Enjoy an unforgettable working holiday in the Etna national park in Sicily, Italy

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Italy

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  • Description

    Description

    Benvenuti!
    We are an open-minded German/Italian family (65, 54 , 25 and 21 years old) and we live in the Etna Nature Reserve (since 2013 World Cultural Heritage of the U.N.E.S.C.O.) with a beautiful view on the the largest active volcano in Europe .

    We run a small riding center which offers amongst others , horse riding, trail rides, vaulting tuition and guided walks around the volcano. Furthermore can organize trips on Etna, to the sea and to different ancient cities like Catania, Syracuse, Taormina and Palermo.

    During the year we also offer wood-processing workshops and various hobby courses in our own workshop. We also have a small farm shop with our own organic products and handmade gift items and utensils.
    We organize family celebrations, birthday parties, childrens' adventures and summer camps for kids "around the horse", carriage rides, barbecue and dancing. Our customers are not only Italians, but also come from other nations, mostly from Germany and the USA.

    On the 2 ha property you will find our two rental cottages and a small log cabin surrounded by chestnut-, olive- and fruit trees. To the south you enjoy a magnificent view over the plain of Catania and the Ionian Sea, to the north you can see the mountain massif of the volcano. We currently have six terrain-safe horses/ponies, a drolly sheep and a small zoo with chickens, guinea pigs and country turtles. Our family friendly dog and two cats are always around. They all need a lot of care.
    During the seasons we harvest mulberries, and figs, apples, nuts, almonds, chestnuts, olives and process it to oil, jam, canned goods, cakes and cookies.
    In wintertime our houses are heated with wood, so during the year a lot of fire wood has to be prepared.
    From February to March we have to trim the 35 olive trees and also some fruit trees.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Elderly Companionship
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet
    Teaching

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • 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

    We offer food (mediterranean cuisine) and lodgings, horse riding lessons, trail rides, biking, hiking and participation in land, sea, and other excursions. We show you the culture of this very interesting island, the colorful, Sicilian life and teach you the Italian language.

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for open-minded and dynamic people who would like to help us with our horses ( to clean and to saddle them, to feed them and to keep clean the stables). If you have a riding license you can help us to teach in the field. We have even a lot of children coming for horse riding or for vaulting lessons. For adults we organize different trail rides. We have Italian, English an German people and kids, so basic knowledge of that languages would be for advantage.
    We also need some help on the ground and with the trees (cutting branches and making fire wood).
    Cooking and dish washing is welcome .

    Other tasks includes painting iron gates and wooden tables and roofs, if you feel like.

    We prefer non-smokers!

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will sleep in our nice wooden log cabin with bathroom with shower. You share the two mean meals with us at the working days. Breakfast is provided in our Clubhouse, where you are free to help yourself in any time of the day. When you are off the food is not on the house, but you can cook by yourself.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Most of the time one of us is at home, so you can ask for help anytime. We can give you a lift to the next village or the next bus station (4 km). In summertime (June and July) we organize camps for children and teenagers. You are also welcome to join or visit some of the many lava stone caves in the area.

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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