Help mostly with garden, pool and general maintenance on the foothills of stunning Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy

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  • Description

    Description

    We have a villa in Sicily on the foothills of Mount Etna, just outside a small town, and divide our time between UK and Sicily and are a bilingual household.
    Our house is spacious, with beautiful views of Mount Etna, the sea, and Taormina in the distance. Etna is ideal for nature lovers (spectacular landscape, donkey and horse riding, hiking, quad biking), and there are several pretty towns in Eastern Sicily, vineyards, archeaological sites as well as beaches. We've welcomed guests here from around the world for many years. Our background and interests are the arts, travel and animal welfare.
    Please note we can't assist with workawayers seeking Italian citizenship/residence

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Sicily has a rich cultural lanscape and there is plenty of sightseeing of both architectural and natural sites including Mount Etna, Taormina, beaches etc.
    We also have a house full of books if travellers want a quieter stay.
    In the surrounding area, English is not necessarily always spoken if travellers want a fuller immersion into the Italian language.

  • Help

    Help

    UPDATE: Any information here relating to local transport will currently be dependent on Covid-19 regulations which are in a state of flux.

    The main current task is garden maintenance, mainly leaves, weeds and some brambles to clear, watering, as well as cleaning the pool. The bulk of this has been done since lockdown ended but upkeep is needed. Volunteers should preferably have some experience of burning and/or making compost heaps to dispose of garden waste.
    The house also needs to be given a clean and check to see everything is in its place (attention to detail is a must) and some exterior paint touch-ups in a few limited areas are needed.

    Please note that due to covid restrictions we cannot travel to the house for now so you would be on your own and our pets are not at the villa either but we can be in regular whatsapp/email contact to supervise the tasks and we are in touch with locals who can provide back-up if needed. Bear in mind also that someone would come to view the house during the stay.
    Our expected hours are lower than usual as we aren't there to provide meals.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A comfortable bedroom and private ensuite bathroom available in the house, suitable for one or two people.

    Volunteers are expected to keep and leave their space clean and tidy and help with daily household tasks, ie. washing up/taking out trash in addition to the main work.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are buses from the nearby town going to Catania, and to nearby villages in the surrounding area.
    There is also little train called the Circumetnea which can be taken for a sightseeing tour, stopping at various small towns around Mount Etna.
    That said, local transport is quite limited but all our volunteers have found it easy to hitch a ride.

    Apart from the nearby world-famous resort of Taormina and stunning Mount Etna, further afield are the beautiful baroque towns of southeast Sicily.
    Several of these sites, including Catania, are UNESCO world heritage sites.
    The local village is pretty and has basic shops and a bar but it's very quiet so not suitable if you want a very lively local town.

  • 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.

  • Can possibly acccept pets

    Can possibly acccept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    3 hours a day, 5 days a week




Host ref number: 215775566548