Help us set up an orchard and care for animals near Lake Como, Italy



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    We are a family of 5 adults, I Patrizia, 49jh, the mother, is employed in schools and in my free time I take care of gardening, I make loom rugs and I create ceramic objects, which I sell at the craft markets.
    I live with my friend David, 46jh, and my three children Samu 24jh, Gabri 19jh and Elisa 22jh. 4 cats live with us. We live in a house near the shore of Lake Como in a small town called San Siro (Como) in Lombardy in northern Italy. The place is very nice and quiet, but it is a famous tourist destination. Our project is to redevelop an uncultivated land to create a small orchard. We are currently gardening and raising chickens and 3 goats. We also have a few hives. The place to carry out the work is about 1.5 km from the house, which can be reached on foot.
    Some days the work must be done independently, following the instructions discussed above. Sometimes the work can be done together with us, depending on the hours free from our work commitments.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Guests can learn Italian language and italian cooking.
    They can swimm, make trekking on the mountain, aroud lake Como depending of theirs interests and theirs Sports equipments, they can also make windsurf, kitesurf, mountainbike, canoe and stand up paddle.

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  • Help


    The aid requested concerns the construction of an orchard in a land currently uncultivated and in some points still to be cleared of scrub and brambles.
    The works will cover the cleaning of the ground, the care of the animals and the cleaning of the chicken coop, the maintenance of the vegetable garden, the construction of a wire mesh fence and wooden poles, the leveling of the ground, the construction of holes for the planting of plant.
    Sometimes help at home.
    In case of prolonged bad weather, small maintenance works will be assessed at the host structure.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: 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.
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  • Accommodation


    The accommodation currently available is only in tents, as the apartment, previously intended for volunteers, is currently undergoing renovation.
    The tents are two small tents, one for two people and one for three people.
    In a short time the accommodation will be a small wooden house with a bunk bed.
    Lunch and dinner will be made at home with us. Shopping will be provided for breakfast.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Close to our village, there are many touristic places and cities (Como, Milan, Lugano Switzerland) to visit.

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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 possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

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

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    Hours expected

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

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Host ref number: 885133748972