Help required at stunning Sicilian agriturismo from March to Oct 2021 (Rural Tourism and Farm Stay)

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Help required at stunning Sicilian agriturismo from March to Oct 2021 (Rural Tourism and Farm Stay)

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  • DescriptionOverview:

    Help wanted at stunning Sicilian agriturismo. We run a small, picturesque agriturismo in the beautiful Platani valley - 20 mins north of Agrigento and the famous valley of the Temples. We are looking for a friendly, honest and hardworking couple to help us from March until October 2021.

    Work will include: meeting, greeting and hosting guests; cleaning; kitchen help and food preparation; and occasional work on the farm.

    We need two people (a couple) who:
    - are native or fluent in English (to communicate with guests)
    - speak Italian to a sufficient level (to communicate with us)
    - are cheery and like meeting people
    - are reliable and not afraid of hard work (especially during the summer months).

    Hospitality and catering experience would be an advantage.

    Like all Helpstay stays this position is unpaid (voluntary), however, we will provide you with your own en-suite bedroom and all meals. During your time-off you will have an opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside or simply relax by our pool. And true to Sicilian tradition we will welcome you into our family!

    Help required:

    Feudo Muxarello is a lively place, but also a happy place. There is always work to do (especially during the busier tourist season), but everyone works with a smile and we always make time to talk, laugh and and enjoy meals together (welcoming both staff and guests into our family).

    For this reason we are looking for a couple who are: friendly (sociable people who like meeting people); hardworking (people who are happy to help when it is busy); and honest (people we can entrust to run the agriturismo when we are busy on the farm). Most importantly, we need a couple who speak English fluently, and who also speak Italian to a sufficient level (because we speak little English and will find it difficult to communicate otherwise). If you have hospitality or catering experience this will be a bonus!

    Although no two days are ever the same, and we will try and match you to tasks that suit your experience and preferences and make sure you have time to relax/sightsee, generally we will need help with the following tasks:

    - running the breakfast buffet
    - cleaning the rooms; kitchen and dining room
    - food preparation/cooking
    - greeting and checking-in guests
    - waitressing and hosting communal dinners
    - grounds and garden maintenance
    - occasional farm help
    - (if you want) teaching us English

    A flexible, happy approach is therefore appreciated!
  • LocationItaly, Sicilia, Provincia di Agrigento

  • Work
  • Type of work Cooking / Shopping
    Farmstay
    General maintenance
    Help in the house
    Helping with tourists
    Language practice
  • Hours per day An average of 6 hours a day. There is no "scheduled" day off as it depends on when guests arrive . Some days are busy, others quiet, and on some days there will be no-one at all. Even on busy days you will always be given time off to rest and/or sightsee.
  • Work requirements: As above. We need someone who:

    - is native or fluent in English (to help us communicate with our guests)
    - speaks Italian to a sufficient level (as we don't speak English).
    - is cheery and likes meeting people
    - is reliable and not afraid of hard work, (especially during the busier summer months).
    - Hospitality and catering experience is a bonus.
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Send a message to inquire.
  • Duration of stay: March to October 2021 (ideally) or April to September 2021 (minimum 6 month stay)
  • Maximum number of helpers: 2
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:Italian
  • Has pets? There are dogs on our farm. There are also horses, goats, chickens and pigs on our farm but these are far from the agriturismo itself.
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: We will provide you with one of our beautiful en-suite rooms. It has air-conditioning/heating, a TV and fridge. All meals are included during your stay. Food is an important element in Sicilian culture as are mealtimes, which are shared all together. A lot of food prepared in our kitchen is sourced directly from our farm including our own delicious olive oil, wine and tomato "sugo". Linen/Towels are included and we have a washing machine where you can wash your clothes.
  • Additional info
  • Getting to us:

    Having your own car is the easiest way to reach us, and also enables you to sightsee more easily. However, it is possible to easily get to us by public transport from both Palermo and Catania International Airports.

    From Palermo airport you can take the train to Aragona Caldare train-station (via Palermo Centrale). From here we will pick you up. Alternatively, if you fly to Catania Airport you can take the bus to Agrigento Centrale Bus station and we will pick you up from here.

    Time off:

    There is a swimming pool on our grounds and you can walk in the beautiful countryside. Valley of the Temples/Agrigento are a 20 minute drive away and there are lots of beautiful beaches and hilltop towns within an hours drive.

    Visas/Passports:

    Valid tourist visa/permits are the responsibility of the helper and we cannot assist you with this. We will therefore only accept couples who have European Passports, or a visa that gives the applicant the right to legally reside in Italy for the 6 month minimum stay we require.

    Interested in Applying?:

    If you are interested in this position please can you send us an email to feudomuxarello@outlook.com and tell us why you are interested and how you meet the criteria we are looking for. This e-mail MUST be in Italian (as we speak limited English and we are looking for someone who understands, speaks, writes and reads Italian). Moreover, although this position is unpaid this year, if we are happy working together, this could lead to a permanent paid opportunity for the right couple.