Help at our animal sanctuary and permaculture project in Castiglione Di Sicilia, Sicily, Italy




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    Dear WORKAWAYers,

    In summer 2020 we bought a beautiful property in Sicily with an amazing view on Etna and started our animal sanctuary with permaculture project.

    I’m Christin, 35 years old from Germany, and I quit my office job some years ago to go traveling. Since quite some time I had the feeling and desire though to use my time “better”, to create something beautiful and make this world a bit better. I love animals and I’d love to live off-grid and self-sustainable (one day).
    My partner Luca is 30 years old, from Italy (Torino). He's a musician and traveled the world even more than me.
    We're both vegan and want to give something back to Mother Earth, hence our project.

    At the moment 31 animals are living with us (14 cats, 8 dogs and 9 chickens, two of the cats are paralyzed). We set up a food forest, a vegetable garden, structures for animals and humans.

    Activities here include: helping with planting trees, planting or transplanting vegetables, work in the vegetable garden, weeding, watering trees, mulching, harvesting, preserve or transform produce, pruning olive trees, harvesting olives, making compost, distributing manure or worm-tea, making fire-breaks in the forest, chop and store firewood. Also spending time with the animals, taking them for walks, cleaning their areas, bringing supplies, feeding, etc.
    We also started our little seed-bank, having old varieties of vegetables, especially from Sicily, and we also preserve ancient and rare varieties of fruit trees from Sicily, so occasional activities could be harvesting, curing and storing seeds correctly, or grafting fruit trees.

    We share the tasks of cooking (vegan food, fresh local produce and often from the garden) and household chores. We usually have lunch and dinner together, which we consider very important moments to meet and exchange opinions. We have a shaded space for camping nearby our (always open) house, with a compost toilet and electricity point. Kitchen, toilet, shower and other facilities are in our house, 20meters away from the camping area. We can provide headlamps, rubber boots, tents, camping mattresses, sleeping bags. Occasionally also our campervan could be used as accomodation. We can provide our hotspots as wifi if you need it.

    Luca can share information about olive farming, natural agriculture, permaculture, agroforestry, food sovereignty, local wild plants foraging, and how we try to preserve old varieties of fruit and vegetables; Christin can tell you more about the foundation of an animal sanctuary, animal welfare, animal rights, and much more.

    In the days off you can hike on Etna, go to the river, to the sea, or wonder around the area of our house, which includes forests and archeological features (and many of our rescued dogs, cats and chickens!).

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read our profile and we’d love to hear from you! Any questions - just let us know!

    Much love,
    Luca & Christin

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    You have the possibility to be part of a very nice project and shape its future together with us. You can bring up any idea and we can discuss different possibilities and learn and grow together.

  • Help


    We welcome help caring for our animals and need help building areas for them. Also depending on the season our plants have to be watered or we need help planting or harvesting. Dishes have to be washed, food has to be prepared etc.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You can either camp on our property, so sleep in a tent or in a hammock (in summer). Or you could also stay in our campervan when it’s free.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Just contact us for any further info. Thank you :)

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have space for a campervan on our property.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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