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We are a Canadian/Sicilian family of three (Annie, Claudio and Vittorio) with two labradors living on the beautiful island of Lipari, on the northeast coast of Sicily, Italy.
We have traveled the world, studied and worked in the city, and now have decided to make a family in the wonderful wild countryside of this volcanic island, and run guesthouses here.
We live in a beautiful big independant villa 15 minutes drive from the main town. We lead a simple eolian lifestyle of nature, beach/sea and homemade sicilian cooking!
There are many things to do here such as swimming, snorkling/diving, fishing, boat, trekking (including volcano climbing), walking, cycling, picnics, going for aperitivo and discovering the other islands that make up the Eolian archipelago. The weather is wonderful for swimming until November, and the winter is mild.
Lipari (the Aeolian islands) is a UNESCO world heritage site.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Help around the house
By staying with us you can learn or improve your Italian and live the sicilian way of life, in a typical eolian home.
You will get to know a mythical and exciting culture, meet warm and colourful people and experience the delicious culinary traditions (with local produce + tasty sweets!)
You will also live in a unique environment of history and nature. We live in a mix of wild beaches, spectacular sea, cactus fields, abandoned ruins and active volcanoes!
(1) We are mainly looking for help with our little boy (assistance with creative play, going to the beach/walks, language development, baby-sitting, etc) and around the house (assistance with cooking, walking the dogs, gardening, diy projects, etc).
(2) If babysitting isn't your thing, we could also use some help around our guesthouses, maintaining the field and gardens, doing diy projects and general maintenance.
We are quite flexible and are open to discuss the type of experience you are looking for.
If you have any other skills that you feel would be useful, please just let us know.
You will help about 5 hours per day, 5 days a week.
We provide a private room in our house, with private bathroom. You have full access to the main kitchen and laundry machine.
You will be hosted in an apartment in the guesthouse.
We usually share one meal in the evenings with the extended family working at the guesthouses, and you are welcome to share lunches with us.
We are situated close to the supermarket.
We can provide lifts into town when we go (often!), it is possible to walk to town in about 45 minutes, and there are buses.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We love animals and have space for dogs and cats
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week