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We live in the DC area, near a bus and metro stop. We have one 3-year-old and two 6-month-old daughters. We also have an Icelandic Sheepdog, Buska, and 1 very old cat, Franklin. We are looking for native French and Spanish speakers to come visit us and help our kids with their Spanish and French. Our 3-year-old understands both languages right now as my husband speaks French to her and our nanny speaks Spanish.
It's a busy house with three kids. You'd have your own room but would share a bathroom. We have childcare arranged during the workday, so you would not be expected to watch our kids. We may ask you to help with them and entertain them at times, but we'd be home as well.
We are also LGBTQ friendly.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
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We are in a major metropolitan city, living just outside of Washington, DC. We are one mile from a metro stop (our subway) and a bus stop that goes there is only two blocks away. You would have plenty of time to see everything DC has to offer. It has so many free monuments and museums. We would also welcome you to join us as we go places, and if you wanted to arrange any short trips to nearby cities (e.g. NYC) we could be flexible to accommodate that.
Our primary goal is to have our kids have more exposure to French and Spanish! So in the mornings, evenings (after 5pm) and on weekends we'd love for someone to play/speak French or Spanish with her, teach her songs, rhymes, etc. We would also like some assistance with gardening / yard work when it is nice out. We pay someone to mow but would like help with raking, picking up sticks, weeding, watering flowers, mulching.
Additional help around the house is also on the list! Some cooking, light cleaning, feeding and playing with the dog and helping to pick up after our daughter. We have house cleaners come every two weeks as well. To some extent, we can be flexible in your interests.
We keep a chart on the fridge that details daily/weekly, and one-time tasks. It also has a grid showing 25 hours each week for you to check off how much you have helped to ensure we do not ask you to help more than 25 hours each week.
This host offers a language exchange
At home our primary language is English, but my husband and Mother-in-law speak French. We also have a nanny who speaks Spanish. Our 3-year-old can speak both English and French, and she understands Spanish but does not speak it fluently. Our twins we are exposing to all three languages. Our goal is to have our workaway guests help to exposure our children to French and Spanish to increase their fluency.
We have a guest bedroom with a Queen bed and also a full bathroom next to it. We live in a large house and have a large backyard for relaxing. We are happy to host couples or pairs of travelers.
We live one mile from the West Falls Church metro. Within a mile we also have some shops/restaurants and also the W&OD bike trail that runs through Virginia. Also, given have young children we would prefer a non-smoker and a non-drug user.
We are taking covid precautions seriously. Until the situation is better in the United States, or a vaccine is available, we'd ask any guests to also practice wearing masks and social distancing.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have a great wifi connection. My husband and I are also working from home and we do have an office and another desk in the basement. You are welcome to use the desks when we are not working. Otherwise, you can also work in your room or at our kitchen table.
We have a very large driveway. It would not have a hookup for electricity though, as the driveway is quite a distance from our home.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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