Area: AlbertaMy husband and I operate a 4000 acre grain farm in northern Alberta in the Peace Country. I am looking to establish an organic vegetable garden, fruit and berry orchard, as well as a healing centre on the property. I also practice psychosomatic therapy and bodywork. I am looking for assistance with cooking, housework, yard and garden as well as repairs to a garden shed and painting. We also operate a snack and vending company that services the Peace Country. We have three grown children that are getting educations and exploring the world. We have hosted a three trainees from France, one from Norway and one from England. Sometimes I will cook, sometimes you can cook, sometimes we can prepare together and other times sort out for ourselves. What can you do in your spare time? Take trips to the local lakes nearby visit the pioneer village Have an evening bon fire Relax and read on the deck or soak in the hot tub. If you are just looking for a free place to sleep we are not what you are looking for. If you are looking for a place to expand, share, learn, work and help then come and visit.
Area: Lower Normandy, FranceWe are in a great location for visiting Normandy - an hour from Mont St Michel in one direction, Bayeux tapestry and the D-Day beaches in the other and close to Caen, Granville, Coutances, Cherbourg and 1.5 hours from Rennes. Having a driving license and being able to drive a manual car are an absolutely essential part of the job. We have a spare car which we are happy to let people use, and is for running the kids around too. We provide all food normally. We are meat eaters and would prefer helpers are too. We are really passionate about food and love having people that really enjoy food and eat everything, and are happy to cook and help prepare. Meals are family affairs. I do not get home until after 8pm, 2 or 3 days a week, so it will be necessary for the evening meal to be on the table when I get home on those days. Our minimum stay is 4 weeks, but for those wishing to do a language course, you would need to be able to commit to a term of either September - December or January - June. We currently have the lovely Eva up until the end of September, possibly longer. We would love to find a couple or 2 friends, who want to learn French or English and be part of our family. For anyone coming for a long stay there is the possibility to do a 10 month (over two terms) French course 5 mornings a week starting at the end of September and finishing at the end of June, for which we will contribute 50% of the cost for 2 people or pay for entirely for 1 person. However this option would involve making a long term commitment to staying with us, following the course and making a real effort to learn French (or English). So basically the job is: • Cooking the evening meal Monday to Friday for everyone – family and helpers. We are a food lovers’ paradise, with amazing local products, which come from my business. We eat local food and eat seasonal produce as far as possible. • Walking the dogs daily – we have two unruly spaniels. • Finishing the helpers’ apartment. The two bedrooms, bathroom and toilet are finished, but the kitchen and sitting room still require a lot of work. • Playing with the children - girls aged 8 and 9, and occasionally my partners’ children 5 & 8, bike rides, taking them to activities etc. Helping them with their reading & maths, when there is time. Picking them up from school 2 evenings a week. • Very occasionally helping with preparing the gites for guests - cleaning, bed making etc (we have a great cleaner so this is very rare and only if we have guests leaving and arriving on either a Friday or Sunday). • Gardening – weeding, weed wacking/strimming, mowing, picking fruit etc. We have a veg garden, but right now it needs more work than we have time. • Bringing in and oiling garden furniture preparing it for the following year. • Generally keeping the place in working order so that it looks great for our self-catering rental guests. • Doing the recycling, bins. • Doing the washing and folding. Our fantastic cleaner does the ironing. + If you can also help with the e-business, that would be very welcome. It is a local online food business - so marketing, graphic design, picking up products from suppliers, photographing, video work etc. We are a bilingual family but we try to speak more English at home, but would be happy to have other language speakers as long as they are prepared to speak English. A native French speaker who wanted to perfect their English would also be very welcome. We try to spend weekends at the beach house from autumn to spring, to make the most of it when it is not rented out. There are always things to be done, so any helper must be really independent, a team player, a self starter, preferably a meat eater and preferably a non-smoker. To date we have had 5 smokers who have stopped smoking while they were here. We have a discount with Brittany Ferries for those travelling to & from the UK. Please get in touch if you are interested.
Area: Franche ComteHello everybody We are a family of 4 consisting in myself, Aurore, my husband,Vivian, my 4 years old daughter, Laura and my 2 years old son, Hugo. Laura is very active and likes to play and meet new people and Hugo is more quiet and smile a lot ... You could only love them. We also have a gorgeous dog, Dolly and a peaceful cat, Tigrou. We are French speakers but we also speak English.
Area: BavariaWe live in Dinkelsbühl, a beautiful medieval town, situated at the "Romantic Road" in Bavaria. Our house is in the historical centre of Dinkelsbühl. 5 persons belong to our household. Me (52), I´m a teacher, my husband (56), he is already retired, our son (22), our daughter (20), both are at university and our granddaughter, born in January 13. My husband and you will take care of the little child during I am at school in the morning. We also have a guesthouse that is for rent for tourists. We expecially need your help for babysitting and different types of housework, like cooking, cleaning, ironing and so on. Sometimes maintenance work around the house is required and now and then we need a helping hand with preparing the rooms of the guesthouse. We will enjoy talking to you in your mother tongue for practising other languages and we will help you to go further in speaking German. We are very interested in cultural exchanges, because we have been hostfamily for several au-pairs or exchange students doing a year abroad a lot of times in the past.
Area: CataloniaWe are a very friendly family, my husband of 37 years 42, our 8 year old daughter and our 5 year old. Carla is very affectionate, active and very girly. Arnau is a very active and friendly child. Somos una familia muy amistosa, mi marido de 37 años yo de 42 años, nuestra hija de 8 años y nuestro hijo de 5 años de edad. Carla es muy cariñosa, activa y muy femenina. Arnau es un niño muy activo y simpático.