International family, looking for a Spanish speaker to help out in the French Pyrenees



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    We are an international family living in the French Pyrenees with the most spectacular views of the mountains. I have my own small language school business teaching English, French and Spanish. My two children, a boy aged 11 and a girl aged 7 speak English (mother tongue), Spanish (father tongue!) and French, as they are schooled here. Sadly their father died in September, and although my parents live close by, life is a challenge, juggling school runs, activities and evenings as I often have classes that don't finish until 8pm. Also my daughter is starting to forget her Spanish and for that reason I would particularly like to invite a native Spanish speaker to stay with us to help with daily tasks and to speak to us in Spanish. In return I can offer both English and French classes, the chance to discover a beautiful part of the world, and an extensive network of contacts both locally and internationally.

    Somos una familia internacional que vive en los pirineos franceses, con unas vistas espectaculares de las montañas. Tengo un negocio de enseñanza de idiomas (inglés, francés y español). Tengo un hijo de 11 años y una hija de 7 años que hablan inglés (por su madre), español (por su padre) y francés porque van a la escuela aqui. Por desgracia el padre murio en septiembre y aunque mis padres viven cerca la vida es bastante complicada con los niños, las actividades y las noches cuando termino sobre las 8 de la noche. Ademas, mi hija esta empezando a olvidar su español, y por esa razon estoy buscando una persona que habla español como lengua materna para ayudarnos con las tareas domesticas y para hablarnos en español. Puedo ofrecer clases de inglés y francés en cambio de esta ayuda, la posibilidad de descubrir un sitio maravilloso y muchos contactos con gente de aqui y en el mundo en general.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This would suit someone who is interested in language teaching as I could offer a lot of help in that sense, having being a language teacher for over 20 years and having travelled extensively all over the world. I am well-integrated into the local community so opportunities to practise both English and French would be easy to organise. It would be a multi-cultural experience living with an English family in France and there is a particularly active alternative scene in the nearby town where I work, so there are opportunities to get involved in environmental, musical, sporting and all sorts of cultural clubs and associations. We have the biggest ski resort in the Pyrenees just half an hour's drive from our house and this part of the Pyrenees is an integral part of the Tour de France.

  • Help


    Native Spanish speakers only please, with own car as there is no public transport here. I need someone who has some idea of French just for everyday situations, but lessons can be provided. I really need help with a bit of housework, cooking in particular, and just being able to pick up my children and look after them when I cannot be at home (I sometimes have to work away for the odd evening). Being confident about looking after children is very important, but also being open-minded, having a sense of fun and enjoying the natural environment around us. We are a non-smoking family that drinks very little alcohol other than at social gatherings.

    Hispanohablantes solamente por favor con vehiculo proprio. Un francés basico seria una ventaja pero puedo ayudar con clases. Necesito ayuda con tareas domesticas, sobre todo cocinar, y buscar a mis hijos y estar con ellos cuando tengo que pasar alguna noche fuera de casa por el trabajo. Es importante tener confianza con los niños pero tambien ser abierta de mente, saber reir y querer aprovechar de la naturaleza que tenemos alrededor. No fumo y no bebo mucho aparte en ocasiones sociales.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    The volunteer would have their own bedroom on the ground floor of our house with direct access to the downstairs bathroom. I would expect us all to eat together and I would provide all the food, but ask for help a few days a week with the preparation of dinner, especially when I get home late.

    La persona tendria su propria habitacion en la planta baja de la casa con aceso directo al cuarto de baño. Me gustaria que comieramos todos juntos y yo pagaria la comida, pero necesitaria ayuda con la preparacion de las cenas, sobre todo las noches que llego tarde.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are near the spa town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre, the ski resort La Mongie, Lourdes, Tarbes and Pau. Toulouse is the nearest big city (1h30 drive). The whole area is paradise for nature lovers, hikers, cyclists and skiers. There is no public transport service from our village so personal transport is essential.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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