Help with my daughter, house keeping, and if possible for languages, in Sherbrooke, Canada

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  • Description

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    WE ARE LOOKING FOR a Workaway (for AUGUST 2019) who can express herself in English and a little French (or in French only), who will enjoy spending time with our little Celeste while helping with other tasks in the house or in the garden.We have already hosted 11 workaways last years and hope to continue hosting workaways in the future. - 4-5 or 6 WEEKS.

    We are a francophone family of 7 (Dad, Mom, 4 Boys aged 21, 18, 16 & 12 years old, and a 6 years old girl). We live in Sherbrooke (1h30 from Montreal) in a large house with a beautiful backyard that consists of a small garden, fireplace, heated swimming pool, and a small pergola.
    We home school our children up to 12 years old. Currently, my 7-year-old (soon) daughter is being taught at home.
    My sons have e very good level in English. My husband and I, we can understand and we have an intermediate level when discussing.
    We are a Christian Catholic family but we respect those who do not think like us and we like to talk about any topics. My husband works in a parish and I support him as a choir director/musician. I teach piano lessons at home except during the summer.

    We are a bonded family who loves having family meal together. We live a simple life and meet all our basic needs.
    We are located about 15minutes drive away from downtown Sherbrooke. There are many parks, soccer fields, schools, bike paths, 2 rivers, buses and many other facilities near our home.

    In summer, it gets hard to manage as the children are on summer break.My daughter loves to swim, cycling and having picnics in the park. It is hard to make time for these activities with the children as summer is also a good time to do housekeeping. We live in a big house with 5 children, so the house is rarely tidy. I would love a tidy house, but there is only so much I can do, so I try to prioritize the important chores first and to look for help!

    We are looking for workaway to help ease the workload of our family and also help us improve our English (Spanish for two of my kids). We hope the workaway can help us babysit (activities) my little daughter (6 years old) and also help with some of the household chores. We are a flexible and understanding family and are willing to make adjustments to meet the needs of the workaway too.

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    Français

    Notre famille:
    Français, notre langue maternelle.
    Nous sommes une familles unie (papa, maman et 5 enfants : 4 garçons: 21, 18, 15, 12 ans et une fille 6 ans). Nous habitons Sherbrooke (à 1h30 de Montréal), dans une grande maison de ville avec piscine hors-terre, beau petit terrain avec potager, foyer, pergolas. Nous sommes à proximité de forêts, parcs, pistes cyclables et multiples services à proximité.
    Je fais l'école-maison à mes enfants jusqu'à 12 ans. En fait, i ne reste que ma fille de bientôt 7 ans ans qui est instruit à la maison. Nous sommes une famille chrétienne mais nous respectons ceux qui ne pensent pas comme nous et aimons discuter sur tous les sujets. Mon mari travaille en paroisse et je l'appuie comme directrice de chorale/musicienne.
    J'enseigne le piano à domicile sauf l'été.
    Nous aimons les repas en famille, même s'ils sont simples et souvent peu élaborés (grosse famille-petit budget).
    Nous vivons dans la simplicité, pas de luxe mais tous les besoins essentiels sont comblés.


    Nous avons déjà accueilli 11 "workaways" (été 2015 et été 2016, Noel 2018) et nous souhaitons répéter l'expérience.
    Nous recherchons habituellement un volontaire pour fin mai-juin (4 semaines) et pour 4 semaines août, et DÉCEMBRE (4-6 semaines) 2019. De préférence une FILLE qui accepte de jouer le rôle d'une grande-soeur pour notre fille Céleste tout en aidant à d'autres tâches dans la maison (garder la cuisine propre, aide à la vaisselle, lessive, aspirateur ou petites corvées partagées. Un peu de jardinage au besoin.
    En vacances, ma fille veut se baigner, faire des balades à vélo ou des piques-niques dans des parcs...Je suis alors partagée entre leurs besoins et les miens. Ses grands frères aident aussi mais ils ont aussi leur travail/occupations.
    Nous vivons un peu au jour le jour. Il y a bien les matchs de soccer et certaines activités familiales de prévus au calendrier mais nous ne prévoyons pas de grandes sorties/visites. (Nos vacances familiales étant surtout en JUILLET).
    Nous aimons planifier certaines choses mais nous sommes confortables aussi à improviser nos horaires estivales.
    Avec 5 enfants, la maison est rarement bien ordonnée. Ce n'est pas ce que je souhaite mais j'apprends à prioriser et à choisir mes batailles! Cependant, je suis une personne qui accepte facilement d'être aidée même si ce n'est pas fait exactement à ma manière. J'apprécie les initiatives et les efforts des gens qui vivent sous mon toit. Je préfère quelqu'un qui rangera un ustensile dans le mauvais tiroir à quelqu'un qui le laissera traîner...(vous voyez que je ne suis pas difficile, en autant que j'aie un coup de main!)


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  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    large family, music, québec culture, Canadian-French langage, frienship, new experiences,
    forests, big rivers and lakes, mountains, natural parks, fishing,
    Aurora Borealis: if you are lucky!
    city life
    Best poutine!
    catholic faith

  • Help

    Help

    Help with LANGUAGES: We hope to improve English. 2 of my kids would like to learn Spanish.Our first language is French, but the children are learning English in school. My husband and I have learned English ourselves and are able to speak English more fluently since we started hosting workaways..but it’s still as sometimes difficult.

    HELP WITH KIDS: we are looking for someone for supervise-entertain the children (mostly Céleste) in activities/pool. We hope to have someone that loves to do outdoor activities, swimming, walking, doing simple sports and would initiate outings such as cycling/picnic to the nearby park. Other activities such as board games, crafts, cooking with kids, science experiments are also possibilities which can be done. This summer 2018 , We are looking for preferably a GIRL who can express herself in English and a little French -or in French (for an easier communication with our daughter ).
    Someone we can trust and who is proactive in activities with the children (especially our little girl and our youngest boy) while also getting along with my 4 boys. Propose your ideas!

    HELP WITH HOUSEHOLD AND OTHER...It’s also very important to find someone to assist us with the household chores, cooking (if you like!), gardening and general tasks outside the house. I can show you, but if you have experience with household, it will be easier for me!


    Qualities that would make a successful workaway experience:
    - Good skills with young children
    - Someone who loves to experience living with our francophone family and learn about our Quebec culture.
    - Have a sociable, understanding and patient personality
    - A good role model for our children (values, politeness and sense of service)
    - Actively take part in the daily tasks required such as setting the table, putting the dishes into the dishwasher and supervising the children
    - A proactive personality who will take initiatives both for activities with the children and for household chores.
    - Someone who likes to challenge him/herself with doing new tasks
    - Reliable person whom I can entrust my younger children to if I am not at home

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    What a typical day would be like (IN summer JUNE or AUGUST) :
    Before 9:00: Prepare and eat your own breakfast
    9:00: Little chores with children (such as putting the dishes into the dishwasher)
    9:30: Outdoor activities – Biking, playing at the park, picnic OR household chores, working in the garden
    11:30: Return home and supervise the children if they would like to swim in our pool
    12:15: Lunch with the family. Everyone would help with setting the table, washing dishes and sweeping floor etc
    13:00: 30 – 45minutes break time / nap
    14:00: As required – household tasks or activities with the children
    17:00: Family dinner/supper – same with lunch, everyone would help with setting the table etc
    18:00: Activity time – Soccer games, swimming, small campfire, movies. Free time for workaway to do other activities


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  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    French, English (basic or better )

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We provide air-conditioning + Wi-Fi

    We offer a ROOM which is used for piano lessons. My piano students take a break during the summer, so we are able to convert the room for workaway to stay in. The wardrobe is used for keeping my piano scores, but I could make space if needed. The bed is a double sofa bed, which can be converted into a sofa. The room is enclosed by an opaque glass door and a large window overlooking the sunny south. The floor is not carpeted.

    We have a dog (Cavalier King Charles) which do not have to go to your room. Just keep your door closed as needed.

    Occasionally, we will need to go to your room to use the piano, look for a music sheet or papers. We want to be respectful and will refrain from entering your room unless it is necessary.

    If necessary, you can use part of the refrigerator in the basement kitchen and a cupboard (pantry) to put your things.


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    Air-climatisée + Wi-Fi
    Nous offrons une pièce au sous-sol qui est en réalité mon local de musique. Mon piano y est donc en permanence. Le garde-robe est utilisé pour mes partitions, mais je pourrais libérer une tablette.
    bureau de travail.
    Il y a un divan-lit double pour dormir et à moins d'exception, il pourra rester ouvert durant votre séjour.
    La pièce est fermée par une porte vitrée opaque et une grande fenêtre côté Sud l'ensoleille. Pas de tapis.
    Nous avons un chat et un chien (Cavalier King Charles qui aura 2 ans) qui n'ont pas à aller dans votre chambre. Simplement garder votre porte fermée au besoin.

    Il pourrait arriver, à l'occasion que nous ayons besoin d'aller dans votre chambre pour utiliser le piano, chercher une partition ou des papiers. On veut être respectueux, mais nous préférons que vous sachiez.

    Si besoin: vous pouvez utiliser une partie du frigo du sous-sol et/ou une armoire de la cuisinette pour y mettre vos petites douceurs!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have a dog (Cavalier King Charles)

    No drugs, no drinking outside family celebrations, no smoking.

    We live in Sherbrooke City, which is about 1h30mins drive away from Montreal city. It is 2h15mins drive from Quebec City. You could take the public transport (at your own expense) to travel around and it is possible to hitch a ride from us if our schedule is similar. Downtown Sherbrooke and shopping centers are within 8-15mins drive.

    We have hills / mountains for hiking or mountain biking. A list of attractions and the distance from us by car is as follows:
    - Mont Bellevue (10 mins)
    - Mont Orford (25mins)
    - Bromont (50mins)
    - Bromont water park (50mins)
    - Granby Zoo (1hr)

    We are also close to places such as bus stops, beaches, 2 universities, bike trails, 2 cinemas and drive-in theatre, lakes and 2 beautiful rivers for water sports.

    We have some museums in Sherbrooke but there are several more in Montreal or Quebec City.

    We have relatives living in Montreal. My parents and husband's brother are in Quebec City. We have friends who watched the Northern Lights and may allow you to see.

    There is a beautiful tourist town called Magog, which is 20mins drive away.

    My husband and children enjoy soccer games and football. 2 kids are in a soccer team and it is possible to watch their soccer matches if you are interested.

    Let us know what you would like to do during your free time and we will try to offer you trips to your interests if you wish.

    We have nothing against the fact if you prefer to spend your time with us too! But do note that sometimes we might not have enough space in the car to accommodate you in our trips.

    If your presence is relevant to one of our trips, we could offer to pay expenses or for the activity which is in connection.

    Important to note:
    You should plan your own transportation to our house or to the nearby bus station upon arrival. You should also consider your departure dates (subject to availability).
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    IMPORTANT:
    Vous devez prévoir vous rendre chez nous ou au terminus d'autobus de Sherbrooke ou mieux encore, celui de l'Université de Sherbrooke à 3 minutes de chez nous, par vos propres moyens et envisager votre départ ainsi (selon nos disponibilités).

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

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    Hours expected

    25 hours, 5 days a week maximum

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Christmas 2019 All the family with Luisa, from Germany
With Lucie (Germany)-Décember 2017
With Jasmin (USA)-June 2018.
Spring 2017. Sky with Iris (Netherlands)
2e visite de Marc en avril 2016 en tant qu'ami. Quebec city avec Jacob lors du Festiva de Magie
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August 2015- Les deux plus jeunes à la plage avec notre workaway Marc (Espagne). Des heures de plaisir...
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Notre terrain : coin potager et foyer
Notre terrain: la pergolas; un lieu pour relaxer et même y dormir la nuit pour ceux qui le veulent!
Balade près de la rivière à quelques minutes de chez nous. Notre région compte de nombreux cours d'eau et plusieurs endroits verts (forêts et parcs)












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