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All Year: seasonal
Area (ha): 10
Persons: 1-15
Category: Other
Host ID: 3802
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: July 25, 2015

Update.... Fully booked until the month of September. EXPERIENCED HANDYMEN NEEDED.

We offer "Working Guests" cost-free limited stays of 4 to 6 weeks. For 20 hours of work per week over five days and two days of to enjoy in our beautiful surroundings.

We are an international seminar center, providing infrastructure and catering services throughout the year to the groups, families and individuals who mainly come for the training of the integral meaning and personal growth (but we also try and organize classes amongst ourselves with the working guests in the evenings) . Our Seminar House is run by a small international team, and volunteers play a significant role at our place, helping to maintain and improve the infrastructure and the services and to take care of our grounds (10 hectars of land). The language of communication onsite is English, the environment is multicultural.

Some basic information about us is as follows.

We are located near the most romantic Lake in Italy, Orta (Lago d‘Orta, Pettenasco, 100km from Milan, 50 km from Locarno, Switzerland) with the breathtaking lake views, mountains, gardens and gorgeous chestnut trees, bamboo, palms.

The core of our program is the exchange when both the place and the volunteers are willing to give and take. Monthly we host from 10 to 20 volunteers. The volunteers work under the supervision if its required and in a team with other volunteers.

The types of work where the volunteers are involved: i) general heart - full help and ii) professional projects. You are very welcome to offer smth that you do professionally. There is always a space to facilitate your professional enthusiasm.


outdoor cleaning, kitchen help (simple, but important work to wash, peel and cut the fruits, veggies), dishwashing, cleaning the rooms, bathrooms. These activities require from our working guests a good amount of real care, respecting the work ethic of the place, mental and physical presence at work, efficiency. In a high season the workflow is very intensive.


We accept the applications from people willing to do special projects with us in Permaculture, Construction, Maintenance, Plumbing, Sewing, Art, Marketing, Alternative Medicine, Hand Craft, Music, Decoration, Gardening, Kitchen help.

Professional help means that you have successful working experience in the field or an outstanding talent. Please, be fair with yourself and us when you are offering your professional skills:).

We will be pleased to host you at our beautiful place!

We are happy to have people who enjoy and appreciate both in life, taking and giving!

Languages spoken

Italian, English, German, Swiss German, Russian, French, Latvian

Typical Italian countryside house. You will share a room/toilets/showers/ kitchen with other volunteers. We expect 5 working days, 5 to 6 hours a day of commitment. We offer 2 days off per week and free board (3 meals a day, cakes every evening:)
What else ...
We provide rich healthy vegetarian meals only (including cheese, milk and eggs). Most of the ingredients are bio

Free Internet WLAN /WiFi, bring your one notebook
you must be at least 22 years old

non- smoker (PREFERABLY)

Need help: February 10, 2015 to November 25, 2015

In your free time you can venture into the mountains and explore the many hiking trails and water falls in the area or take the local train to some of the bigger towns and cities for shopping and site seeing.

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