Experience the authentic italian lifestyle on a farm in Parma, Italy



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  • Description


    My name is Gino (63) and I live on a farm just outside Parma in Italy (approximately 12km from the city centre). The accommodation is lovely and rustic sitting beneath the hills making beautiful views, there is a plenty of land for you to roam freely.

    I have cows, chickens, ducks and geese for own consumption of eggs, I do not eat my animals. The farm is organic and wild animals love to graze around the farm. I have a dancing floor and do a lot of "Standard dancing". The farmhouse is quite big and I'd mainly need some help in keeping the house tidy and cook vegetarian meals.

    Also I have a dance floor of 350 square metres that needs to be swept about 3 times a week which takes around 1 hour to do. After dance sessions i host frequent dinner parties (for around 10 people usually). I need some help in preparing the table and food for these events, which workawayers are always welcome to join. Dance teachers come to teach and this could be an opportunity for the workawayer to learn to dance alongside meeting local Italians. Lessons cost 25 euro per hour although I can teach for free what I know. This last July I won the Italian championship in the "Standard dancing" (English waltz, Tango, Viennese waltz, Slow foxtrot and Quick step).

    I lived and worked in the UK for 22 years mainly as flight instructor so I am well travelled and have a good understanding of other travellers requirements.

    This would be an ideal opportunity for someone who is looking to experience the authentic italian lifestyle on a farm, with good access into the City of Parma with a bus stop located just a 1 minute walk from the house. The workawayer would only be expected to help for a few hours per day (5 days per week) and in return would recieve free accomodation and meals.

    Part of the farm is a business and has heifer cows but the workawayers will not be invoved in the business part of the farm. I have a thorough understanding of Health and Safety requirements as such you will not be expected to drive any machinery.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    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

    The Workawayer will gain experience in a true authetic rural italian lifestyle, eating and drinking local cuisine alongside meeting local people who will share their own experiences.The oppourtuity to learn how to dance from experienced dancers you will be able to folow the standard competition dancing training. Generally the workawayer will recieve an enriching cultural exchange in a natural environment.

  • Help


    I could do with some light help in the spring cleaning the house and attending the chickens and ducks.
    Usual chores to help keeping the house with one single occupant tidy. Feeding the chickens and picking up the eggs. Help with cooking/preparing vegetarian meals.

  • 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


    Double bedroom with private bathroom and shared kitchen.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I can provide bikes but the bus stop is also just outside the farm to get to Parma and eventually get on the train to visit parts of Italy. The farm is located around 2.5 hours train journey from Venice & Florence but there are also some very beautiful places closer like Bologna & Modena.

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    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

    The Wifi connection is strong

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 843746176983