Experience country living in rural Sicily, Italy

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Italy

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    18/09/2021

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • 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.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • 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 here 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 help 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

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • 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 do about 5 hours per day, with two days off per week. Typically we start in the morning (around 8 am) and go 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

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours per day

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