Language learning adventure in Calatafimi Segesta, Sicily, Italy

  • Italia
  • 135 “me gusta”
  • Última actividad: 16 mar 2023




  • Descripción


    I'm Mallory, a 34 year-old from the United States living in Sicily. I came here to change my life and focus on language and community. Before moving here, I worked as a multilingual flight attendant, and now I'm a language teacher and translator. I'm an animal-lover and try to follow a vegetarian diet as much as possible. Outdoor activities of any kind are my preferred pastimes. I love going for hikes, walking my dogs, gardening, going to the beach...

    DOGS & CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    If you have ANY fears, allergies, or even a dislike of dogs or cats, this is NOT the place for you. Please do not even contact me if you have even the slightest hesitation in sharing a living space with my dogs or cats. There are 2 dogs and 4 cats who live in and outside the house. They're all vaccinated, de-wormed, and treated for parasites in addition to being lovely and perfect <3

    After living in Sicily for some time, I came up with the idea of SOLE (School Of Linguistic Experience) Languages. The goal is to create a community space for language learning and expression that is inclusive, innovative, and encouraging.

    I'm convinced that the most meaningful language learning happens outside of the classroom, and the pandemic has forced me to drastically reconsider how I plan to continue with my school. I would like to create an outdoor classroom that allows for safe, meaningful learning.

    Now I'd like to create a Language Farm, based on the concept of Care Farming, using gardening and animal care as a tool to promote healing. It will be a place where members of the community and tourists alike will be able to come and participate in lessons and workshops focused on experiential learning in subjects such as Mediterranean gardening and protecting Sicily's wildlife.

    I'm also very concerned with the stray dog and cat situation here in Sicily. I've been volunteering and collaborating with a local shelter for years, and I'd like to work toward the PREVENTION of increased stray populations through a massive sterilization project.

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Trabajo de caridad
    Proyectos artísticos
    Práctica de idiomas
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
    Cuidado de animales
    Ayuda en una granja
    Cocinar para toda la familia
    Ayuda doméstica
    Mantenimiento general
    Ayuda con ordenadores/Internet
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Linguistic exchange: I speak English (native), Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Italian. I'm happy to help you with any of these languages, and I'd be happy to learn about any languages you speak.

    Sicily is a beautiful island with a lot to explore and a rich and diverse culture to experience. In your free time, you're welcome to explore and experience as much as you like. Calatafimi Segesta is a small, not very touristic town, but it's delightful and rich with culture.

  • Ayuda


    June-September: Summertime management of the garden, indoor painting, repairs, and decorating

    October-November: Olive harvest preparation and completion

    December: I'm going home for Christmas and need someone to take care of my 3 dogs and 4 cats

    ~General Explanation~
    Yardwork/ Gardening
    As I learn more about permaculture, I am trying to implement this in my yard and garden. If you have experience with this, I welcome your input and skills! I need help building a composter and worm farm. General yard/garden maintenance will also make up the bulk of our daily work.

    General Housekeeping
    I ONLY expect you to help 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Cleanliness and general housekeeping will NOT be considered part of your 'work' but rather part of your respectful and sanitary co-habitation with another person. I'm happy to live with someone and provide accommodation, but it is essential that you do your fair share in keeping the environment clean. So, if you make a mess, clean it up. This applies to tools you use for a project, dishes in the kitchen, etc. If you take something from its storage place or make any type of mess, please return everything to how you found it. Please be sure to not leave standing water on the bathroom floor.

    Furthermore, please be mindful of your use of electricity, which is quite expensive, and water, which can be scarce here in Sicily.

  • Idiomas

    Idiomas hablados
    Inglés: Fluido
    Español: Fluido
    Italiano: Fluido
    Portugués: Intermedio

    Este anfitrión ofrece intercambio de idiomas
    I'm a forever language-learner and would love to learn more about your language.

  • Alojamiento


    DOGS AND CATS Please Note!!!!
    If you have ANY fears, allergies, or even a dislike of dogs or cats, this is NOT the place for you. Please do not even contact me if you have even the slightest hesitation in sharing a living space with my dogs or cats. There are 2 dogs and 4 cats who live in and outside the house. They're all vaccinated, de-wormed, and treated for parasites in addition to being lovely and perfect <3

    This house is in the countryside of Calatafimi Segesta. You will have your own bedroom. We will share a bathroom, kitchen, and all other living spaces. The house is surrounded by a lovely garden where you can relax outside and enjoy nature.

    We will share meals; I love to cook and try others' cooking.

    You can walk to town for all your needs, but it's pro or you can tag along with me when I go into town for shopping. You can decide how much or how little time you'd like to spend with me. I like socializing, but I also enjoy my own space, so we'll need to set clear boundaries to make sure we can harmoniously cohabitate.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    I'm located in the town of Calatafimi Segesta which is in the Trapani Province, the western-most province in Sicily. I love being outdoors and exploring the treasures nature has to offer. If you want to hang out, I'm happy to explore the natural surroundings nearby with you.

    If you want to explore on your own, by all means! You can take a bus directly from Calatafimi Centro. Here are some things you can do:

    Walking/ Exploring in Nature
    ● Dog shelter where I collaborate (just a 10-minute walk from the house)
    ● Angimbè Forest
    ● Pispisa Mountain
    ● Segesta Hot Springs

    Closest Historical sites
    ● Visit the Eufemio Castle ruins in town (you can walk there!)
    ● The Segesta archaeological park is nearby. With proper planning, I can easily drop you off and pick you up.
    ● Pianto Romano Monument

    ● Castellammare del Golfo is the closest beach to Calatafimi (take a bus in the summer; during the rest of the year, we can try and go together)
    ● Guidaloca (own transportation)
    ● Zingaro Nature Reserve (this is a lovely combo of nature AND beach, but you need your own transportation)
    ● San Vito Lo Capo (own transportation)

    ● Palermo- a bustling metropolis, capital of Sicily, full of culture, history, and life (bus)
    ● Trapani- capital of our province, port city. From here you can (bus)
    ○ Travel to the Egadi Islands: Favignana, Marettimo, and Levanzo (take a bus to Trapani, then a boat to the
    islands in the summer)
    ○ Visit Erice- a medieval city that overlooks the port town (take a bus to Trapani then the cable car to Erice)
    ● Marsala- a beautiful coastal city with a strong Arab influence (own transportation)
    ● Mazara del Vallo- another beautiful coastal city with a strong Arab influence (own transportation)

  • Un poco más de información

    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    Good wifi, quiet location in the countryside, and plenty of space for working on your laptop inside and outside of the house.

  • Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    There's plenty of space to park a campervan or motorhome, and you can use the bathroom in the house. I have no place to dump the toilet tank from the campervan, however.

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?


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    Horas esperadas

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

Número de referencia de anfitrión: 446349585831

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