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Last Updated: August 4, 2017
Are you a huge lover of nature, mountain sports, culture, history, and languages?
This place has been designed for you! A landscape characterised by pure nature (high mountains in the Eastern Alps), glaciers, old castles, palaces and idyllic villages.
I live on the edge of national park just on the Swiss border in the wonderful Drei Länder am Reschenpass, with a beautiful view to upper glaciers. The sunniest valley for miles around: 300 days of sunshine per year. And always the call of the mountain. Clear air, superb views. Pesticides and erbicides are not allowed in the main area of the valley.
My little town (400 people, founded 6000 years ago) lies in the upper valley like a terrace on a steep slope at the foot of the Pass at an elevation of 1.200 m. Many trailheads lead into the breathtaking mountainous and glacial landscape.
The Upper valley is one of the areas with most glaciers on the South Tyrolean side of the Alps. Mighty northly-exposed glaciers are at the end of the valleys, particularly the upper valleys.
The current Reschen Pass was part of the Via Claudia Augusta, opened about 50 AD. The northern side of Reschen Pass has a steep and narrow bottleneck at Finstermünz (1188 m).
Countless churches, chapels and monasteries from the early Middle Ages and Roman times as well as castles and palaces from the Middle Ages.
Surroundings with incredible variety... ?The interaction of the different levels of altitude with its variety of rock and soil types can be found in very different habitats within a small area: Floodplains, Spruce forests, Larch yew forest, Dwarf heath and Alpine grass, Rocks and debris mountain kars, Mountain streams, High mountain lake, Glaciers.
The most common stone in this region are metomorphic stones, particularly mica slate, quarz phyllite, orthostatic gneiss, amphibolite and marble. Wild animals are everywhere, in the front of Haus also.
Steep mountain farmhouses and a unique cultural landscape bear witness to the fact that the locals continued to make a living off this barren ground throughout history.
Situated on the famous Roman imperial road, the „Via Claudia Augusta“, the region around the Reschen Pass has been one of the most important north-south routes over the Alps since time immemorial. So hospitality has developed here over centuries in a completely natural way.
This is an interesting region with such a mixture of languages. Locals talk Vinschger, Deutsch, Rumantsch (raeto-romanisch language), Italian, English (for tourism).
And nearby you will learn the secrets of this special region, with its people so connected to nature and old traditions.
As usual, maximum period 6 months. Better some test of 5 days before to share, so we could get a better view each other and how much we could work together. Once a volunteer coming I live in other space or at job accomodation.
HOW TO HELP
Elderly Care (an old woman in NRW-Germany)
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
P R O J E C T S
I love to share (because of English or Deutsch learning) with foreign people. Especially I am interested to share environmental indoor knowledge with medical doctors, nurses, engineers, carpenters, electricians and architects so they are very welcome at my place.
The help doesn't require the volunteer to be so physically strong but healthy, mind-balanced (common sense), rigour, straight-arrow, proactive, is very essential. At the present renovation it could not meet allergic people to dust/mold or MCS condition.
1. FLAT RENOVATION - ECO PROJECT A
Removing old stuffs, Painting, mounting furniture, cleaning, and not hard works in order to renovate the flat. All products (paint, etc.) are green and no toxic. First the large bedroom needs to renovate. Final goal is a saferoom for environmental injured people. A little experience with machine tools (drilling machine, etc) needed.
I can offer another accomadation (for free) in the village when it's necessary to renovate the actual living space.
2. RECYCLING OLD BOOKS - ECO PROJECT B
This is my last project. Because of previous experience in an international center of documentation, I am starting with a first selection of books donated from local institutions (alternative for books was into garbage). So I will need help to manage practically to retire books, for contacts to donate and building a website.
German and English needed for this area.
3. SELF-FINANCING ECO-PROJECT C
Helping to sell my old things and spare parts from an old motorhome (where I lived 4 years before bought this flat) in order to get money for Eco-project start (see at 1) and latest therapies for my full recovery from EI.
Italian and/or German needed for this area.
4. GARDEN - ECO PROJECT D
Collecting wild herbs and fruits (after training) and managing a town garden. On this area helping needed during Springtime and Summer.
5. CARING OLD ENVIRONMENTAL INJURED PEOPLE - ECO PROJECT E
Here this project will take place once flat renovation will be done, but I offer now another choice in Nord Rhein-Westfalen. Write on private for more details.
I am also interested in practice my spoken English (or German overall) sharing Italian eventually.
Very rarely, it could be requested a share (it will be considered as our sharing time) with local community instead of at my place. Here rules ancient common traditions of mutual assistance in case of needs or sharing.
Come here with :
- Safety shoes (toe steel)
- robust trousers which can become also get dirty while working
- waterproof jacket and mountain clothes
- good soul inside and big heart as default...
Helper doesn't need a driving license at the present.
Basic German is desirable, but a good English needed. I could provide book/media for a better German self-learning.
Please note is NOT sharing time about:
1. cleaning your bedroom, bathroom (your living-space) and final cleaning, before departure is requested.
2. Training on basic local rules.
3. Touristic and sports info (if you request to me)
4. Showing shops, markets, surroundings and service guide eventually if requested.
5. Guided hike/cultural/history (if you request to me). More one time by week it will be time to share.
Italian (C2), English (A2), Deutsch (A1).
The flat is at the 1st floor in a very quiet town (road's end).
I live in a building with other 2 owners. Very nice garden with a grill, around is nature and a beautiful landscape.
There are no pets in the flat and building.
Once a volunteer coming I live at friend's house or at work accomodation.
Cause of my job/logistics helper arrival/departure needs to be Saturday only (exception for Sunday, but rarely for a departure). You can also stay for a short time (minimum 2 weeks) if you already follow a scent-free policy at home.
After a trial period no time limits.
A small bedroom for only one helper, bathroom, entrance and aisle are ready now. The current condition is acceptable for living with some uncomfortable limit at the present (better once renovation runs step by step, es. kitchen).
First the large bedroom needs to renovate.
Internet access. Currently I can give access not for a short time (interner WLAN key) in the weekends and my holidays. For a long stay, more 2 months and full year calendar, I could offer a LAN with Highspeed-Internet by local fiber-optic company. An old notebook could be available.
Cooking and eating together is possible in according with volunteer's desire eventually. I love to cook Italian food, mixing with Indian, local and German cooking. I use organic food as possible.
About Ernährung (Nutrition) I follow a gluten free diet. So like Rotation/Alkaline Diet but I can delay if not well accepted. I am not a pure vegetarian because of sometimes I consume egg/fish/chicken/turkey (only during the winter). But I can switch my habits in Vegan and pure Vegetarian if needed. No problem with meat consumers but I don't eat pork and rabbit.
I am becoming a Indoor Enviromental Advisor, I am sure I could teach you a lot from my experience and studies.
Smokers and pets are not admitted so like scented people. Unscented way of life is necessary to meet my place. Previous volunteers changed indoor habits making better and healthy their lifes now. You can check about "scent free policy" at ccohs.ca (OSHA of Canada).
Preparing before yourself for is very easy. I will pay you for exceed money for safe products if needed.
WHO I AM
I am 50 (m.) . My mother tongue is Italian, but I also speak basic German and mild English. Friendly, Easy going, Creative, Practical, Honest.
Christian but open-minded. I try to live in harmony and respect with all beeings around me. Nature, animals, people, things. I prefer to live a simple life, so for example I am in favour for sustainable consumption. I love to collects herbs for nutrition and pharmacy.
I like walking in the wood, running, climbing (wintertime), swimming, ski touring or ciclying along the Claudia Augusta bike road. I am NOT a smoker.
I spent a big part of my life helping one thousand of people. At risk of life during the Balkans War (Bosnia and Croatia), educational trainer for refugees or supporting EI people.
I work at school as TechLab (Teaching Assistant) or Hausmeister. Rarely as Enviromental Indoor Advisor or fruit/vegetable picker for bio-farmers. Flat renovation needed to start with small indoor Eco-projects.
In the past other volunteers (not from this network) helped me coming from Italy and Germany so if you need more feedbacks or official references (in English, German or Italian) send me a pm. Danke.
"Tristo è quel discepolo che non avanza il Maestro. "
(Leonardo da Vinci)
At this point I want to speak clear avoiding future misunderstandings.
I will not must checking on you and help time on details (but a daily little report from you is requested in order to address priorities and occured problems). Commonly I trust in people so I want NOT to be a policeman! I learnt from Germans to say a thing only one time. I don't love to argue repeating on the same items but, I like to teach people from my experienced life and previous jobs. So, if you will be full responsible (feeling my house as your own) a big team and fun work will come (read the feedback below). On the contrary, time lost each other and (avoidable) stress.
Before your arrival I will spend a lot of time to release a full information (read the feedback below also) by email with added pics and more. Via Voip (or at your EU landline phone, without costs) I will reply to any questions and doubts. Official references will be provided about my experiences with young and old refugees (Bosnia and Africa), nonviolence training, and so on. I will invest first week to train you as needed on house works and rules. Before, once something not good for you during pre-arrival please leave me a final answer at least.
In case of you will take a look for a local job opportunity, I ask to delay that search after the first 30 days of sharing (then I will help you with a lot of info and contacts at the best).