what we / you need, wish, and feel, in order to understand each other, empathize and make each minute a precious and beautiful one.

  • Help

    Help

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️EVERYDAY THINGS TO DO
    - cooking
    - cleaning
    - caring for the house, the animals and yourself
    - eating good food
    - taking photos
    - having fun
    - wash what is dirty ;)
    - smiling

    - *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ IN SPRING, we need help to
    - prepare the garden for the summer
    - build eco-buildings
    - start going to the sea and lakes close by
    - prepare the campsite for the tourists

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ IN SUMMER, we need help to
    - care for the garden
    - go to the sea to swim
    - harvest vegetables and fruit
    - conserve fruit and vegetable, make tomato sauce
    - do creative tasks
    - start harvesting almonds, carrubs and other things
    - make music and sing

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ IN AUTUMN, we need help to
    - harvest nuts, olives and fruit
    - close the campsite
    - prepare the garden for the winter
    - build eco-constructions
    - get wood for the winter
    - enjoy the first days of rain, staying in our warm house
    - plant trees

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ IN WINTER, we need help to
    - make handcraft, working wood, leather, wool and other natural material
    - enjoy the cosiness of our house
    - project the next year
    - do everyday work, keep the house tidy and nice
    - cook and sing a lot

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We offer a 3 beds shared room into our home, or you can choose (in hot season) to stay in your tent/hammock outside;
    the food is provided every day (3 meals) and generally we enjoy eating all together!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The closest train station is in Siracusa. There's good connections from Northern Italy (Rome, Naples and Milano) for Nightline Trains. So If you can, come by bus or train, help us and nature and save CO2 when you travel through Europe and Italy!

    There's a bus stop in the town close by, called Canicattini Bagni. You can take a bus from Siracusa, Catania or Palazzolo Acreide to come here! The local bus transport is called AST, check out its timetables online.

    If you only can take the plane, the closest airport is Catania Fontanarossa, you can take the bus or train here for Siracusa and then from Siracusa the bus to Canicattini Bagni (check online AST, the local public transport: )

    Our location is about 3km from Canicattini Bagni.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have space where you can park your car. If you want to come with a campervan, let us know before! Thank you

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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