Looking for help with tourists, house and garden maintenance in Zafferana Etnea, Sicily, Italy



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  • Description


    PLEASE: Read all my profile!

    Please...write to me ONLY IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED in the available period and if your skills fit to my profile.
    Don't email me if you are not interested!!!!

    Hi, my name is Armando, I'm 57 years old and live in Zafferana, in the protected area of ​​Etna’s Regional Park. My home is surrounded by the forest, and has an amazing view, but it’s only 1 km away from the city center. Zafferana is located between Catania and Taormina and it’s chosen as a base for those who want to visit Mount Etna.
    I work with an online rental platform, renting two rooms of the house for tourists.
    I have a garden and a small orchard and vegetable garden where I grow fruits, and vegetables for self consumption.
    I love mountain, the sea, trekking, cooking, and antique furniture restoration. I'm an active person who likes "doing".

    I am looking for volunteers that are open minded, friendly, clean, tidy, and who can make tourists feel welcome.

    Volunteers with the sole purpose of vacation are NOT welcomed.



  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will be surprised by Etna's landscape. Huge arid lands, devoid of any form of vegetation.
    In addition you'll discover organic farming methods, culture, history of Sicily, and enjoy the flavors and smells of the typical Sicilian kitchen.

  • Help


    - Help with tourists (English knowledge is needed): Breakfast preparation, guest room cleaning, tidying up, ironing, etc.
    - Help prepare jams, tomato preserves and vegetables.
    - Help around the house: cleaning, tidying up, help with cooking, etc.
    - Help with the garden: Cutting the grass, hoeing, pruning, harvesting fruit and vegetables, general vegetable garden and orchard maintenance. The work requires patience, but it’s not really hard in terms of physical effort.
    - Help me practising my English.

    NOTE: From April to October, work is mainly focused on helping with tourists, but the other chores can also be requested. The rest of the year it will be more focused on the garden and house maintenance.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Italian: Fluent
    English: Intermediate

    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


    During the tourist season ( from March to November) Bathroom and shared room.
    The house is has wifi in every room. 3 meals a day are included.
    In your free time you can organize your time as you wish.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Zafferana is famous for production of honey and a festival taking place every Sunday of October, called “Ottobrata”.
    Town is connected to Catania by public bus that runs almost every hour, and that takes around one hour. There are also some public buses running to Acireale and Giarre, but with less frequency. Note that on Sunday and holidays buses don’t run.
    The house is located 600 away from the bus stop.
    In your free time you can relax in the garden or at the terrace with a fabulous view over the town, the lonian sea, Taormina and even Calabria. You can also visit beautiful town of Zafferana, walk in the woods or visit nearby towns by bus.
    Zafferana has supermarkets, pharmacies, ATMs, etc.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4 hours a day 5 days a week. Two free days a week of your choice. I am flexible with the schedule and we can arrange it together.

Host ref number: 974684382187