Building Renovation+Social engagement+Eco-projects in the wonderful Rätischen Alpen I-CH-A border



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    Are you a huge lover of nature, mountain sports, culture, history, and languages?
    This place has been designed for you! A landscape characterised by pure nature (high mountains in the Eastern Alps), glaciers, old castles, palaces and idyllic villages.

    This is the edge of national park just on the Swiss border in the wonderful Drei Länder am Reschenpass, with a beautiful view to upper glaciers. The sunniest valley for miles around: 300 days of sunshine per year. And always the call of the mountain. Clear air, superb views. Pesticides and erbicides are not allowed in the main area of the valley.


    My little town (400 people, founded 6000 years ago) lies in the upper valley like a terrace on a steep slope at the foot of the Pass at an elevation of 1.200 m. Many trailheads lead into the breathtaking mountainous and glacial landscape.
    The Upper valley is one of the areas with most glaciers on the South Tyrolean side of the Alps. Mighty northly-exposed glaciers are at the end of the valleys, particularly the upper valleys.

    The current Reschen Pass was part of the Via Claudia Augusta, opened about 50 AD. The northern side of Reschen Pass has a steep and narrow bottleneck at Finstermünz (1188 m).
    Countless churches, chapels and monasteries from the early Middle Ages and Roman times as well as castles and palaces from the Middle Ages.

    Surroundings with incredible variety... 
The interaction of the different levels of altitude with its variety of rock and soil types can be found in very different habitats within a small area: Floodplains, Spruce forests, Larch yew forest, Dwarf heath and Alpine grass, Rocks and debris mountain kars, Mountain streams, High mountain lake, Glaciers.
    The most common stone in this region are metomorphic stones, particularly mica slate, quarz phyllite, orthostatic gneiss, amphibolite and marble. Wild animals are everywhere, in the front of Haus also.

    Steep mountain farmhouses and a unique cultural landscape bear witness to the fact that the locals continued to make a living off this barren ground throughout history.
    Situated on the famous Roman imperial road, the „Via Claudia Augusta“, the region around the Reschen Pass has been one of the most important north-south routes over the Alps since time immemorial. So hospitality has developed here over centuries in a completely natural way.
    This is an interesting region with such a mixture of languages. Locals talk Vinschger, Deutsch, Rumantsch (raeto-romanisch language), Italian, English (for tourists only).
    Nearby you will learn the secrets of this special region, with its people so connected to nature and old traditions.


    I am growing up a small Christian community based on health, good practice, and sharing. I am looking for a small lonely farm (in the forest. In the meantime we are setting our issues.
    I am 52 (m.), Roces. I'm based actually at my little flat. My mother tongue is Italian, but I also speak A1 German and B1 English. Friendly, Easy going, Creative, Practical, Honest. Catholic but open-minded. I try to live in harmony and respect with all beeings around me. Nature, animals, people, things. I live a simple life, so for example I am in favour for sustainable consumption. I love to collects herbs for nutrition and pharmacy. I like walking in the wood, running, climbing (wintertime), swimming, ski touring or ciclying along the Roman Claudia Augusta bike road.

    I spent a big part of my life helping one thousand of people. At risk of life during the Balkans War (Bosnia and Croatia), educational trainer for kid refugees or supporting EI people, and against criminal organisation.
    I work at school as TechLab (Teaching Assistant) or Hausmeister. Rarely as Enviromental Indoor Advisor or fruit/vegetable picker for bio-farmers. At the presente flat renovation step-by-step needed to start with my small indoor Eco-projects.

    In the past other volunteers (not from this network) helped me coming from Italy and Germany so if you need more feedbacks or official references (in English, German or Italian) from charity NGO, please send me a pm about that.


    Mein Motto

    "Ein Licht
    erstrahalt den
    und Freude
    Den Menschen
    mit redlichem
    (Ps. 97:11)

    "Tristo è quel discepolo che non avanza il Maestro. "
    (Leonardo da Vinci)

    "Il coraggio della verità anche è un bel tipo di coraggio. nessuno è talmente insignificante da non poter essere il sassolino che blocca l'ingranaggio"
    (Silvana de Mari)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Elderly Companionship
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    - social assistance
    - applying clay, natural wax, etc.
    - self-producing cleaners and washing products
    - craftsworks
    - helpimg enviromental injured people
    - horticulture
    - preventing accidents and environmental injuries
    - and so on...

    I am becoming a Indoor Enviromental Advisor, Eventually I could teach you a lot from my experience and studies.
    Thanks to this place I restored my severe allergic condition (Enviromental Illness, injured during the Balkans War and previous jobs), so I follow a full and cheap green unscented and untoxic way of life.
    Except that I love to share language (Italian as C1/C2) and much more. I could share also skills on basic IAQ/E-smog prevention, best practices to find a job in 3 Länder (Engadin, Südtirol, Oberland Tirol) and Germany, green building, special diets (like Rotation and Alkaline Diet), and much more to improve your experience, skills, and life targets/quality.

  • Help


    I love to share and update (because of English or Deutsch learning) with foreign people. I am interested on sharing environmental indoor knowledge with medical students/doctors, nurses, engineers, carpenters, electricians and architects so they are very welcome.

    The help doesn't require the volunteer to be so physically strong but healthy, mind-balanced (common sense), rigour, straight-arrow, proactive, little cop inside, is very essential. At the present renovations could not meet allergic people to dust/mold or basic Environmental Illness conditions.

    Removing old stuffs, Painting, mounting furniture, cleaning, and not hard works in order to renovate the flat just a few steps from the forest. All products (paint, etc.) are green and no toxic. First the large bedroom needs to renovate. Final goal is a saferoom for environmental injured people. A little experience with machine tools (drilling machine, etc) needed.
    I am partially disabled (full in the last year but I am revoring that). In the meantime I am looking for funds to buy a lonely small farm (Hof) in a very wonderful place with direct view on glaciers (and the best healthy air in the Alps). Help us to build our community!

    This is my last project. Because of previous experience in an international center of documentation, I am starting with a first selection of books donated from local institutions (alternative for books was into garbage). So I will need help to manage practically to retire books, for contacts to donate and building a website.
    German needed for this area.

    Helping to sell my old things and spare parts from an old motorhome (where I lived 4 years before bought this flat) in order to get money for Eco-project start (see at 1) and latest therapies for my full recovery from EI.
    Italian and German needed for this area.

    Collecting wild herbs and fruits (after training) and managing a garden in the forest. On this area helping needed during Springtime, Summer and Fall.

    A big help needed to design and start the final project of my life. It will be very important for children and adults with severe allergic conditions. I am looking for a EI MD available to live in the heart of Ländereck Raetica.

    I am also interested in practice spoken English (or German overall) sharing Italian eventually.

    Very rarely, it could be requested a share (it will be considered as our sharing time) with local community instead of at my place. Here rules ancient common traditions of mutual assistance in case of needs or sharing.


    Come here with :
    - head-torch;
    - Safety shoes (toe steel) and winter shoes
    - robust trousers which can become also get dirty while working
    - waterprooft jacket and winter mountain clothes
    - scent-free clothes and personal care products
    - good soul, courage and big heart as default...

    Workawayer doesn't need a driving license at the present.

    Basic German is desirable, but a good English needed! I could provide book/media for a better German self-learning.


    Please note is NOT sharing time about:

    1. cleaning your bedroom, bathroom (your living-space). FINAL CLEANING before YOUR departure IS A COMMON RULE AMONG US!

    2. Training on basic local rules.

    3. Touristic and sports info (if you'll request to me)

    4. Showing shops, markets, surroundings and service guide eventually if requested.

    5. Guided hike/cultural/history (if you'll request to me). More one time by week it will be time to share.


    Warning by Roces: I would to speak clear avoiding future misunderstandings.
    I will not must checking on you and help time on details (but a daily little report from you is requested in order to address priorities and occured situations). Commonly I trust in people so I want NOT to be a policeman! I learnt from Germans to say a thing only one time. I don't love to argue repeating on the same items but, I like to teach people from my experienced life and previous jobs. So, if you will be full responsible (feeling my house as your own) a big team and fun work will come (read the feedback below). On the contrary, time lost each other and (avoidable) stress.

    Before your arrival I will spend a lot of time to release a full information (read the feedback below also) by email with added pics and more. Via Voip (or at your EU landline phone, without costs) I will reply to any questions and doubts. Official references will be provided about my experiences with young and old refugees (Bosnia and Africa), nonviolence training, and so on. I will invest first week to train you as needed on house works and rules. Before, once something not good for you during pre-arrival please leave me a final answer at least.

    In case of you will take a look for a local job opportunity, I ask to delay that search after the first 30 days of sharing (then I will help you with a lot of info and contacts at the best).

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    The flat in Drei L. is at the 1st floor in a very quiet town (main road's end). I live in a building with other 2 owners. Very nice garden with a grill, around is nature and a beautiful landscape (wonderful view of a 4000m peak from the garden).
    There are no pets in the flat and building (no admitted).
    Maximum period 6 months. Better some test of 5 days before to share, so we could get a better view each other and how much we could work together. Once a volunteer coming I live in other space or at job accommodation.
    A small bedroom for only one WA, bathroom, entrance and aisle are ready now. The current condition is acceptable for living with some uncomfortable limit at the present (better once renovation runs step by step). Once we work in the living room another room (for free) is available in the town.
    Bed sheets, blankets and bath towels are provided.


    Smokers and pets are NOT admitted so like scented people (it means no products are admitted with ingredient like "parfume/Duftstoffe/fragrance"). Unscented way of life is necessary to meet my place and my allergies. Previous volunteers changed indoor habits making better and healthy their lifes now. You can check basic info about "scent free policy" at (OSHA of Canada). Please think very well about this issue before to contatc me. A large information you'll find on the web.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In Drei Lânder. Bus stop at 80 meters with connections with main valley and local ski-arena (15min). Here pubblic transport is at the top in Europe. Bus from town to valley, than you can reach train. Buses, Nightliners (Saturday, until to 2am), and train make a full offer at affordable cost. Time to go... Meran 1h 20', Bozen 2h , Landeck 2 30'h, St. Moritz 3h, Innsbruck 3 30'h, München 4 30'h, Verona 5 30'h.

    300 sunny days per year. It's not so cold like in Pustertal at the other edge of Südtirol! :-)

    For your free-time there are some activities in the area, hikes are great but also... Sunny 3 Länder with its high mountains, lake landscapes and agricultural challenges is an ideal place to plan an adventure holiday. And... Cycling, Mountain Climbing, Rafting, Paragliding, Mountain Biking, Riding, Fishing.
    Winter Activities: Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing & Biathlon, Ice Skating, Snow Kiting, Ski Touring, Snowshoe Hiking, Winter Hiking, Sledging, Ice Climbing, Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides, Swimming & Sauna.
    And much more...

    MTB, snowshoes, hiking sticks, sledge, mountaineering backpacks and more could be available for workawayer.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    25 hours for week

Helper in action. From Zimmerei to village collecting wood, We avoid the car as possible. Best engines are our legs!
300 sunny days by year just under 15 glaciers
15 Waldweg (mountain trails) start from the villagge.
When a workawayer leaves die Zimmer...
Wonderful upper 4000m peak glacier in a look. 4Km from villagge only.

Host ref number: 254158185157