We are a family of four living in Alexandria, VA, a suburb of Washington, D.C. We home school our two children, ages 7 and 10 and are looking for international students to broaden our lives. We love to host people that have have various skills and are open and willing to help with occasional babysitting, general household chores and maintenance projects. We eat very well and good food and meal times are important. We are gluten-free and eat a wide range of animal products, fruits and vegetables. We are non-smokers, non-religious, have pets, love to be outdoors, hike, camp, swim (all the time), have rowdy children, and generally love anything new and fantastic that comes our way!
I am especially interested in hosting someone from Italy as I would like to keep up my Italian.
Our house is in a very residential neighborhood and not within walking distance of any shops. Traveling into DC is usually a full day trip and is possible by bus and metro. We are very close to a spectacular bike and running trail and to Mount Vernon (the original home of George Washington). We play lots of games in the evenings and generally work hard and play hard!
Typically we are looking for just one workawayer, but may be able to take families occasionally.
By staying with us, you will gain experience in life and better your English. You will be able to spend time both in the city in DC, Arlington and Alexandria and in the woods and mountains of Virginia.
Volunteers will be expected to help outdoors with gardening, landscaping, house maintenance, indoors with cooking or cleaning, and with kids school work.
English, conversational Italian, very little French and Spanish
Guest room in a four bedroom house. Queen-sized bed, shared bathroom.
Volunteers can travel to DC or surrounding areas - usually on a day off. Getting to DC takes about 45 minutes by bus and metro. You can bike ride into DC/Alexandria/Arlington (about 12 miles to DC) on the beautiful George Washington trail that runs along the Potomac River. We live in a very quiet, suburban neighborhood that is great for biking, walking and running. We are not walking distance to any shopping or restaurants, but some would be close enough to bike to (we have bikes to borrow).
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Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week