Permaculture and subtropical Food Forest project in Calabria, southern Italy



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  • Description


    We are Andrea, Agnese, Dario e Paoletta, a couple with a newborn son and a small old cute dog :) <3 :)
    We are turning an abandoned citrus/olive groove into a subtropical food forest trying to apply permaculture principles and ethics. Currently we can only host in tent, 3h work, food not included.
    The land is in Bovalino Marina (80 km from Reggio Calabria, South Italy). Is about 1,5 hectare, 500m from the beach (1,5km walking distance) on the ionic sea. Our land has never been in contact with chemicals and our mission is to preserve and love this place, living it and experiencing sustainable life-style as much as possible.

    Families with babies are encouraged to enroll! at the moment our calendar is very flexible so we can only accept last minute requestes.

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    if so, you have very high chances to be hosted :)
    This is a hands-on experience, so if you're afraid of insects or digging in dirt, this will not be a good fit for you.*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️

    We need volunteers who are truly interested in sustainability, DIY, permaculture and in helping to contribute towards the future of the planet and of our project. We expect a good attitude, ethic work and reward our volunteers with the opportunity to learn our approach e to live in this paradise :)

    We are open to volunteers with no experiencing as long as you have a genuine interest in helping, learning and work independently.

    In order we both have a positive experience and you enjoy this experience, is very important to know that:

    -WE START EXPECTING 3H AND FOOD NOT INCLUDED and then we see how things go if you want to turn to 5h/food included that you have anyway to prepare by yourself. There are food shops in about 1km. Local vegetables are around 1-2€/kg, bread 2,2€/kg
    - We can only host in tent or your own camper van

    - you must be trustworthy, clean, tidy, details-oriented, good listener and motivated to learn
    - the place is not touristic, in the countryside, there are not many public transport passing by the house and the nearest village is about 1,5km away with no walking path dark white road (you can walk but have to pay attention and use torch)
    - there is no WIFI
    - typical task may include collecting/cutting wood, digging, planting, cleaning, moving stuff and "dirty" jobs.
    - when you contact us specify why you think this is the right place for you and how do you think you can help us (read what we need section)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will experience an authentic and non touristic south italian area, discovering good and bad sides of this culture, enjoying a natural place and the sea, just 1,5 km walking from the house. We are happy to have english-italian-spanish conversations if you want to practice your language skills as well as teach anything we can from how to set a synergetic garden to play guitar or cook a real italian pasta :) We are also happy to learn from you is you have knowledges and experience to share.
    We often go to help some friends in Bovalino or other nearby villages and you are welcome to join us to see new places and meet friendly locals.
    There is an archeological site more than 2000 y/o in Locri, free entry the first sunday of every month

  • Help


    The project started in April 2016 and we are still learning a lot day by day what we need :)

    Depending on what's going on you can also help in our various activities: making a home made marmalade, woodworks, natural soap, prune trees, take care of the garden, help with the maintaining or renovation of the house, cleaning, picking fruits and various open air phisical works.
    Flexibility is necessary: expect to help when is useful during all day for a total of 3-5 hours that will be rarely concentrated all at ones, so if you look for a 8-13 concentrated working hours to be free the rest of the day probably this is not the right place, but here it's rather for people that wish to experience a full countryside life. In Summertime can be superhot till 38 C and the only way to survive is working wet and cover the head.

    Minimum stay of 2-3 weeks are appreciated and, after a trial period, we are happy to consider longer stay and long term collaborations
    Knowledge and experiences in Permaculture is welcome but not required. Anyway It will make sense if you at least Google "permaculture" and "food forest" before applying ;)

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    italian, english, spanish

  • Accommodation


    You will camp in a tent in a wild lemon land, full of trees and you can enjoy the concert of the nature! Is possible to park a small camper van, no black water service. There is a very basic compost toilet, a solar panel to charge your phone, gas stove for cooking, a rain shelter and a solar shower(no sun, no hot water!) .

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If we are free we can introduce you to many ancient villages around in the area. There are not many touristic attractions around here but is a perfect place for enjoying the nature, play music (we have a small drum, guitar, bass, synthesizer.. ) or enjoy the sea around 1,5 km from home.

    When you write us start your message with "I love citrus" please so we know you read until here :) first write few lines on workaway and then you can contact me (Andrea) so we can have a videochat and you can see the place and ask your questions.
    We are waiting for you! :)

    G E T H E R E :

    TRAIN to "Bovalino railway station" look at

    - From Reggio Calabria see more
    - From Lamezia Terme you can take a bus from the airport to the central train station of Lamezia Terme or just hitchhike with someone who is leaving the airport by car. We think it’s easiest to take the train to Catanzaro Lido first and from there getting into another train that takes you directly and without any long waiting to Bovalino. It took us 2h30min from Lamezia Terme to Bovalino and cost 12€.

    BUS: look at Autolinee Federico, this bus company serves all major cities in Italy Roma, Bologna and Reggio Calabria airport) and stops right in Bovalino.

    Another website worth knowing for all your travels is and the carpooling website that for us it's the best way to move in Italy if you find a seat.

    No public transport will bring you straight to my place so we can come and pick you up at Bovalino train station or bus stop. Be sure to let we know in advance what time you arrive.

    Please do no hesitate to contact us and feel free to ask any information :) we are looking forward to see you here!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    15 hours/week- no food, 25 hours/week- food

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Host ref number: 878511151717