Casa Ambientale | Zonca Ecovillage | Italy

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The Exchange

A wide variety of work is available for enthusiastic volunteers who will be housed in a beautiful old house that is still being renovated. Activities range from construction to gardening and literally everything in between. The Casa Ambientale is owned by Steffano Widmer and he is a generous host. Food is plentiful and excellent and there is plenty of free time to enjoy activities in and around the village including hiking, swimming and pizza.


25 hours of help per week

Handyman: Help with a wide range of repairs or building.

Gardening: Help grow plants and cultivate gardens

What you get

1 day off per week

Private Room: You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.

Shared Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.

Breakfast: You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.

Lunch: You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.

Dinner: You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

Free Events: Get free entrance for the best events in town.

Pick Up: We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.

Use our equipped kitchen: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.


Beginner German or Beginner English

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

We are looking for about volunteers who can work independently as well as with their hosts.

Accommodation is basic but comfortable and you are welcome to change your rooms if you prefer. There are two bathrooms and toilets inside the house as well as a compost toilet and a solar shower outside.

The program does not include day trips however you will certainly be invited anytime we go and will be welcome to join dinners, make music in our music room in the evenings and participate in any other recreational activities.

Activities & Shift

We expect a minimum of 3-4 hours work each day. Work takes place at a leisurely pace with plenty of breaks, lunch and dinner. In some instances work may involve getting up early or working after dinner if it is too hot in the daytime. You are also welcome to put in more hours, depending on how you feel. You will have a couple of days to acclimatise first.


Feel free to read the guidelines on our website These guidelines provide information on what items you need to bring as well as about health and safety, what you can expect of us in terms of support and company etc.

Please make sure you have adequate insurance because we are up in the mountains and in an abandoned village. You are not required to do any dangerous work, however, accidents happen.