Help us keep up the Ranch - bringing on horses/Olive picking/Gardening in SICILY, Italy

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a British family who have set up a horse-riding holiday centre in Sicily. Although throughout the years our place has turned into not only horse riding holidays, but opened doors to many other kind of tailor-made holidays, family holidays. adventure holidays, yoga and zumba holidays and the list goes on.
    However it is the rescuing of animals that have brought us all stronger together. We have rescued countless dogs, cats and horses from potentially horrible deaths through the many years here and are proud of such achievements.
    Our place is small and friendly and we would expect anyone here, be they workers or guests, to be happy and part of the family.
    NOTE - SINCE COVID STRUCK WE HAVE BEEN HAVING SERIOUS DIFFICULTIES. I HAVE FAILED TO ANSWER MANY QUERIES AND APOLOGISE FOR THE STRESS I HAVE UNDOUBTEDLY CAUSED. I AM HOPING WE ARE ON THE CASP OF RESTARTING... GOOD LUCK TO US ALL. (MARK)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    One can learn many things from staying at us. Running a ranch like this means having to understand in everything, from horses to plumbing to gardening to woodwork. Never a dull moment.
    Apart from which learning the way of the Sicilian is an absolute delight. Fresh food produce and way of cooking, relaxing at bars sipping coffees and tasting their gorgeous almond sweets. Also learning their language and culture is an amazing experience.
    All of which we are more than happy to share with you all.

  • Help

    Help

    Hi to all.
    Below is a list of requirements asked from volunteers :
    - Part of the work at us is to keep taking care of all our beloved pets. ( feeding them and taking care of their daily needs 7 days a week if possible )
    - We are always looking, especially March onwards, for people with any horse handling experience to help with horse riding, tacking up horses to help ease our clients and us and also to bring on horses throughout the non riding month. In return we will offer free stay with accommodation and food and a number of excursions. We expect you to enjoy your stay as well as help us sort out our horses....
    - We currently really need Carpenters who can help improve and expand on our already existing structures in wood.
    - Skilled workmen are also welcomed as we are looking to expand.
    - Gardeners are also a joy to have due too all the greenery around our ranch.
    - November time we would love to have volunteers to help us Olive pick to make our amazing Olive Oil
    - light cleaning is sometimes required.
    Basically we welcome all hard workers to keep our beloved family run ranch up and going.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Maltese: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    At the holiday centre. In a lovely converted barn guestroom...
    Note our place is small and we sometimes have to move workaways to a very close by farmhouse for nights when we need to utilise all the rooms for guests.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have 5 dogs of our own. They are all female but caution may be required initially till they get used to new arrivals. We have a comfortable dog pen to help with this.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    maximum 25 hours a week

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