Help with a Natural Development Project in North PreAlps, Italy



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    Hi I`m Gianni a 48 year old man living in Platischis, a village in Friuli Venezia Giulia in the province of Udine (Italy). Previously to came here I left my former work moved by the desire to grap my life and direct it into a different horizon, a more conscious, responsible choice and attentive to the natural rhythms of life; now I would like to share this with someone who gives me a hand and breathes the fresh air present in this place.

    What led me to make this decision? The desire to create a project in contact with nature, open to a community life, acceptance and international exchange. The way I lived so far has brought me to know and acquire effective and sustainable design, action and communication tools, such as for example “The Deming Cycle” which helps me in everyday activities, choices, and relationships outwardly. In 2013 by chance, in this surroundings, I felt in love with this place and decided to remain. I bought an abandoned house, about 3 km from the village and surrounded by about 10 hectares of the land. I have restored the house and opened bed & breakfast facilities.
    I offer rural hospitality here and work in a small woodland enterprise. Beyond this I would like to expand and consolidate agricultural activity by developing a garden and an orchard being already present, creating a plant for the cultivation of officinal herbs/berries, beekeeping and some other animals, all as far as possible in a logic of self-sustainability.
    As far as the tourist and social aspects are concerned, in addition to the hospitality of currently running bed & breakfast there are many activities to be developed and expanded which include: restoration and reopening of paths and natural trails, planning of events – cultural, artistic and sports, first aid courses and orienteering, creation of natural environment and human being that favor the attitude towards recollection, introspection and deep contact with nature and with oneself. My current energies do not allow me to start, develop and manage many of these activities and that is why I am looking for someone with good will, and any specific experiences that have interest and desire to get into the challenge in this adventure.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house

  • 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

    Participation in the natural development project does not include initialy monthly payment but an exchange of work activities for accommodation and board, with the possibility of future integration into all the structure and property.

    The project participation also offers:
    - Context of simple life, but in terms of human scale very agreeable;
    - Convivial times and spaces of confrontation and growth with people of different cultures and experiences but with the common goal of a healthy and shared lifestyle;
    - Attractive living spaces but still in the process of being tuned enhanced by renewable energy services and utilities;
    - Participation in training courses promoted by the structure;
    - Management and use of a large area of land, predominantly used as a forest and partially cultivated ;
    - Site under development, with collaborations between companies and institutions in the activation/definition phase;
    - The ability to express their own skills, personality and with capacity to carry out activities independently;
    - Equipment for the work and carrying out various tasks.

  • Help


    Help is mostly needed with bed &breakfast, in the kitchen, in the garden and in the forest (clearing the paths).

    For those more interested getting a hand into the project for a stable, long time collaboration, there is more detailed information below:

    Natural Development Project
    It is a natural setting with aim to expand into association creating a community which:
    - Favorites healthy lifestyle in harmony with nature which surrounds us;
    - Protects quality of lifestyle for those who live, work and stay in this location;
    - Promotes both protection of natural, cultural and social resources in operating area and different model of socio-economic development.

    Broader aim of the project is to deal with development and promotion of:
    - Organic agriculture;
    - Permaculture techniques;
    - Workshops;
    - Cultural and social events;
    - International exchange, promoting intercultural experience.

    Different activities will be undertaken under the self-sustainable criteria: starting with the production of energy from renewable sources (solar, wind, hydroelectric, timber etc.) following the plant production, animal derived products, transformation of raw materials for self-consumption and subsequently to promote tourism in this area linked also to the sale of its both derivative and artisan products.

    The project is aimed to:
    1.People who have already acquired specific skills and experiences in the following fields:
    - Agricultural and/or forestry activities (horticulture, animal breeding, fruit production etc.);
    - Educational, cultural, sociological activities and planning of training programs;
    - Processing and transformation of natural resource products (wood, iron and stone) and animal derived products;
    - Rural accommodation (lodging, catering, etc.).
    2. People with their own set up projects, which coincide with our project scheme looking for the right setting to make them true.
    3. Young people even without specific experiences but with open, dynamic minds, with good will, humility and desire to learn.

    It is also important for those who respond to this announcement:
    - To prefer and lead a simple lifestyle that is attentive to the care and safeguard of the environment by making conscious and sustainable daily choices;
    - Be enhanced by initiative spirit and personal resourcefulness, because in practice it goes down to be pioneers and get into the daily game;
    - Have concrete practical and manual skills due to the manifold tasks to be done;
    - Have the ability to implement within the daily life real meaning of the term “collaboration” because every single intervention and choice made in the field must take into account needs of the place and people who already live or would like to stay in this setting;
    - Be “flexible” and have the ability to adapt ….returning to the dear, old motto “improvise, adapt and achieve the purpose”, while being in the environment which enhances expression of individuality, creativity and gives freedom to realize its` own dreams;
    - To understand and favor the fundamental characteristics of this project to be a permanent laboratory where developing design and activities are continuously ongoing and under planning/definition, in order to maintain high quality standards, meeting and exchanging with people of different orientations and cultural features who will be dealt with curiosity and spirit of authentic reception;
    - Pay attention and interest towards integrated educational, training and growth paths, which primarily enable to the staff and then frequenters of this place inner and professional growth.

    The place is set up about 3 km from Platischis, a fraction of the town of Taipana, in the Province of Udine, in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, 700masl. Public transport does not reach here, if so – only 2x week, but roads are in a good condition and asphalted.
    To arrive in Platischis:
    - By bus: stop at Nimis, then twice a week for Platischis;
    - By train: arrival station “Udine”, then bus service;
    - By plane: Ronchi dei Legionari Airport – Trieste, then by courier;

    I will be happy to pick up you before previous arrangement.

    Get in touch with me to introduce yourself, tell me your current path and your dreams

    Languages spoken: Italian, English and French

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Homestay, shared rooms.
    This setting also offers Bed & Breakfast and thanks to that there is always at least one room with two single beds available. Bathroom is shared with other guests.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Exchange of work for full board and accommodation. Food is partially derived from own garden. Posibility of catering for both mixed and vegetarian diet. Usually we all prepare meals together or take turns, eat together and clean up after the meals.
    Volunteers are expected to work no more than 5 hours per day and having one day off per week to explore area or to do their own things.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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Host ref number: 799721584148