Experience country living at Vinciucci in rural Sicily

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Italy

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a villa in the countryside with a large organic vegetable garden and several fields of carob trees. We also have free range chickens, dogs, and cats. We are open-minded and flexible, but also professional and organized people with 12 years of experience hosting volunteers.

    My name is Andrea and my mother is Daria. Mamma ran the place until a couple of years ago, now she is slowly beginning to retire and I am slowly taking over ownership and responsibilities of the place.

    This year we have extended the vegetable garden and working to open a sustainable home restaurant, we produce marmalades, bread and we love good food in general!

    We need help with construction, gardening, animal care, pruning and harvesting the carob and different seasonal harvests like capers and others spontaneous vegetables.
    We are also interested in hosting volunteers who would like to stay for longer periods of time, to give us more consistent help, especially from April to September.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Here you'll learn a lot about carob trees and carob harvest, permaculture, baking bread, making pasta, and general life in the countryside. We can teach you about Sicilian culture, traditional foods, and the Italian language. Hopefully, during your stay here, you'll get the chance to meet my sister and my new nephew, hang out with me and my friends, and see the beautiful surrounding cities and landscapes.

    The area that surrounds is rich in natural landscapes: Canyons, fields, sea and beaches but also cultural and historical interests like the Baroque cities of Modica, Scicli, Ispica and Ragusa.
    We have a Meditation room and we are very likely to do meditation and other kinds of things like that depending on the period.

  • Help

    Help

    We need help with agriculture, building, general maintenance of the house like cleaning and helping organize things, help with animal care, and also help in the vegetable garden. Additionally, in the last year or so, we are hosting groups of older people, usually, over sixty and in groups of12/16 who come to Vinciucci to experience and enjoy a day in our everyday family life, we welcome them, make bread and fresh pasta together and then we eat lunch altogether. The volunteers are part of the family for us while they are here and they're participation is always welcome and become a highlight exeperience for both parts

    In early spring and also late autumn, we need help for pruning the Carruba trees.
    Around May-June, we harvest the capers.
    In late summer and autumn, we need help with harvesting Carruba and olives and preparing the wood for the winter.

    This winter, we have extended the vegetable garden so we'll need help to take care of the garden and harvest the vegetables.

    Usually, we ask you to work about 5 hours a day and usually 2 days off each week, depending on the work.

    We prefer people to stay for at least 2 weeks.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Italian/ English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a room dedicated to volunteers, that can host 3-4 volunteers, with two bathrooms available for use. Warm showers and sheets provided. Depending on the period, there are 2 additional bedrooms that can be used to host volunteers.
    Wifi is available for helpers.
    Meals are prepared and taken in common most of the time.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Usually we work about 5 hours per day, with two days off per week. Typically we start work in the morning (around 8 am) and work until lunch. After lunch you have free time to either take a nice nap, relax around the property or explore the area.

    We are located in the countryside, about a 10 minute drive to Ispica. If you do not have a car it is not a huge problem, since either myself or my mother could potentially give you a lift to the bus station in Ispica, where you can catch a bus to the surrounding cities. However it is helpful to keep in mind that I am not always available to provide lifts and some afternoons you may have to find your own way (either by walking or hitchhiking) or be okay with spending your afternoon free time at the property. On your days off it is usually easy for me to take you to the bus station in the morning, it's simply the workday afternoons that I cannot guarantee my availability.

  • 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 to 6 hours per day

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