Help me to renovate my non-profit guesthouse in Riace, Calabria, South of Italy



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  • Description


    This is a charity project in the famousl village of Riace, Calabria. I'm Daniela, an English teacher and I run a no profit organization founded in 2017 and whose main purpose is bringing volunteers and new energy to Riace.

    Have you ever heard of us? This little centre in the south of Italy led by his former major Domenico Lucano reached worldwide attention through its innovative approach to dealing with refugees. Since 1998 many migrants found their home in Riace, while they helped to rescue an almost abandoned village.

    Sadly, in the last two years the "Riace model" has been progressively dismissed due to the rise of anti immagration parties and most of the migrants living in this small village were moved to other bigger cities across Italy and Europe.

    Nevertheless all the supporters of Domenico Lucano and I, never stopped believing in Riace as a positive model of integration and peace and we are now willing to restore this little village as it used to be: a happy place with people coming from all over the world living together peacefully.

    Every summer I host volunteers, artists, journalists, students and basically anyone who is curious of discovering Riace and is ready to help us in building up our dream.

    Our summer in Riace is coming and there is a great variety of things to do, so if you want to experience the wonderful simplicity of living in a tiny village in the south of Italy, come and join us!


    I desire to expand one of the guest-house and I need some help with house renovation. I'm looking for people with building skills (HYDRAULIC, ELECTRICAL, CARPENTRY, CONSTRUCTION and GENERAL MANUAL SKILLS are especially welcome)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    In the last three years I have hosted volunteers from all over Italy (and Europe also) and all together we have contributed to bring life to Riace, creating workshops of traditional dance, painting murals, organising concerts and theather performaces (..) and much much more. Everything is held outdoor, in the tiny centre of Riace where all its habitants and volunteers can join our events and workshops.

    My house and the guest house are in the center of Riace and I have warm and close relationship with local population. This enables volunteers to experience real life in Calabria- its people, nature and traditions.

    What is more, you will enjoy the beatuiful surroudings of Riace, with bays with sandy beaches!

  • Help


    type of help :

    - plumber, fixing pipes
    - electrician
    - bricklayer

    -street artists
    -theather performers, actors and actress, musicians, singers and dancers
    - video-makers and photographers
    -and others! Just write me and tell me about what your passion is, we will definitly find a spot for you :)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers will stay in the guest house (just next to mine) with shared rooms of 2/3 volunteers and shared bathroom. Food is not included but you can use the kitchen in the guest house.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

The view from my terrace in Riace
Host ref number: 318357227359