Come and help us and contribute to the sustainable development of Salento, Italy



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  • Description


    We are a small organization founded by two young men passionated in cycling and in love with their land.

    The first organization we founded is this association specialised in the promotion of sustainable mobility and cycliing tourism. We do believe that the bicycle is a powerful tool to explore a place, to be healthy, free and active in our life.
    At the moment we lead a Tour operator which offers daily and weekly bike tour in Puglia. Our tour are completely unique (we mapped it) and they go through naturalistic, cultural and enogastronomic beautyness of our land. Our customers come from north Europe and we are very active from the end of March to the beginning of November.
    we are 6 person (Giulia, Carlo, Mattia, Piergiorgio, Tiziana ed Ernesto) of the same age (29/38 years old).

    Since 2016 we manage a public space in Lido Conchiglie (Gallipoli, Lecce) with the mission of promoting sustainable and slow tourism in the area of south Puglia.

    This is a "SLOW MOBILITY CENTRE" with a bar with organic/local food. Here you can rent a bike, go for a tour, participate to a guided excursions, having a natural aperitivo, enjoying people and space during night event (live music, parties, theatre, etc) or day event (as farmer market, bike market, acro-yoga sessions, gymnastic, etc). Children are welcome and often we do organize activities for kids.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    They will be in touch with a young team of local people who loves their land, so they can have many cultural info (that is also part of our job) and social experience (if there is a good relations we enjoy to involve volunteers in our everyday life and friends relations). As our bike tour, from Aprile to October host bikers from all around the world, so there is the opportunity to meet several cultures.
    About competence and skills: we believe in learning by doing 'cause this has been our style: we have founded our company and job by ourselfes, wothout any previous experience or specific background.
    At the momento we have 7 years of experience in : travel agency management, promoting bike tour, manage 1 day bike tour, manage 1 week bike tour, bike cafè management, fixing bike (general maintenance), groups leading and guiding.
    Recently we are experimenting making natural dishes (mainly raw with local vegetables and fruits), organizing and promoting cultural/music/market events to the bike cafè, gardening.
    We are happy to share our competences according also with volunteers need and attitudes. We are also happy to exchange competences.

  • Help


    Main activities for volunteers:

    Here - gardening, cleaning, general maintenance, bike fixing, support in the kitchen with preparation and cleaning, preparation of music/theatre event, tiding up of the big room where we host physcal activities.
    Support in bike tour (accompaining a group, staff preparation, bike carring and transporting it).

    We do work in a friendship environment, we appreciate flexibility in terms of volunteering time and solidarity with colleagues.

    We recommend to be bike riders ('cause there are 8 kms from accommodation to the the Bike cafè) and we do not always provide car transport. But for sure we provide a good bike!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Italiano, English, Spanish, French

  • Accommodation


    According with the work season and with the availability of staff house, the accomodation can be :
    - in the apartment of one of us but with independent room (single or double) . It will be in the area of Gallipoli if the main activities of the season is the Bike Cafè.
    - in a camper parked in the courtyard of bike cafe. In alternative also tent.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Enjoy riding the natural area of Gallipoli beaches (south part), Lido Conchiglie beaches or Parco naturale di Porto Selvaggio (north part).
    During the summer (July and August) is easier to move further than Gallipoli area 'cause there are buses (salento in bus). When is not summer exploring the area is more depending on bike and local train. Then if you have good relations with the team they will be happy to share their social life and free time with you (we do organize parties, we do climbing, swimming in the winter, going to market, cooking together, walking, etc).

    Salento is in the most south-eastern region of Italy lying in the so-called "heel of the boot". Situated in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, this region is filled with memories of the different civilizations that inhabited it, from the Messapii, to the Greeks, followed by the Romans and then the Normans. Crossing Salento with a bicycle is like cycling through an
    open-air museum. Prehistoric Dolmen, Byzantine shrines hidden in the caves, Baroque cathedrals,
    secluded corners of the coast... are all but a few of the things you can see when visiting this area.
    Salento is famous worldwide for its traditional cuisine, which combines marine and earth flavours, and for its wine production, particularly of Primitivo and Negramaro grapes. Its unique combinations will delight all food and wine lovers.
    Come with open hurt and discover it!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours as average/ 12 a days and free other days if needed

Bike cafè
fruits during all seasons
and we also like trekking and climbing
riding fast...

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