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Live like Robinson Crusoe while helping to set up an adventure camp for kids in Sicily, Italy

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  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    WHO WANTS TO BUILD AN TREEHOUSE?

    WHO LIKES TO GO ON TOUR WITH OUR DONKEY HERCULES... LATER BY BOAT?

    We are building an adventure park on the sunny island Sicily. *This year also the first bigger treehouse, with sea view to seven more little islands.* As social organisation we can write you volunteering documents to reach the place & internship certificate for your CV.

    ***Note: This is a social project. Family support, animal wellfare & nature conservation. We all do social work on a voluntary, unpaid basis. You can learn a lot if you are attentive and respectful. You also get the greatest freedom of action if you are reliable and independent. We share the food costs. 5€ daily. Therefore we also share nature paradise and all we have (knowledge, & equipment), we show you some of the most beauty beaches, little islands and much more as you can read in our reviews & info email.***

    The adventure park is for both children & adults to get back in touch with nature, experience adventures and to enjoy the beauty of the world.

    All we ask is that you respect the environment. (And that you read further infos, wich we send you by email.)

    This is a *social project*, if you have a good *team spirit*, then you can enjoy particularly beautiful trips (see reviews) - if you are instead on an "ego trip" it will be a short stay! (No narcissism, no aggressive behavior, no drugs.) Living outdoor in harmony with the environment...

    It is a wonderful green place full of life and under beautiful sunshine. You can enjoy the sea view to the Aeolian islands close to us as well natural lonely beaches.

    We are currently setting up basic facilities such as solar showers, a workshop, sleeping huts and are rebuilding the hundred years old farm. We have some tents & hammocks - please enquire before hand for availability.

    When you are here you can do permaculture gardening as well as assisting in the construction of buildings in wood, stone and other nature materials.

    We have a lot of building material from good partners & friends - you are welcome to put this to use :)

    We produce our own olive oil (real virgin - from handpicked fruits), wine (own foot production!) fresh tomato sauce (one of the world's best thanks to Sicilian sun & Mount Aetna) as well as much more with ecologically valuable produce from our land & garden. (In the moment the garden is growing. We work on self-sufficiency for the future.)

    We are always being as simplistic and as close to nature as possible - therfore nearly no electricity - the off-grid dream!

    (We have a little solar module. You can load some devices.)

    Life here is very simple. Just like Robinson Crusoe when he was stranded on a lonely island. The difference; on our sunny island we are never alone, thanks to the very hospitable Sicilians, friends & volunteers from all around the world.

    Every body & every soul that visits here falls in love with this paradise island.

    You are always welcome.

    *️️We will send you the complete basic infos by email.*️️ Just get in contact.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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 will show you the most beautiful spots of the island and you can make your own adventure trips; on the mountains and especially Aetna, discover the hidden beach or 'God's arm' - the blue lagoon - and the rich cultural history of the region. Experience what it's like to make your own wine, have a taste of a simpler, slowed down life and get in touch with the original rural life of Sicily.

    Near to here are the Aeolian Islands. Seven magical little islands, each has it's own character and are wealthy with minerals and, rightly so, The Aeolian Islands are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. 2014 one swam from them to us... only 30 kilometers! Normaly we prefer the boat...

    We will build our own sailiing ship in the next years. Right now you can learn of the construction of little wooden buildings up to big tree houses. Also you can learn by doing - using alternative natural building materials, such as for yurts and cob houses...

    ... you are free to learn by doing here - the possibilities are endless.

    If you ever wanted to give a place your own brush stroke, this is the place to do it.

    By the way, until we build the sailing ship we have a little boat to enjoy the most beauy cost of Sicily seaside. :-)

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    You are a manufacturer or a dab hand at building?
    We are looking for people who are willing to work with their hands.
    Best would be carpenters and other craftsmen,
    but anyone willing to pick up a shovel or a hammer is welcome.

    You can
    - help in the Garden (plant, maintain, harvest)
    - help with buildings (dig holes, do carpentry)
    - build your own version of a treehouse or tent (it has to be safe though)

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We got work to do and the site is big (200.000 m²) so we can host 10 and more workawayers at a time. Moreover, we are social people and we like to be in good company. We speak italian, english and german.

    We have hammocks & tents to sleep in. You can bring your own tent and hammock if you would like. We cook over open fire or on our big BBQ and eat together underneath orange and tangerine trees or the starlit sky. The menu is quite diverse, as our garden provides us with a variety of ecological vegetables and fruits - and as we are in Sicily pasta and rice is kind of obligatory. There even is an old pizza oven which needs restoration. So maybe this might be your personal project?

    Other wooden constructions we realize with you:
    Treehouses, Thermo-Solar-Shower, COBs, Yurts, and much more.

    There is a room we can lock for your personal belongings and even a restored barn, in case the weather should be bad. Currently it is used to store our building material.

    We built a compost toilet, as it is not yet complete we still use our natural basic toilet in the woods. We will soon finish "the most beautiful compost toilet in the world"...

    Up to now, we heat our showering water by solar power but one of the next steps will be to build a solarthermic shower.

    In the carpentary we are welcome to make use of the working tools and machinery. The owner supports the project.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Currently the 'stationary' pioneer is Christian, his dog Eolo and his donkey Ercole, as well as sicilian colleagues nearby. Other team members come whenever they can, also volunteers from all around the world. Some stay up to a year, also a lifetime is possible. :-)

    Here we are accompanied by our great donkey Hercules, two lovely mule girls, handsome special dogs, cute cats, several chicken, sometimes a few guest horses, and the occasional snake. (The black snakes you can meet in summer are as dangerous as the worms in the garden - not at all :-D ...Instead the worms are very usefull and "nearly big as little snakes", thanks to the very good soil. ;-)

    What the area can offer:
    An epic view on the Tyrrhenian sea, including the seven Aeolian Islands,
    the Sanctuary of Tyndari and the archaeological site of Tyndaris nearby,
    as well as amazing lonesome beaches and many tourist attractions,
    like old castles and natural preserves only a stone's throw away!

  • 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

    For those who "need" WiFi we mostly can offer lots of giga. Sicilian offers are cheap, you can also get your own simcard (only Vodafone and "Ho" works at the in our location. For example 50 giga, unlimited(!) video chat, and hundreds of minutes phone calls for ten €. ...Our giga we offer volunteers for free.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have limited space for campervans, therefore ask Christian by phone before you come.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    As long your pets are good with our animals, children and people around they are very welcome. :-)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    3 hours a day

Host ref number: 212941761749

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