Experience living at the top of Etna Volcano! Sicily, Italy and help fix up my house and garden




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    Dear Workawayers,
    Thank you for your interest in helping me. I live on Etna Volcano located 15 mins driving from Ragalna, one of the highest towns on Etna at 1300m. Etna is an active volcano erupting multiple times a year. On my land, there is a vegetable garden, chicken coop, many fruit trees scattered around, my main house with 2 bedrooms, a smaller cottage which is being totally renovated, a large patio and outdoor seating area. I try to live as eco friendly as possible so all my water is cleaned rain water and I am working on making a grey water recycler. I try to grow and preserve as much food as possible; in my garden now are tomatoes, zucchini, peppers and various fruit trees and herbs.

    My home is a very peaceful and quiet place. I live here with my girlfriend and my 3 kids (7, 12, 12) are here some of the time. However, I commute to Catania for work which is a 45 minute drive so I am away from the house 3 or 4 days a week.

    Catania is the second largest city in Sicily and is a 45 min drive or 1 hour bus. The many different beaches are also a 1 hour drive. Ragalna, the closest town is a 15 min drive and Nicolosi and Belpasso (biggest towns) are a 20 minute drive. There are mountain walks very close to the house but the submit is a 20 minute drive.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Italian language, Sicilian, Sicilian food and cooking, open fire bbq, mushroom foraging, renovations, craftsmanship, carpentry, trekking, tree care and garden care, building...etc

    Sicily is culturally rich which a very specific and interesting way of life. There are not many other places in the world like Sicily and Etna. You will learn what it is like to live on an independent mountain house on Etna.

  • Help


    There are many different projects that I am working on and have in mind, so what you will do depends on what you would enjoy doing and more importantly what skills you have. I am very open to new ideas and suggestions about things to build and how to improve my land. Some of the things I am currently working on and what you will generally be responsible for are...

    Animal care (chickens and dogs; possibly rabbits)
    Yard maintenance
    Maintaining cleanliness in the house
    Furniture renovations
    Building a new well for rainwater
    Installing a new light into the tool shed
    Laying tiles on rooftop
    Fixing/improving driveway
    Fire starting
    Rebuild fireplace with lava stone
    Organization and cleaning of tool shed

    There are all types of different projects which can fit different people.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Italian ,English,Spanish

  • Accommodation


    I live in a 2 bedroom house with a bathroom, a living room and a kitchen. One bedroom is for a workawayer and when I have multiple workawayers, the living room is converted into a bedroom. There is a large patio that surrounds the house. The is also a cottage that is being renovated which I will move into when it is ready, then there will be an extra bedroom. The house is on a 7000 sq m property with a panoramic view of Sicily and the peak of Etna. It does get cold at nights so I have a wood fire burner and a fire place. The entire property is available to you.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I would be pleased to have a respectful workawayer come and stay with me. I have had a lot of good experiences with workawayers and you guys contribute to improving my house and land. I can see the work that workawayers have done every day and I am very grateful for that. I love to hear new ideas about different things I can make. Like I said, I am however away for some days a week and would need a workawayer who can manage time if by themselves. I would strongly recommend coming with a car or transportation as there are many things to do locally but require a car. If you don't then I have a bike you can use and for longer stays, I can discuss arrangements for a vehicle. There are dogs that are free to roam the yard and the house has no wifi and very little internet connection. This place has a very special energy which I like for people to enjoy.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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