Volunteer with the house and garden in rural central Italy



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  • Description


    We live in the Italian countryside in a very traditional way, although we are not a traditional farm. In fact, I am a general practitioner, very often working away from home, and running a bed&breakfast at the house. This means that I need the help of someone guaranteeing continuity in the house, garden, feeding the chickens, goat, ) donkeys etc. This also means that I have less time than I would like to be together... and I need someone who can work independently with little guidance.
    Actually, I am planning to stop working for the National Health System, which creates sickness and not Health, to dedicate me 100% at the reception of travellers in a very healthy way!
    i would love to receive good vegan cooker, so I can learn more ways to prepare nice meals with what we can find in the veg garden or the fields....

    We have two positions to fill: one longer term (at least one month) for assisting in taking care of the house and garden, and a shorter term one for odd jobs in the garden, vegetable patch, etc.

    We eat healthy food from our vegetable garden and make our own bread and jams. Now we are vegetarian, and on the way to becoming vegan. We use olive oil from our own trees - which is very precious for us!

    Our philosophy: environment respect, domestic economy, recycling any trash, and gratefulness for what we receive from Nature...
    I need some time and observation to create the connection with the volunteer, so I ask patience, goodwillness.
    It is very interesting to note how helpers never stay here with indifference: or they love it ( after a while, time to integrate the motivations) or they hate it and leave soon.(cf negative profile)

    From the volunteer we expect: - and at the end you will have a Master in Domestic Economy :) -
    Interest and will to learn.
    Flexibility to adapt to our lifestyle and desire to be integrated.
    The person must be able to work independently and on their own initiative. There are many projects and types of work but you will be working on your own a lot of the time.

    We have had wonderfully rich experiences of meeting young and older people coming from all kinds of cultures.
    In the case of more volunteers present in the farm we can alternate one full day of active presence with one full day free.
    The station is 7 km away (from here you can walk less than 1 km to a bus stop, hitchhike or cycle).

    Daily chores around the kitchen are expected of everyone, even guests, this goes without saying and is not really the 'work' expected in this Workaway. . We have a maid that comes every morning so you are not expected to do any serious cleaning, just simple tasks like preparing the kitchen for breakfast, keeping the woodpile stocked from already cut wood (winter), watering plants (summer) and clearing the table after meals. You also need to do 4 hours of work everyday on different projects around the property and hopefully creatively contribute to the progress of the home (this could be completing a specific outdoor project, there is plenty of mending and repair work or creative projects like constructing paths with tile pieces). This task could be any number of things, but importance is placed on leaving your mark on the home and contributing. Also, if you work for a full day, this can be in exchange for a full day to visit one of several attractions or towns nearby (Rome, Assisi, Orvieto, Spoleto, to name a few)

    Potential volunteers should keep in mind that this is not a free hostel! You have to be absolutely willing to adapt yourself to the way of life here - with its rules and habits - even if it is not what you are used to. Having a positive attitude is essential in this respect. Please watch this short film to get an idea of my values, as I am not willing to compromise them- look on google Annie Leonard, "story of stuff". You should ask yourself whether or not you find this agreeable before asking to come and live here. The importance of this experience is not solely the physical work in exchange for food and a bed, but rather a willingness to learn and build a relationship. Since I very often work away, I like to come back to a nice atmosphere where I can feel really at home! (At my own home). I have a great defect: I react rudely when I feel "invaded". You cannot expect from me to open myself immediately, it is not automatic, I need time. I am really happy for people to "feel at home" here, but I also want them to "feel the home" and really be part of it. Just to give an example, you can not enjoy a drink standing just in front of a plant dying of thirst and not do anything about it...

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • 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

    How to avoid to create trash.
    how to recycle everything.
    how to consider the most import resource: WATER.
    how to stop to use chemicals .
    How to feed your body with what the nature offers you...
    how to stop automatism created by advertising and brain washing...

  • Help


    We need help in the garden, pool maintenance in the hot season, feeding the animals (chickens, geese.....and no more goats, but donkeys , dog and cats...), looking after the vegetable garden (synergic permaculture), mending fences, chopping wood...

    In the spring the flower beds and the synergic vegetable garden need weeding, fruit trees and hedges need to be pruned.

    Beginning in April and through the summer, someone should spend about an hour in the vegetable garden each day, watering the plants and removing weeds, as well as cleaning and maintaining the pool.

    If you have a clean driving license for manual cars you are welcome to use the car too.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    In the main house during the winter, and when the main house is rented in the summer, we all stay in the cottage or in a tent if you need privacy.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Please ask for our phone number and confirm your arrival one week before and contact me also at the moment of your departure to arrange pick up at the station.
    We are 7km away from Orte train station, on line Rome (40 mins away) to Florence.
    Nearby, you can visit the Etruscan Pyramid, wild hot springs, authentic beautiful villages, such as Bomarzo, Vitorchiano, Bagnaia, or cities, such as Amelia, Orvieto, Montefiascone (on Bolsena Lake).

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Good WiFi connection

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    No problem with the size of the camper... We have a lot of space...

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    25 hours/week

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