I am an Italian/American woman in my early seventies living with a male friend in the home my parents built in 1972 on 3 acres of land in the countryside outside Ceglie Messapica, a small town in the province of Brindisi, region of Puglia (Apulia). I have 4 dogs. I spend my time gardening, painting, cooking, reading.
The house is on two floors and a 15 minute walk from town. Ceglie Messapica is part of the area of the famous "trulli" - mysterious ancient structures - and has a reputation for excellent restaurants. The beach at Villanova (Ostuni) is a 25 minute drive from here and a public swimming pool is a 5 minute walk from my home. Cost for admittance all day is 6 euros.
No pesticides or herbicides are used on the land.
I don't smoke and don't allow smoking inside the house. I'm also a part-time vegetarian :-)
Help in the house
I would like someone who could help with general land maintenance, light pruning, weeding, watering, olive-picking (end of October/beginning of November), and use of a weed-whacker (strimmer for the Brits) in Spring. Perhaps cooking for yourself and possibly me could be part of your work hours.
Italian and English.
Private bedroom with single or double bed, semi-private bathroom with shower (no tub).
Dietary restrictions such as no wheat or dairy would present a problem because they constitute a large part of my diet.
Usually it's very quiet around here, except when a little wild animal runs by at night and the dogs go crazy!
The countryside around Ceglie Messapica is agricultural and terraced with dry stone walls. The vegetation includes many olive groves, cactus pears, fig, almond, walnut and other fruit trees. The walk to town is not long, but there are some steep hills involved. In the summer Ceglie hosts many musical events and there are an endless number of pizzerias, restaurants and cafes.
The beach is a 30 minute drive away, and a public swimming pool is a 5 minute walk from the house.
There are bike routes.
You would need a car or taxi to get here from the Ostuni train station, 20 minutes away, or from the Brindisi Airport, 40 minutes away, and to visit other towns.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
3 hours a day/5 days a week per volunteer.