VillaggioCarovana Cooperativa Sociale ONLUS

The cooperative organizes stays based on social integration, projects for schools and groups who are going to spend their own holidays in a friendly atmosphere. VillaggioCarovana’s operative seat is in Castiadas in Località Masone Pardu. The cooperative relies on a team of social workers who have been cooperating in different social fields for over 15 years (International voluntarism, social educational and professional fields) The “House for holiday ” in Masone Pardu was conceived as a meeting and exchange point between different people, regardless of their mental and physical condition, nationality, age, religion, sex and so on… For these reasons, it has been thought and realized without any architectural barriers and everything has been supplied in order to be fitted and used by physical disabled and run over by social workers. The Cooperative counts 7 members; two women work full-time during summer and part-time the rest of the year. We take one more worker in the summer, but she is not a member.
Tourism Attractiveness 
The cooperative Villaggio Carovana has been involved in a project whose aim is to develop a network promoting a responsible tourism, in order to absorb the local economic activities linked to agricultural and food products, handicraft and tourist facilities and accommodation. Every year the system organizes various events in order to promote the land and its traditions. In spring we have “Felici In Bici” (riding happily your bike) to discover Castiadas by bike, meet local workers during market exhibition and visit various workshops where typical Sardinian bread, oil and cheese are produced. Furthermore you have the possibility to see them creating the typical Sardinian baskets, candles and so on. In autumn we have "Foreste in festa" (Forests in the party), to promote the mountain, its flora and fauna which make up a very interesting nature. If you want to see some moments from the festival you can watch the following youtube videos: In addition, through the network CastiadasOspitale, the cooperative plans a lot of projects for schools to let the youngest know about traditions of bread preparation and honey production, which is a clever way to promote tourism and holiday while respecting our Earth. You can also visit the museum of the territory which lies at the penal colony.
How we promote cooperatives’ values and culture 
We have createt and built a holiday house where you are greeted in a very friendly way; make you feel part of family and facilitate social integration are at the heart of our projects and stays. VillaggioCarovana involves guests in the management of the house. These can take part in some small activities with the other guests (set the table, cook special tipical dishes, carry low maintenance of the house or the garden according to the skills of each, and so on). This favors the family atmosphere within the home. This way guests can feel a real part of the cooperation project. We are in a very high tourist area. The Villaggiocarovana is between “Sette Fratelli” mountains and Castiadas, Villasimius and Costa Rei beaches. Our idea is to capture the attention of the tourists coming in the summer season, who are mainly attracted by beaches, to promote other historical, social and cultural realities present in the area but unknown to most tourists.
Mother tongue 
Languages spoken 
French, English
Availability for visits 
not on a regular basis or upon request
VillaggioCarovana is open on demand all year by appointment (previous week) for groups of 6 persons
Car (good road connection)
Other facilities 
recreation and entertainment facilities
visits to the area, the farms and the museum of the penal colony
Facilities for Disabled people 
ramps for wheelchairs
reserved parking spaces
toilet facilities
Special welcome and activities dedicated to people with cognitive and social skills, autism

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