Location
  • Italy
    • Tuscania
Length
12 weeks
Industry
Agriculture Conservation and Preservation Ecology

Program Details

Timeframe
Fall Spring Summer
Housing
Apartment
Language
Italian
Weekly Hours
45
Age Min.
18
Age Max
35
Qualifications
  • Interns range in age and life experience, but must be between 18 and 35 years old during their session.
  • Must be able to perform demanding physical labor daily.
  • Must be able to complete the entire internship session.
  • For the health and safety of all of our interns, staff, residents and guests, at this time interns must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate.

Pricing

Starting Price
1500
Price Details
There is a one-time program fee of $1500 (€1000 for EU residents) to participate in Spannocchia’s Farm Internship Program. Friends of Spannocchia will provide interns with access to an online system to fundraise for this fee, if desired. Interns must also become members of WWOOF Italia (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), which costs €35 for the year.

The internship program fee covers just 1/3 of the cost to run the program each year. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Friends of Spannocchia is grateful for generous support from private foundations, our loyal community of individual donors, and the Tenuta di Spannocchia, without which this program would not be possible.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Some Meals Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Some transportation to nearby Rosia and Siena is included.

What's Not Included
Airfare Airport Transfers SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Oct 27, 2021
Nov 09, 2019
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About Program

For over 25 years, Spannocchia’s farm internship program has been dedicated to enriching lives by providing participants with a unique educational experience on a community-oriented organic farm in Tuscany, Italy. Through involvement in the daily operations of Spannocchia as well as additional enrichment activities, interns learn about regenerative farming and animal care, conservation, maintenance and restoration, Italian language, and local cultural history. After a hiatus due to COVID-19, we are extremely excited to be relaunching the program with three 3-month-long internship sessions in 2022 (spring, summer, and fall). Interns come from all over the world, and many go on to have fulfilling careers in sustainable farming, food, or environmental fields.

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Program Highlights

  • The program is based on a 45-50 hour week. Approximately 35 hours are dedicated to hands-on work and 10-15 hours are spent on the educational component of the program, including classes, group activities, and field trips.
  • Farm work can be extremely rewarding, as there are opportunities to learn new skills and interact closely with Italian workers, who can provide a wealth of knowledge about Tuscan farming techniques and cultural traditions.
  • Interns live on-site in Casa Pulcinelli, a large farmhouse with double-occupancy rooms, and they share meals together, work together, and often spend free time together.
  • Spannocchia values community. Farm-to-table dinners are eaten in the main Villa, with various residents and guests.
  • Beyond the internship, we offer alumni networking opportunities to help build both personal and professional connections.

Program Reviews

9.25 Rating
based on 4 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 75%
  • 7-8 rating 25%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
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  • Growth 8
  • Support 8.8
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 8.3
  • Safety 9.3
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Zachary
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a Lifetime

Working at Spannocchia was an incredible experience. First and foremost, the community there is extraordinarily unique, including some of the warmest people I’ve ever met. The Spannocchi have many friends in the area too, outside the farm. Connecting with them allowed me to more fully experience and enjoy Italy. At Spannocchia, the way of life is healthy and fulfilling. The work can be arduous, but it’s usually stimulating and very worth learning. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and vast. They are worth exploring thoroughly. I ate very well at Spannocchia. Many of the meals are prepared by top-notch chefs, and the ingredients are fresh and healthy. I spent much of my time there trying to learn Italian. Since everyone was so friendly and willing to indulge me in this project, I learned a great deal.

12 people found this review helpful.
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Chiara
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spannocchia Internship Review

The Spannocchia internship is much more than just working on a farm - it is also about community building, teamwork, exposure to Italian culture and traditions, and much more. The day to day schedule provides time for personal reflection and goal setting. I foraged friendships that will last a lifetime. The work is hard but very rewarding. However, it is not an internship for everyone. You have to be able to live in a small tight community, where everyone knows each others' business, as well as work long days. There is lots to learn but there is also plenty of "play" - field trips, food tastings, group meals at local restaurants, etc. My time at Spannocchia was eye opening and life changing and if I could do it again I 100 percent would. It was a dream to live in Tuscany and it was such an amazing opportunity.

What would you improve about this program?
If I could improve one thing I would want there to be more Italian Lessons. The lessons we had where only once a week so it was very hard to really learn and engage because of that. If they where at least twice a week that would help with learning as well as having some consistency.
13 people found this review helpful.
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Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

We shared in what was most important

With a background in outdoor labor, sustainable agriculture, and foreign language literature and pedagogy--Spannocchia seemed built for me. And I knew this going into the program. But what surprised me, was that my fellow interns were not cookie-cutter Annas. We came from all over the globe, with different religion, political, and educational upbringings, and had very distinct interests and thus varied reasons for being at Spannocchia for those blissful three fall months in 2017. Some were there to escape, others to explore; a few to labor, a few to luxuriate; some of my new friends used this internship to change their course, others to move forward in a current one. But it worked. Why? We shared in something that was most important: we wanted to learn, we wanted to experience, we wanted to know the what, the why, and the how.

I've revisited, simultaneously rekindling old friendships and discovering that the internship has evolved. But such always happens; even 1000 year Spannocchia must adapt, grow, and progress. This said, the Internship continues to be a top notch program, with top notch participants, and top notch programmers. I was blessed to take part.

Spannocchia inspires. Spannocchia teaches. Spannocchia creates. I highly recommend this experience.

What would you improve about this program?
I hear now, that modern safety standards have kept interns from partaking in several of the activities that my cohort experienced. I feel sorry that future generations will no longer have these opportunities. However, I know that Spannocchia will find the right balance and will continue to grow as an educational organization, both enriching and protecting.
13 people found this review helpful.
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Katherine
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Three months of immersion in Tuscany

This was an extraordinary opportunity not only to learn about sustainable agriculture from experts but to immerse myself in Italian culture.

The Spannocchia internship is two-fold in this sense:
- Farm and guest interns work with Spannocchia staff (Italian farmers and agriturismo staff) to learn farming and hospitality skills.
- Interns also participate in several educational programs related to Tuscan culture and cuisine. There is special emphasis on field trips to other Tuscan farms that specialize in products that Spannocchia does not (e.g., rice, saffron, biodynamic wine, and cheese).

Having done other programs during my gap year and study abroad period, I found Spannocchia to be truly unique in its history and sense of community.

Future participants should understand not to expect fast results (this isn’t always in line with Italian culture) and to savor every minute!

What would you improve about this program?
I wish there was a more formal alumni network for connections post-internship. By this time, the internship has been going on for several decades, and many alumni have gone on to wonderful careers in sustainability, food, and farming. While it's relatively easy to connect with other alumni, there's an even greater opportunity to continue to be a part of the Spannocchia community and have a positive impact on the world post-internship.
15 people found this review helpful.

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