Self-sustainable life in a beautiful place surrounded by forests. Help us with goats, garden and building in Ticino, Switzerland

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Switzerland

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  • Description

    Description

    Since 14 years we are living our dream of a simple and self-sustainable life (as far as possible) in a remote and beautiful place in the southern Alps of Switzerland.

    Surrounded by forests and small streams we, Regina & Stefan (couple in our 50s) live in three little self-renovated stone houses.

    We like to spend our days by taking care of our huge vegetable and fruit garden, looking after our beloved goats and cats, and enjoying our own food in the sun or in front of the fireplace.

    Life takes place mainly outside. There aren’t any neighbors and you can reach us only by foot. Living in harmony with the surrounding nature and having a respectful and conscious attitude towards all living things is very important to us.

    It`s part of our dream and vision to share this wonderful place with other people and have a warm exchange. Maybe with you?

    PLEASE READ ALL THE PROFILE. WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE REALLY INTERESTED IN OUR PLACE AND THE LIFE WE ARE LIVING HERE. PLEASE DON`T WRITE US MORE THAN 2 MONTH IN ADVANCE. Thank you :)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are happy to share our knowledge about wild herbs, gardening, conserving food, making delicious bread, products of goat milk and other knowledge about self-sustainability.
    We also like good talks about philosophic and spiritual topics and we love to sing in our Arcadomo.
    Having a wild walk with the goats through the forest is as well one of the nice experience you can make here :)

    It is difficult for us when people use the plane just to visit us, because flying causes a high environmental impact.
    So if you are flying only for visiting us, we would ask you to choose a closer location.
    If you travel to our area anyway, we warmly welcome you.


    We are looking forward to hear from you and to welcome you at our place!

  • Help

    Help

    We require a minimum stay of one week.

    Depending on the season and your personal skills there are various tasks as for example:
    - help with the vegetable and fruit garden
    - collecting medicine herbs
    - processing fruits and vegetables
    - building fences for the goats
    - making hay
    - baking bread
    - building stone walls
    - chopping wood

    We are as well looking for people with building experience to help us with finishing the renovation of the houses and other projects.

    It is important for us that volunteers share our daily routines, which means for you to get up with us in the morning and work for 4 hours with us and enjoy your free time in the afternoon. We have three healthy and rich vegetarians meals throughout the day and expect that our volunteers help in the household with cooking, cleaning dishes and so on.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    German, Italian and English (far from being perfect)

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Please be prepared for the following conditions of our self-sustainable life:

    - Resources are limited and we use them with care. We have our own water well and solar power. We heat with wood.

    - We keep the houses and the eating table mobile-free! There is no WiFi! But there is the possibility to use our computer if needed.

    - To reach our places you need to take a public bus (runs 5 times a day) and then walk for 20 min. Steep forest-path in the end, don’t try to come with a trolly or high-heels :)

    - We have an outside compost-toilet and we use only biodegradable cosmetic products.

    - The houses are smoking-free

    - Life takes mainly places outside and in close contact with nature and the lovely elements and dirt :)


    You can stay in a big and cozy guest room or you can come with a tent or sleep under the stars. We also have a dome for rest and creative activities and of course a lot of beautiful and peaceful forests.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    It is a unique nature paradise, very quiet, with waterfalls for a bath nearby. Hiking paths for short walks or up to 2000 m high mountains with stunning views start at our doorstep.
    It is not far from the border of Italy and interesting nature places like Lago Maggiore, Lago di Lugano and Val Grande. But please keep in mind, that public transport is limited in this area.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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

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