We are a family of four, David is Chilean, Andra is Romanian and together we have two children, Amani (7) and Martin(4). We are stay-at-home parents mostly and we've been working from home because we want to spend as much time with our children as possible. However we also need time for ourselves away from the children and away from the household chores. So this is the main reason why we are looking for help :)
In the last twelve years we have lived and travelled in many different places and have used this platform both as guests and hosts. We have moved around between Chile and Romania in the past 4 years and starting September we will be back in Santiago for a while.
I (Andra) am a doula and non-violent communication trainer and I am looking forward to have some time for myself and dedicate it to what I am passionate about: helping women with their pregnancy and maternity and contributing to the well-being of families in general. In the last 7 years I have been a full time mom and student and now I am impatient to put my knowledge to work :)
David is a mechanical engineer and patent expert but he mostly works as a freelance translator. He has been a work-at-home dad for the last 4 years and has supported financially our family. So another reason I am impatient to have more time for myself is to take a bit of the burden off his shoulders and earn some money as well.
For all these reasons we thought workaway is the best solution for us and I am sure you're gonna have a great time with us, the kids and being around our beautiful house. We've done this in the past, through Couchsurfing, and it has worked wonderfully (with little exceptions :) )
Amani and Martin are really fun. Amani is a bit shy at the beginning but once she gets to know you, she is very friendly and affectionate. She loves being read stories, likes to invent songs in different languages and put on shows for us. Martin is intense (volcano-intense :) ), he likes to play with water and fire a lot and participate in everything we do.
If you have any other questions about us, feel free to ask!
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Well, I guess we will all benefit. We are a multicultural family, well-travelled and we have been sharing our house (wherever we lived) with many travellers. If you want to learn and experience Chilean/Romanian culture and language, we can all show you and teach you.
But from my point of view, the most interesting thing to learn with us is how to raise and treat children in a respectful and non-violent way.
We need help with doing the dishes, cleaning the house and spend an hour or two playing with the children if there is a good vibe between you and them (so the babysitting-playing part cannot be decided beforehand). Raising two kids is very challenging and demanding and most of the days we are exhausted. Doing the dishes won't take much time, probably half and hour in the morning, after breakfast, and half an hour in the afternoon, after dinner.
So in total, we need around 3-4 hours of your time around 4 days a week. We are very flexibile and we can talk about the working times and days so that you can travel around as well if you want. The idea is to accomodate everybody's needs!
Your help will be highly appreciated and we will enjoy using our free time after the kids go to bed at night doing something else than the dishes.
You will have your own private room and also your bathroom.
We will not pay for your food though so you will have to make your on arrangements for buying groceries and cooking. However we will be more than happy to share a meal with you or accept your invitation to cook for us :)
Our apartment is very well located, close to Chile-Espana metro station, two beautiful parks, local markets where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables.
Please feel free to ask us any questions!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4 hours a day, 4 days a week- no food