Berry Farm Val di Sole

We live inside the Stelvio National Park, the larger in Italy, if you like mountain and wilderness here is your place!
Here in your free time you will enjoy the mountain sports as trekking, hiking, rafting, horse riding, biking, e-biking, mountain running, and, in winter, skiing and snowboarding in our 150 km of ski slopes!

We are a family of 5, Joy, Giuliano and 3 kids . If you are a easy going person you will be part of our family as soon as you arrive! We speak English fluently, Spanish and little German, and we are ready to teach you Italian! We eat most vegetables with little meat and fish, we cannot provide vegan food. Joy is a professional chef, in winter time she is working in a restaurant. Giuliano, beside a farmer, is a professional photographer and videomaker since 1980! Raccomandation: If you don't know how to adjust to other culture please don't apply, for this reason we prefer volunteers older than 23 y.o. When you travel as a volunteer, you should have the spirit to help, so please do not pretend to find everything perfect, when there is something to fix, you should help to fix, not just complaining like you were a tourist. Italy is a wonderful country, but from the south to the north the weather is very different, sometimes in the Alps is raining and in Venice or Lago di Garda or Florence it's sunny. For this reason, when here is raining and you see on the social media people sunbathing just 300 km from us and you want to move there, just inform us and feel free to go without using an alibi against us to be fair.


Reviews

4.5
(34 reviews)34

Staff & Host

4.5

Hours & Tasks

4.0

Hostel

4.5

Learning & Fun

4.5

Portugal

5

This was my 7th volunteering experience and the one I felt the saddest to leave. Giuliano and Joy are very kind, generous and fun people. I had a great time with them, listening to their life stories and experiences. Joy’s food is amazing and comes in big sizes. The work is easy and interesting, and the place around is just breathtaking, perfect for those who love hiking. I ate a lot, slept a lot, hiked a lot, laughed a lot and was just comfortable the whole time. They made me feel like home and I leave with my heart full and the wish to come back one day. Grazie mille!!! ❤️

14 days ago

Switzerland

2

I was supposed to stay 3.5 weeks, ended up leaving after 3 days. A bunch of things that made my experience very poor were circumstantial, but i believe Giuliano could’ve made more efforts to make it bearable.My room,shower room were filthy upon arrival, i had to clean them myself if i wanted the bare minimum of hygiene. Also the shower is held up by 4 strings and tape.I felt like i was expected to cook and clean and no one helped or ever said thank you. I think if you’re with other volunteers, and it’s summertime/warmer and his wife is there, it would be absolutely fine and even fun.

about 2 months ago


Giuliano replied

For Emily's 3 days of stay was appreciated as she helped a little bit of cooking . No farm help available because its winter still, Berry Farm is close!!! As the first day she arrived, as a volunteer she didn't washed her plate after eating. Since the farm is closed the part of help is house help. Then I Giuliano, alone with three kids and my wife work away, I didn't have enough time to do perfect cleaning. Here as a host I needed a volunteer not a tourist to be served! The dirt that she's speaking was the dust in the room where she stayed, because it was not occupied for the winter! But she could help it clean as a volunteer not to criticize like a tourist! The problem in the shower was the curtain and not the shower....the curtain was destroyed by previous volunteers and we will fix it ...As a volunteer you must be happy to help without expecting too much appreciation! Traveling more will open your mind and heart to understand different cultures and situations in life...

Brazil

5

You can find incredible mountainous landscapes in this place!
It's an ideal spot for enthusiasts of hiking.
The job activities vary based on the season and weather conditions, yet the working hours were honored.

It's the ALPS, which means temperatures can be very very very low - so be prepared for cold!!

Giuliano and Joy are friendly and treated us like family. Joy’s cooking is amazing!! It was a very nice and memorable experience! :)

6 months ago

Brazil

5

Cogolo is a beautiful place, the mountains and nature are amazing. It's the perfect place for those who like hiking. The tasks vary according to the season/weather but the working hours were always respected. Giuliano and Joy are very nice and hard-working people. Joy is an amazing cook and made us feel very welcome. It's important to remember that it's the Italian ALPS and it can get very cold - the volunteers sleep in a caravan camper which for many is OK but for others can be a bit harsh even though we had a lot of blankets and a small heater. If you don't mind the cold go for it!!

6 months ago

Spain

5

Since the first day I arrived, everyone was kind, and I was treated like family all the way through. Guilliano is an incredible guide, he knows everything there is to see and do in Trentino, and Joys cooking is better than any restaurant you can find. The work was great, picking vegetables and berries close to nature was refreshing. If you love hiking, nature, or just good people, there is no better place to go

7 months ago


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