La Casa Celeste B&B

La Casa Celeste is a reputable B&B with guests visiting from all over the world. Volunteers will get to interact with our guests, make friends, and even network for other opportunities in other parts of the world. We get many business owners, some of whom I have already been able to trade a stay at the B&B for their services, such as professional photography, custom embroidering of my logo on guest items, business cards and keychains, and much more. I've also had many guests invite me to stay with them at their home should I happen to visit their country. Plus, there is the hands-on experience of working in the hospitality industry that will empower volunteers with skills needed for paying jobs in hotels, restaurants and resorts. The best part of volunteering at La Casa Celeste is that you get to stay in Italy in the beautiful Piedmont region, only a short train-ride away from some of the best wineries in the world, along with cities known the world over for their food, cheeses, truffles, attractions and rich history.

I am an American expat. I moved to Italy in 2019 and my dream of owning a B&B was realized. I left corporate America because of the poor work/life balance, the stress, and lack of any reasonable job security. I was also unhappy with the lifestyle. Operating my B&B is so much more enjoyable, and I absolutely love living the Italian lifestyle, la dolce vita. I am very friendly, quiet at times, caring and compassionate, hard-working, neat and tidy, and have bursts of creativity. I love movies and music, decorating, gardening and cooking. I have a 29 year old son who is a mechanical engineer and living in Puerto Rico, so I do have a mothering tendency but in a good way. I volunteered for several years in my 30s at a clinic for the blind and visually impaired, so I know how to be of service. Volunteers can expect to be treated kindly, fairly, compassionately, and generously. I am also a big believer in saying please and thank you, and express and show my gratitude often. Volunteers will have privacy and their own "space." Volunteers will also have flexible routines, and I do not micro-manage. I trust volunteers to learn the work and then manage their own schedules.

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This host receives a lot of worldpackers and has a high average rating.

Reviews

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Staff & Host

5.0

Hours & Tasks

5.0

Hostel

5.0

Learning & Fun

5.0

Brazil

5

My experience at La Casa Celeste was excellent, Arlene is a very dear person and the tasks are not difficult, I only have compliments for both Arlene and La Casa Celeste, I hope to return in the future. And thank you very much for everything.

Jun/12/2020


Arlene replied

Thank you for a lovely review, Gui! I am so lucky you found La Casa Celeste and came to help me. Also, thank you for extending your stay when my other volunteers had to cancel. I would be lost without you. You have done such a beautiful job with everything: painting, cleaning, gardening, and helping me with guests. I wish you all the best in your future and you are most welcome to come back to La Casa Celeste. Thank you for everything... you are TOP!

Mexico

5

My experience in La Casa Celeste was totally amazing!!!! I feel like the luckiest traveler fo being able to be in such incredibly place. Arlene is an astonishing person, she took a lot of care of me during all the time I was there. She is an excellente cooker (her pizza is the BEST) and boss. I learnt so much from her and I really admire her. The tasks were not difficult and I always have a lot of time and pool for myself. She helped a lot with everything I needed and we had so much fun.
I highly recommend this place!! I would love to come back in the future! :)

May/25/2020


Arlene replied

Patty, I am so happy I met you and had the opportunity to host you at La Casa Celeste!!! You are a beautiful person, intelligent, kind, hard-working, and an absolute joy to be around. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and helping me with our Italian guests. And also, for teaching me to speak better Italian ;) You have a great future ahead of you, and I know you will do wonderful things in life! Best wishes to you, and please keep in touch! You are always welcome back here for a visit. I hope to see you again :D

Argentina

5

I had the best time at La Casa Celeste. Arlene is a wonderful host. She cooks amazing and always gets sure that you have everything you need. I felt like if I was home. I had my own room, bathroom and kitchen. The tasks are easy and Arlene is always there to help or to answer your questions about them. And the B&B is an amazing and beautiful place, very calm and peaceful. The sorroundings are great for walking in the nature and exploring some cute Piamonte towns and, of course, Asti! This was my first experience as a volunteer and I couldn’t have asked for a better one. I totally recommend it!

Mar/05/2020


Arlene replied

Agustin, thank you for the beautiful review! I so enjoyed having you here at La Casa Celeste. All I can say is, "wow!" You did such an amazing job with painting Mondovi and Asti Suites, I can't believe you never painted before. And, your attention to detail when turning over guest rooms is absolutely terrific. Thank you so much for all of your hard work. You are one of the kindest people I have ever met. I'm so happy that you had a great time here in Asti and Piemonte. I wish you all the best... your future is very bright. You will be missed. Enjoy your travels and please keep in touch :)

France

5

This wasn't my first volunteer experience, but I can say that Arlene was one of the best hosts I have come across so far! She is very kind, caring and well-organized. She counts on you to be self-reliant as she is often busy in her own part of the house, so once you know your way around, it is up to you to carry out the work properly! The schedule was flexible and I had my own room. The B&B is in a peaceful place not far from Asti , I had plenty of free time to explore the surroundings, and I got to interact with the guests and see how the establishment was run. All in all, a great experience!

Jan/16/2020

Brazil

5

This was my first worldpackers experience and I couldn't have asked for a better one! Arlene was kind enough to have my pick up arranged at the station and dropped me off! During the stay the tasks were simple, the schedule was flexible. She was available for support or to clear any doubts. She cooked delicious food and was a pleasure to be around. If you want some peace and quiet, this is the perfect choice for you. The view from the B&B is breathtaking! Lovely place, private room and bathroom, great host, doable tasks and amazing experience!

Dec/27/2019


Arlene replied

Thais, you knocked it out of the park!!! Hard to believe this was your first experience. You did everything so beautifully, thoughtfully, and left absolutely no loose ends anywhere or in anything you did. The B&B is shiny, fresh and clean after you gave it your special attention. A thousand thank you's for all of your help. And, those fabulous breakfasts you prepared are greatly missed. La Casa Celeste misses your bright and gentle spirit, and most of all, your smiling face. Buon viaggio! Take care, enjoy your travels, and never hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything I can help you with. I'm always here for you. Muah!


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