Volunteering in Apuglia

The whole point of Volunteering is that it is a nice exchange between the volunteer and the hosts.

Volunteer work in PugliaThe volunteer works the agreed number of hours. He/she has no or at least fewer costs at home during the period of their stay here and gains a foreign experience that you would otherwise never get as a tourist. While many forms of volunteer work abroad mean that you have to bring, for example, 5,000 euros for the project in the Far East or Africa, you can gain a foreign experience here at very little cost.

The volunteer does not have to provide his/her own meals during that period, they are ready for him/her, 3 times a day and you eat well here.

Required is a copy of your passport, a deposit of 150 euros and a reference as well as proof of your home address.

Summer and autumn 2024:

We are looking for a volunteer from May 23 to July 1 and from September 1 to mid or end of October.

It involves garden work, helping with guest breakfasts, maintaining guest rooms, laundry and ironing and if it is someone who is good with DIY jobs and/or make-overs, that is of course also very welcome. Or the combination of both in a couple.

In the fall we would like to clean and then paint our tiled roof. Could you do this for us? Please let us know!

This is possible from approximately the second half of October. Of course, it shouldn’t be very warm anymore. The outside of the house also needs to be painted and the gutters need to be hung better.

No one has to be able to do everything, we would like to hear what you can and cannot do, but everyone is expected to do their part in the exchange, just like we do here.

Some nice experiences from the past:

Annette, a German lady, has been here no less than 3 times, including once for 2 weeks with a former colleague of hers.

An employee of the municipality of a big city who had many days off and had to use them up. She has a partner with a daughter and fewer days off. So instead of going away for the holidays on her own, she was there for about 1.5 months in the summer and we had a great time working together. She also could make some money renting out her house, seen that he has his own house.

Also a few times people (sometimes alone and sometimes together, but of course both have to help) who want to start a B&B or are considering moving to Italy and want to experience how this works, what you have to pay attention to and what you encounter having a B&B or living abroad.

Today someone leaves whose brother has been here several times as a volunteer in the past. Only last year did we meet each other, together with his mother and son, when they were here as guests. He was able to renovate a large part of the garden and also did some technical jobs. He has to go back to work for his employer, so this afternoon he will leave for the Netherlands again. Shame! We hope he comes back.

If you also want such a wonderful experience in Puglia in the countryside, we invite you to respond and indicate when and for how long you are available and what you can help with and of course also a little more about yourself. As mentioned above: a deposit of 150 euros, copy of your ID, reference and proof of your home address.

Learning to improve your Italian is of course also a good reason to come here as a volunteer.

A few years ago we had a good handyman who would work shorter hours during the last 2 weeks of his stay because he had already saved up many hours and then pay some extra as compensation for working fewer hours. He would take more holidays with his girlfriend during the last 2 weeks. that would come then. His girlfriend received a friend award, she really came for a holiday. The end of the story was that he just continued doing odd jobs and his girlfriend said that she was used to that from him and she sat on the veranda with a book and we went shopping together, cooked together and went shopping without him. He hated shopping…

Summer 2023 a very pleasant experience with a young woman on a long summer holiday. We moved mountains together, took care of the guests and did a complete reorganization. Yet she had a few hours to herself every afternoon to sunbathe and relax and she also did a course for her job.

Today someone leaves whose brother has been here several times as a volunteer in the past. Only last year did we meet each other, together with his mother and son, when they were here as guests. He was able to renovate a large part of the garden and also did some technical jobs. He has to go back to work for his employer, so this afternoon he will leave for the Netherlands again. Shame! We hope he comes back.

If you also want such a wonderful experience in Puglia in the countryside, we invite you to respond and indicate when and for how long you are available and what you can help with and of course also a little more about yourself. As mentioned above: a deposit of 150 euros, copy of your ID, reference and proof of your home address.

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