Help us with childcare and garden, and learn about cooking near Varzi, Italy



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    Hi everybody, we are a young family of three: Elisa (31), Riccardo (36) and Alma (1 and a half). There are also Ciarlina and Ciarla, the two cats. We live in the highlands of Oltrepò Pavese, near Varzi, on the the Way of Salt to Liguria.
    In the last three years we were engaged in building our strawbales house, growing vegetables and fruits, and making a small production of wine and jams.
    Now we have to finish the house building a green-house and we have to complete the laboratory for the fruits transformation. From these year we want also start thinking for a plant nursery and the production of berries.
    Elisa does smart-working as editor for a children publishing house and she is involved in a project of outdoor education for children "Boscovillaggio", with other families of the valley.
    Riccardo now is engaged at 100% in the construction of the house but he is a good guitar player!
    Alma is busy all the day exploring the world around...

    We get the water from a spring on our farm. This spring is not so plenty, so it's very very important to use water knowingly!
    We are vegetarian (occasionally Elisa eat fish).
    Of course, we offer 3 meals a day!

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs
    Entretien général
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Aide à la maison
    Pratique d’une langue

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    The highlands we live in is very beautiful, rich of forests and paths to explore. In the summer we can go to have a bath in the fresh river Trebbia near by. Instead, if you want to visit cities, Milan and Genoa are quite simple to reach.
    Riccardo can offer guitar and music lessons, and he can teach how to make bread with with natural yeast. He's trying to apply biointensive method in our garden.
    We try to follow macrobiotic principles in cooking, so we can share our knowledge about it.
    We are studying about alternative ways of growing up foods, and also of growing up children! so... we have a quite equipped bookcase on these topics.

  • Projets impliquant des enfants

    Projets impliquant des enfants

    Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.

  • Aide


    We need:
    - babysitting: mature, responsible and joyful people who love babies, who can play and share the time with Alma while Elisa and Riccardo are working,
    - help in the garden (preparing the beds, sawing, controlling the weeds, harvesting...)
    - help in the daily house works (cleaning, tidying up, cooking...),
    - help in building the green-house and the laboratory

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Italien: Courant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    I can teach Italian, I'm intrested in learning English and Spanish

  • Hébergement


    At the moment we can host in hour sitting-room. We have prepared an essential but comfortable bedroom for guests.
    We have also the possibility to host in a tent in our garden.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    We are a part of a small web of "alternative people" in the valley. We love to see each other for dinners, for playng music, for a movies, or for cooking something to save (ravioli, pizza, biscotti). We have friends who can teach you yoga, how to make baskets, sewing, ceramics and so on...

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    We have a free wi-fi network but with two kids we can't ensure the silence : )

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    You can park your car beside the main street, or you can park it in the farm if it's four wheel. We haven't got space for camper and caravan, but you can find it in four km.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Échange culturel: (5.0)

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