Country life, mountains, plants, river and eco-construction in the mountains of Italy



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  • Description


    I'm a Belgian traveler living in a small and quiet village in the mountains of Italy ( Marche region). It's already been 7 years I'm around.
    I'm growing food with a greenhouse and vegetable patch, also trying to collect a maximum of what mother nature offer me (herbs, fruits, mushrooms). I'm also working a bit in the forest, it's the main activity around and gave me a good opportunity to be part of the community ... in few words country life.

    I'm trying to have a healthier life, that's why I choose this remote place in the mountain where the presence of Nature and wild life is stronger then men.
    For me, knowing that wolves are living in the area act as a bio-indicator, Nature is still able to express itself, the quality of life is good!

    My diet is vegetarian but I'm a good cook with recipes from all over, so you won't really miss meat ;-)

    Having traveling a lot, I've got plenty of stories and advice that I would be glad to share.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I enjoy cooking, so I've got a lot of recipes I can teach, mainly Italian ones!

    Italian is the main spoken language obviously you'll pick up something, but french and english speaking happens regularly in summer.

    Gardening is also important to me, so you'll definitively learn gardening tricks ... Permaculture and Natural farming are always in my mind.

    I enjoy collecting herbs to eat, so you'll learn some of them depending on the season.

    Eco-building is interesting me a lot and I'm trying to practice with small projects, like the Rocket Stove and glass bottle wall. I'd like to build more with clay, this is an incredible material.

  • Help


    Living in the countryside, schedule is a bit more solar ... so yes the day start early so we can enjoy the cooler weather and do most of the work in the morning. This leave place for a good nap after lunch in the warmer period of the day : the Mediterranean schedule!

    I would need some help for the daily task around the house with general maintenance, vegetables patches and the greenhouse, to collect herbs and fruit in the country side and transform them. (fruit leather, juice, conserve, ...)

    We may as well do some little building modification in and around the house, I need to modify the "Thermal Mass Rocket Stove" I've build last autumn, build some glass bottle wall, modify some big old wooden Barrel in furniture, ...

    I also have to confess, I felt in love with a little stream in the mountains and like to spend time over there, doing natural wild landscaping around the waterfalls, so we may move some stone there to make dry wall, terraces and dam ...

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: 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.
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  • Accommodation


    The building is the old school of the village when there use to be a lot of villagers, so high ceiling and large rooms which stay cool in summer.
    I've got a dormitory and a bedroom in my house and a trailer to host, depending on the availability.
    For shower and Kitchen I'm trying to use only Natural soap, it will be available moderately.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    My place is a bit isolated, but the country side is nice. Walking on the mountains around is enjoyable, I like to trail around with my friends and the cool rivers near by are welcome when the weather is too hot.

    Without transport it's hard to move around but something can be organize to sites-see around, the medieval cities (Urbino, Gubbio, Cagli, ...) and natural places (Parco del Furlo, Monte Nerone, Grotte di Frassassi, Monte Catria ...)
    The Adriatic coast isn't so far, so some time to the beach is also doable.

    I usually get a lot of visits at home, so there will always be some activity! I've got plenty of wooden games and others and some really interesting books to read in different languages.

  • 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.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5-6 days a week

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