Mountain refuge, enviromental center, botanical park and horse area in Lucanian Appenines, Basilicata, Italy

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  • Last activity: 15 Nov 2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    This is an independent hub that focuses on the study, research and promotion of the Lucanian Apennines and Basilicata. The main activities are the promotion of slow and sustainable tourism, naturalistic and humanistic research, dissemination and environmental education, maintenance and management of natural areas, conservation and environmental protection.
    We are looking for volunteers for various planned activities. In cooperation with other partners, we offer hospitality in the following contexts:
    1. Helping in mountain refuge: since 2020 we have been managing a refuge, a beautiful structure in the Lucanian Apennines National Park, where we are involved in nature conservation and outdoor activities. We are also one of the recognised European center of mammals research.
    2. Helping in a botanical park: the only botanical park in Basilicata, where the study of plants and insects and the promotion of cultural activities are proposed.
    3. Helping in a horse area: an organisation dedicated to promoting tourism in the National Park through hiking with horses and donkeys.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    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
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    Guests will learn how to run an enviromental/ecotourist organization. He/she will also learn from and collaborate in naturalistic research, wildlife monitoring, hiking trail and mapping activities, co-guide for horseback riding excursions, management of botanical gardens, care of insectaria and herbaria, care of farm animals.
    During his stay, the guest will also learn to recognise the wildlife and flora of the Apennines, the life in the mountains, the traditions of Lucania and the methods of environmental education.

  • Help


    We are looking for people who can help with the daily management of a mountain center in the Lucanian Apennines National Park, of botanical park and horse area.
    The help required are: reception guests and hikers, cleaning and accommodation of the structure and support in general management and activities.

    Guests will only help in the daily running. They will not prepare food for the guests.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Italian: Fluent
    English: Intermediate
    Spanish: Intermediate
    French: Beginner

    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


    Guest will have a shared room.
    The guest will learn about the culinary tradition of Basilicata and will be able to contribute his knowledge. All help here is voluntary, as the aim is to make this part of the Park more usable.

    We will offer two meals daily, or the ingredient to make them.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The centers are immersed in the Lucanian Apennines in Basilicata. In his free time the guest can go trekking, mountain biking or visiting Basilicata.

  • 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

    Wifi connection is discret.

  • 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 accept pets. We love them.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 669779342854

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