Help me with projects that can give life again to my house in Sicily, (Etna) Italy



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    Hello, I am sicilian, I was born in Switzerland. I use to travel around Italy and I lived in Catania, Rome, Brescia, Trento. I have studied as archaeologist. I love travelling, people, several cultures, nature and I hope I can mix and share all my different experiences by meeting new people in my house in Sicily.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I travelled and met many persons. I am an archaeologist, i can suggest you many places to visit, sometimes we can also plan some trip together. I can teach you italian, we can sing traditional songs, experience pottery hand making (sometimes I organize workshops with children).
    Starting march many trees are already in flowers in Sicily, landscapes are beautyful, sunny days can be warm and food is one of things that people never forget after their visit in our beautyful island.
    April: Easter in Sicily is very typical for religious ceremonies full of pathos.
    In JUNE - JULY it could be possible that I will have a special guest, we could share our days with a Lakota Elder and maybe in those days we can plan some more activity with him. You will have the chance to know something more about his culture.

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    I need to take care of the house after several years it has been closed and there will be some works to do as:
    - taking care of garden, plant some flowers.
    - change something in the house, taking care of walls from humidity,
    - help with cooking,
    - cleaning the house, cleaning the terrace.
    - fixe some broken things (shower in the garden, electricity, windows damper...).
    - House sitting.
    Skills with builduing will be appreciate because I would love to:
    - put away the wall paper and maybe paint the wall of some room.
    - Some of external wall need maintanance works.
    - Raise some border limits using a vegetal henge.
    - build a barbecue and a natural (wood) cover for cars
    We would welcome a single or couple if you come with skills, willingness to work.
    I will be flexible. So I would love to decide together, listen also to your suggestions. Please write in your message how you would like to help. If you work for less the 4-5 hours preview, you are welcome to share some fees for gas - electricity.
    My real mission is to bring that house to life again!
    I have 2 dogs. I still don't know but I could probably be busy in prepararing an exam. In this case I would love some help to clean and cook while I am studying or I am away.
    In July and august could be very hot. So we can also plan to go to the sea.
    * Please remember to consider extra fees (dinner, trips if you should join me, gasoline for the car, some shared costs) in your budget.


  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    italian, english, french

  • Accommodation


    Private or shared rooms. A have a single room with 1 bed and a double room. 2 wc and 1 shower.
    No smoke in the house and no abuse of alcohol.
    Since we are not in the centre I would prefer people not come late at night. House cannot be considered as a B&B.
    We offer a place where sharing, enjoying, learning, in change of help for working at the house and the garden. I can provide food for lunch. I can also teach you too cook some typical sicilian receipt.
    Please share with me how you would love to plan the rest of the day.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Having a car is suggested because the house is not in the historical centre. There are bus station well connected with Catania. A close small train stop is available (it makes a typical tour of the Vulcano - littorina). (circumetnea - FCE).
    When possible we can also make and share fees of a trip together by car.
    Etna hiking are suggested. Beaches are in Catania (Plaia).
    Adrano. River: Simeto, Ponte dei Saraceni (just by car).
    Volcano Etna: excursions to old and new craters (Nicolosi, Linguaglossa).
    Sea: closer beach are in Catania (sand or rocks) 37,7 Km; 40 minutes by car.
    Siracusa, 90 Km. 1h 10' by car.
    Capo d'Orlando, 87, 6 Km. Panoramic roads through the Nebrodi mountains. about 2 h.
    Mountains: Etna, Nebrodi, Madonie.

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    Hours expected

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

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