Re-vive and co-create our off-grid Community on Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

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  • Description


    Ciao! We are an open-minded German-Italian family: Tine (mom), Elisa (daughter), Luca (son) and Rufus (dog). We have a 3ha land on the south slope of mount Etna- Europe's highest active vulcano- out of which we are creating an off-grid community space in a self-sufficient manner. Our place is called Time ago it was a vibrant, colourful space in which my parents brought people together for concerts, donkey tours around the Etna. The last 20 years we lived in Germany and now we moved back to work full-time with our hands and heart on the project.

    The place has a high-spirited energy, 1400 m above sea level with a beautiful view on the ocean, the city of Catania that glitters at night and an incredible view to the craters of the vulcano, that you don't have anywhere else on the island. A romantic mountain hut and bungalows, mediterranian plants, animals (we have a huge diversity of butterflies. all colors!) , black and red lava stones.

    It is a safe and calm space in nature and for those suffering from the heat: one of the coolest places of Sicily, due to the height and shade of the pine trees. Our vision for the future is to have a multicultural, community space where we grow our own food and host workshops, concerts and other conscious, nature-centered events.

    We are exited to get to know you!

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Pratique d’une langue
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide dans une ferme
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Sicily is full of treasures, history, culture, people, nature and food. We can share with you our knowledge about Mamma Etna, the sicilian cuisine and as we were growing up with both- the Sicilian and German mentality.

    We are happy to give you local tips and recommendations which places visit, which beaches to go and what to eat in Sicily. Together with us we will have minimum traditonal Sicilian meal per day.

    We have lots of space for activities of your choice. In your freetime you can relax or read in the hammocks, slackline or go for hike. There are plenty of hiking paths and a beautiful excursion area close by. (For a multiple day hike there are also huts in which you can stay the night for free).

    On our terrain we also have , a cave, or better: a lava tunnel from 1983 that you can visit.

    We are located directly on the south slope mount Etna on 1400m, 10 km away from the cable car station
    (Funivia dell'Etna Sud) that will take you to the craters of the vulcano. From there you can even get as close as you have never been on an active vulcano.

    If you like sports and heights we have two parks: a climbing park and a high rope forest adventure park a few minutes driving away. You can also lend mountain bikes at Refugio Manfrè close by.

    The closest village Nicolosi, also called "Porta del Etna" (the door to the Etna) is a lively, vibrant village at the foot of the volcano (12 minutes away by car) that attracts many tourists (Italian and international) all year round. In summer there is a full program, offering many events, concerts, open air cinema and fashion shows. Many good restaurants, bars and an active nightlife. A must try in Sicily is pistacchio ice cream, cannoli, arancini.. and the list goes on for many more culinary delicacies.

  • Aide


    Do you love nature and want to support us on the daily tasks like feeding the chicken, cooking family meals, washing the dishes and gardening? Ideally you bring some knowledge and previous experience in construction and/or carpentry. We are looking for creative brains, out-of the-box-thinkers and practical hands that help us build with wood, building a compost toilet, outdoor beets, a pavilion, tables and furniture from recycled material, a chickenhouse, herb spiral etc.

    Also knowledge in permaculture is highly appreciated as from this year on we are planning to grow our our veggies and herbs.

    You should also like to interact with people, as we often have guests and host big dinners with family and friends.

    In a nutshell, if you have an open-mind, are easy going, communicative, would like to get your hands dirty, don't expect too much luxury and want to experience alternative living on our vulcano to help us co-create our self-sufficient community and bring your ideas in, whilst learning about Sicilian and German culture we are a match. :-)

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Allemand: Courant
    Anglais: Courant
    Italien: Courant
    Français: Intermédiaire
    Hollandais: Intermédiaire
    Portugais: Débutant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    Interested in learning French and Portugiese. We can help you learn Italian and German, in the past we played games like memory, "Kücken suchen" etc. with our previous workawayers as a fun language learning session.

  • Hébergement


    Our place is simple but beautiful. We have outdoor toilets and showers. Our fridge is a lava cave. To sleep we have plenty of space in the shade and provide you with a tend with awning and bedding. You can of course also come with your self-sufficient camper van. Sleeping in the house, or in one of the three bungalows is also an option. You are immersed in the natural reserve " Parco dell' Etna" and will sleep under an incredible shining night sky and the purest air, you will also hear a lot of unique animal sounds, birds singing, crickets chirping etc.

    We have limited wifi (70 GB), there is phone- and 4G internet connection (Italian SIM cards are very cheap, you get 100 GB for 10 Euros per month). So far we bring our drinking water- which is melted ice from the top of the mountain- from a fountain from the closest Nicolosi, but we have a big water reservoir that provides water for showering and washing plates.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Many cool places are reachable within short driving distance. There is public transport from Nicolosi to the Etna. Nice if you have a car, otherwise -no problem, we can also pick you up and if available also organise you a bike. Biking is very popular and a great training with stunning views to the Catania and the Sea.
    We have plenty of space for Campervans.

    We are looking forward to meet you and and have a wonderful time togehter :-)

    Sunny greatings from our island,

    Tine, Elisa, Luca & Rufus

  • 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

    Cet hôte a indiqué qu’il aimait accueillir les digital nomads.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Any size is welcome, we have plenty of space

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Our fluffly friend is called Rufus. He is 3y old and is friendly to all humans and mostly to all other dogs. Feel free to bring him a friend.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

  • ...

    Nombre d'heures attendues

    3-5h a day, 5 days a week

N° de référence hôte : 484153383394

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