School of construction with traditional techniques in Alta Langa, Italy



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  • Description


    We are a non profit association based in Alta Langa area, close to Monesiglio, a small countryside village. We are located 40 km to the Ligurian coast, and 80 km to the Alps. Our area is rural, the school is placed in the woods 20 minutes walk from the nearest village.

    Our organization purposes are:
    - to spread the knowldege of historical, artistic, turistic aspects of our territory
    -to develop turistic activities
    -to create cultural and educational opportunities in order to fight the growing depopulation.
    This summer we are going to organize building workshops in order to restore part of an old house and transmit old building techniques to young generation.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers are free to join the lessons during their free time, only if compatible with the number of participants. If you want to join the building site make sure to bring your steel toe shoes.
    The Cascina is a young, interesting learning environment, where to meet students and young professionals, and learn about italian rural culture, food and wine tradition of Piemonte, and feel part of a great project.

  • Help


    In our school we teach ancient building techniques with natural traditional materials.
    Our students are staying and eating here, living as a community.

    We need your help in:
    -Preparing breakfast in the morning (7AM);
    -Setting the tables (breakfast, lunch and dinner);
    -Once or twice days a week we may organize events in the evening such as cinema, theatre, music, and theme nights, so we would need help with the organization of the events: setting the tables, helping with the decoration, serving the food and putting everything back in place after the event. These events might happen on the school or on the Castle in Monesiglio (nearby village);
    -helping with the organic vegetable garden, and organizing the Cascina.

    -Breakfast is at 7:30, so you have to get up early.
    -We have lunch at 12.30 and then we take a break after lunch until 2:30 pm.
    -Normally there are 2 workawayers so in the morning you help in general maintenance of the house and in the afternoon you are free to take a break or getting to know the surroundings. In case there is availability on the building site (always depending on the tutor's need) you are invited to participate on our workshops.
    -Public transportation to the village is not available, it is possible to walk there.
    -We need to know in advance when you need to be taken from and to the train station.

    We also need help running our touristic office at Monesiglio, if you want to give us a hand let us know!!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Italian, English, French

  • Accommodation


    Common room with shared bathroom in the hostel of the school. You will share the room with students and other volunteers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    On your free time you can visit the surrounding villages of Prunetto, Monesiglio, Castelletto Uzzone, Cortemilia... Walking around the nearby beech forest or simply enjoying the surrounding nature. Having a taste of the local food and food festivals that happen in the summer and of course all the hazelnut sweets typical from that area.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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