We are a family based in Fontane Bianche, near Siracusa, east Sicily. Our location is wonderful, being very near to many beautiful nature places, such as Monti Iblei, Cava Grande, Vendicari, Pantalica and also many nice towns such as Siracusa, Noto, Modica, etc.
In our farm we grow ornamental plants, mainly succulents and exotic plants. We are very near to the sea, just a couple of minutes walking! And within the farm there is a beautiful Botanical Garden where we are starting to host visitors, and different cultural events. There are also 2 geodesic domes, one is 14m diameter and has a nice wood floor for indoor activities.
The main occupation of our family is horticulture and children care (we have two daughters of 4 and 9 years and a little baby boy), but we also develop many interests in our workshop in the field of arts such as painting, sculpting, printmaking, woodwork, playing music, building, etc.
We propose two main projects for workawayers:
-One is to grow a large vegetable garden for the family and for the guests in an organic plot. This includes preparing the land and planting and managing vegetables as well as fruit trees and officinal plants. The profile is someone that likes to be outdoors and enjoys physical work in the garden.
-The other one is children-care. For the summer someone to take care of the kids in the mornings. They are quite autonomous but need to be accompanied at home while I am with the little baby. The profile is someone that moves well in a house and likes children, enjoys playing with them but knows also how to guide them. A bit of Italian or Spanish is needed to communicate with them, they speak little English but would be nice to learn more.
-Also if you have skills with music, singing and musical instruments point this to us. It would be useful to support our small musical initiative, consisting in learning, meeting up in the dome for a play, sharing and possibly setting up small events.
Pietro and Helena
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
We love cultural exchanges and we are open to share.
I am Italian and my wife is Spanish. You will be welcome in a large family including children and grandparents. We speak Spanish and Italian as well as English.
You will be surrounded by agricultural activities and you will not have enough hours in a day to learn so much about plants and people. And of course our children will show you many things.... ;)
Moreover, if you are keen in music, we could offer some general exchange and some basic Indian tabla lessons.
Sicily is a reservoir of culture, and just by walking through Siracusa and its surroundings you will meet thousands years of history and the strangest of human characters.
You already know how rich is food culture in the mediterranean, so be ready.
*️️️️️️️️️️️We need help to arrange and manage a large vegetable garden. We want to create more sustainability and more quality food. More in details this means agricultural tasks such as caring for the orchard, planting, weeding, cleaning, watering, harvesting, etc.
*️️️️️️️️️️️Other type of help needed might be sharing time and project with children, cooking and general house maintenance. We need someone in the mornings, from 9-14. Help them in the morning to get ready, put some order in their room and take them to the sea down the house for a couple of hours, then come back and shower them, and help to get ready for lunch.
As a workawayer you would be expected to have a certain independency. You might have to deal with the tasks by yourselves; and you will have to cook by yourselves. We will provided a full-equip apartment inside the farm for you. We share our fresh veggies from the garden with you as well as eggs, papaya and other organic things that we grow. We also enjoy having food together couple of times per week.
Italian, Spanish, English, Catalan
The space available for your stay is a an apartment on the first floor, in the middle of the farm. It has a kitchen, a bathroom with hot water, two sleeping room and a nice, little and bright living room. The apartment is equipped to let you organise for cooking, washing and resting. The maximum number of workers is three.
Your neighbours will be us and another family. We live about 300 metres away, and the other family lives in front of your apartment.
You are expected to be quiete at night.
The beautiful crystalline sea of south east Sicily will be at your immediate reach. You will enjoy sandy beaches as well as rocky shores and large empty tracts of coast. Have fun diving, swimming and fishing.
The bus stop to Siracusa and Cassibile is on the main road at just 3 minutes walking distance.
Of course you cannot miss visiting Ortigia and its night life.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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