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Host ID: 86574
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: March 5, 2020

Hello, I am Arrigo Speziali!!!!

Update: I'll need one or two people (preferably with experience) to do some intensive housecleaning, gardening/landscaping in Baiardo.

In a globalized world that is constantly becoming more and more technological, often at the cost of social solidarity and history, I feel that the medieval village of Bajardo has potential to restore a balance and to reach out to a new generation of innovators and change-makers such as students, artists and writers.

I am a humanist and an environmentalist at heart, inspired by history, the arts, beauty, multiculturalism and TED Talks who wants to generate and create projects with like-minded people. My objective is to connect people interested in making Bajardo a place for international creative thinkers who can inspire social and environmental projects.

In 1994, I founded the linguistic cultural association ACLE, which has linked thousands of English teachers and students together in Italy and around the world. I speak Italian, English, as well as some Spanish, French and German.

I am now living in Bajardo (900m above sea level), which is a captivating hillside village (population of 300 inhabitants) in the north west of Italy overlooking the sea and the French Alps. It is accessible by bus from Sanremo which also has a train station connecting the town to Nice Airport (France), which is 60 km away.

If you want to be a change-maker, enjoy beautiful mountain landscapes, fantastic hikes and an authentic unspoiled medieval village, Bajardo is for you!! Bajardo is perfect for people who want to get away from busy city-life in search of peace of mind in a place that is ideal for yoga, creating, writing, biking and retreats.

We provide housing and food and an excellent view for your breakfast! Your accommodation would be in a simple medieval terraced house renovated to meet basic modern demands, with a gas cooker and hot shower. Although the houses themselves do not have Wi-Fi, the signal is good in the welcoming restaurants and cafés in the village. Basic food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) is provided for your convenience.

Work for 5 hours a day, 5 days a week and the rest of the time is yours!
We make sure that helpers are treated as part of the family, and that their work has a lasting legacy.

We accept helpers for a minimum of two weeks. They must be capable of working independently as well as in a team. Successful helpers may be asked to stay for longer periods.

Additional projects include: promoting the village and area on social media, restoring hiking trails, odd jobs and maintenance.

If you have any unique skills we would be happy to hear from you!

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