We are a French-American family of 5. Our kids are aged 11, 9 and 2. The oldest is a boy and is bilingual in French and English. The middle child is a girl who is deaf and uses English and sign language to communicate. The youngest is a girl and speaks French and English.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
This is a good opportunity for people with an interest in working with kids with special needs - for example, speech therapy students, deaf education students, occupational therapists, teachers, etc.
We're a well-traveled, relaxed family and we enjoy meeting people from around the world.
In the past we have had workawayers who were coming to NZ for a long time and staying with us at the beginning to get settled. We can help with information, showing you around, etc. We can also lend you a car for sightseeing over the weekend.
We are looking for help getting the kids ready for school, making lunches, and driving our son to his school bus or taking our daughter to daycare (15 minutes away). Then occasional after-school help, playing with the kids, speaking French to them if that's your native language, possibly taking them to activities, helping out with cooking, tidying up, etc. Ideally we would like someone with teaching experience who could help our son with his French homework or special needs experience who can do fun activities with our daughters (swimming, the zoo, playgrounds, etc). The hours would generally be in the morning either from 7:40-8:15 or 8-9, then 2 afternoons per week from 2-6 PM, plus occasional afternoon or evening help (usually just to be home while our daughter naps so that I can run errands). So it would suit someone looking to get settled in NZ and also someone who would like to work part-time in the city.
We prefer French-speaking volunteers as they can help our children with language practice, but we would consider others as well.
English, French, Spanish, Russian, sign language
We have a room with its own bathroom and kitchenette. It has a single bed that can be converted to a double. We offer use of a car and prefer volunteers who can either drive or are very good with public transport. We live close to a train station (about a 10-min walk) and several bus routes. We are also close to bike paths.
We are in a fairly central part of Auckland so you can easily get into the centre of town or go to the west coast beaches. We can also lend you a bike.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 20 hours / week