Hello, we are Rocco - father, Becky - mother, Elena, a nearly 4 years old girl, Serena, her 2 years old little sister and Adele, born just last Juli.
Our family project in the long-term is mainly in the field of art and child education, but in the very near future we are looking for someone to help out at home, spending time with the two girls and sometimes helping Becky with the domestic chores whilst Rocco is away doing agricultural work in the land we take care of and harvest from, placed some 20 km downhill west of Canolo.
We are also interested in community and the idea of 'mutual help', so you are also welcome to contact us if you have one or more children.
Please note the mountain area has very limited phone and internet signal, but if you have an urgency, we can drive you to where there is signal.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
A traveller staying with us for a long or short period or time can enjoy good local food, the very friendly, simple people around us, the chance of seaside trips within short walking distance. There are famous waterfalls very quaint towns and beautiful mountain areas within cycling distance.
On our coasts are some of the most significant ancient greek archeological sites and museums, such as Lokri and Kaulon.
If you'd like to learn Italian, this is a great place to get it, everyone will make his best to speak to you in correct italian, while if you speak already italian, here you have the chance to experience the southern-calabrian dialect, which is distinguished among other southern-italian dialects by a lot of ancient-greek influences, as well as french, sicilian and old latin.
We ourselves moved here 7 years ago from Germany where we both lived, though our origins are respectively Genovese and English, so we aren't the most typical inhabitants, we are also ourselves discovering the region bit by bit, and with the limits of having two little children to run around after!
The children, like most young children, can be quite a handful at times! So to have one or two people ready and willing to keep them occupied for the morning or the afternoon, inventing games, taking them out and about, making them a snack, wiping their bottoms...whatever is needed basically...would be a great relief to us.
In addition to this, it being a delicate period just after the birth of our third child, Becky may at times be tired or just wanting to dedicate some quality time to the baby, and in these moments would need you to take over the household chores, cooking, washing-up, washing clothes, tidying or whatever needs doing from day to day.
In our home we speak mostly Italian, but Becky speaks English with the children. We prefer to speak Italian with volunteers who speak or are willing to learn, we do not on the other hand like to practice English with volunteers unless it is a necessity (you don't or are not interested in learning italian, you only speak english).
It is not necessary that you speak English or Italian with the children, as they´re at the age where they´ll absorb any language, including sign language!
fluent Italian, english, german (Becky and Rocco), intermediate french (Becky), spanish comprehension (Becky and Rocco), czech (Rocco), learning dutch (Becky)
We have recently moved for a undefinite period of time from our normal house in Cittanova, placed on the foot of the Aspromonte mountains, to Canolo Nuova, a little town placed in the Aspromonte Natural Park, just around 13 km from our home town. We dispose over a flat on the ground floor, where there is a guest room facing east. There is no problems of parking in the area.
At times we will possibly be at our home in Cittanova for one or more nights, and if you have your own means of transport or don't mind being squashed between two child seats on the back seat of a 35 year old Ford Fiesta, you can come with us. There we can offer you a double bed and a own bathroom. Alternatively you can stay at Canolo without us. That is something we can decide together on a moment to moment basis.
Our usual day rhythm: We get up with by sunrise, the girls some time later. We have a tendencially significant breakfast, and a light lunch at midday. Dinner before sunset. We eat a bit of everything, with preference for local products, home-grown or foraged vegetables fruits and nuts when possible, but also anything and everything from the local market!
We eat mainly home-made bread, yoghurt, jam and liqueurs.
The area is renowned for its dairy and sheep products: ricotta, provola, scamorza, etc, as well as cured meats. If you have specific habits concerning food, we are very glad to learn from them.
We live in a paradise on earth, where millions of people throughout history wished to migrate towards, but in the present time we are surrounded by people that cannot recognise neither the beauty of the nature and environment, nor the significant cultural heritage. An enthusiastic presence in that sense would help us to make our people aware of how lucky they are to live in this area. If you'd like to visit our home in Cittanova, you can spend time in the evening socializing with locals in the irish pub (5min walk) or in the cavallica ranch (10min walk), or in the daytime in one of several bars (the next to our house is at about 40 meters distance), in the villa, a public botanic park in italian style, where young and old people are use to meet around lunch-time and in late-afternoon (4 min. walk). If you are Christian, there are in the town three very beautiful catholic churches, and also a comunity of Evangelists (protestants). Throughout the year the Catholic community celebrates peculiar rituals through the streets of the town. With public transport you reach Cittanova by two different bus companies starting in Gioia Tauro. but none of them works on sunday, and they don't run very often in the afternoon. We have got a car, which may allow us to do some short-distance trip together, but the car is very old, and there is not legally space for another person (unless we find a bigger car in the meantime).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week