I'm an American émigré living in Sardinia for 20 years. I'm looking for people to help with gardening, landscaping, and general maintenance of several summer vacation villette here in Villasimius
(National Marine Park of Cape Carbonara)
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
Discover an enchanting island
an unspoiled land
old as time
with a rich history
Learn a bit of Italian if you like.
Share your culture, language, and life experiences.
& in your free time -
explore the island
and discover a land
coveted at one time
by Italians, Spanyards, Vandals,
Goths, Byzantines, Romans,
Etruscans, Carthaginians, Phoenicians,
Mycenaeans, Philistines, Shardana
Come hear the sing-song local "Campidanese" dialect
of the Sardinian language
- sister of Italian & Spanish
descended from Latin
Sample traditional dishes
malloreddus, maialino, and seadas
or the abundant "catch of the day" -
local species of bream (orata, dentice)
grouper (cernia) sea bass (spigola) or sole (sogliola)
and shellfish - Aragosta (lobster) gamberi (shrimp), granchi (crab),
arselle (clam), cozze (mussels)
Imbibe the local vitis vinifera varietals -
Cannonau (grenache), Monica, Carignano (Carignan),
Vermentino (Pigato, Favorita, Arratelau, Nasco) or Nuragus
as well as the after dinner "digestivi" liqueurs
Mirto nero. Mirto bianco, and arancino
or the local moonshines "Filu e' Ferru"
and "Acqua Vite" (“water of the grape”)
Experience one of the world's oldest
forms of polyphonic singing
which has enchanted the likes of
Frank Zappa and Peter Gabriel
explore mountainous forests
visit Chalcolithic megalithic Nuraghe,
which indigenous people were building here
around the same time ancient Egyptians and Celts
were piling up their own stone pyramids & henges
Pay a call on the Dolmens, necropoleis (city of the dead),
or the pre-Nuragic sculptures "Giants of Monte Prama"
from sometime around the 9th century BC
at the Museums in Cagliari & Cabras
Lose yourself in the woods
picking mushrooms, wild fennel,
mirto, capers, pomegranate
- depending on the season -
or hunt wild boar!
Hike, spelunk, climb,
trek, shepherd, bike,
walk, surf, swim, snorkel...
wander, walkabout, scooter, canoe, kayak
Dive on centuries of shipwrecks
just off the coast
or dive in off the rocks
Come sailing, surf, or go fly a kite...
Or, simply lay in the sun
and do as little as possible...
Taking care of the family properties, gardening, landscaping, general light maintenance
No experience necessary!
In the spring of 2021 I planted 5 herb gardens, & a plant nursery at home, as an experiment. This coming winter i spring I need help getting these ready for next summer, and taking things to the next level!
This host offers a language exchange
Linguistics has always been a hobby/passion. I'm happy to share my knowledge of English & Italian and glean what I'm able from you ### Language Exchange Any Workawayer in the area is welcome to get in touch! I'm American and have been learning to think in Italian, and to teach English, for 20 years. - teaching is always a learning experience - if you do it well enough!
Private 1 bedroom villetta/cottage, 100 meters from the beach "Is Traias"
- so you'll have your own kitchen, bathroom, etc., not sharing with anyone
Villasimius is a summer resort town, 1 hour from Cagliari.
Off-season it's very quiet and peaceful.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
You'll have a private 1 bedroom villetta 100 meters from the beach. I have a 100G/month SIM for a cellular router
There's a large space to park just below the house
Depends on the pet...
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week