Looking for a big sister to play with our children and teach them languages in Izmir, Turkey



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  • Description


    We are a family living in Izmir, which is a big, sunny city in the west coast of Turkey. We have 3 children, who are 8 year, 3 year and 5 month old. We have some chickens and a small vegetable garden and some fruit trees in our backyard. We also have a sand box, a swing, a hammock and a garden swing in our garden. And in the end of our street there is a swimming pool with a seperated child pool.
    My 8 year old daughter likes to play with dolls, creat DIY projects, role plays,board games as Monopoly, listening/telling stories/books. She also plays piano, swims and cooks well. She is also interested in history and geography and mathematic. My 3 year old son likes to play with Lego's and dinosours, listening/telling stories/books and he likes swimming and building sand castles (we have a sand box in our garden). Our 3th child is only 6 month old and likes to listen songs and coversations.
    So we would like you to spend about 5 hours with them each week days, doing language practice to help them to learn the language by playing games, singing songs, telling stories, baking cakes and communicating wtih them. We have also a Turkish worker to play with and look after children. She works with us during weekdays. I am, the mother of the family, a lawyer but not working for now. So actually it is not a real babysitting or childcare job, because I and our our worker will be aroud during the day to help with any difficulty or questions.
    From the beginning of September we would like you to spend time with my daughter after 5 pm till the sleeping time (Sleeping time is usually aound 22.00).
    We like travelling, camping, cooking, baking, gardening, eating, singing together as a family. We aspecially like to go to beaches, mountains, ruins, pleateaus, museums.
    We do not smoke. We have no pets.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Babysitting and creative play
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We can teach you Turkish language, all of us are talkative so you can easily learn Turkish from us. I can also teach you cooking Turkish cousine and Turkish food reciepes, homemade bread, jams, tomato sauce, canning, preparing olives; making vinegar, yoghurt, milk and water kefir etc. You can enjoy to know Turkish families, , education, history, social life, culture - including trying the traditional Turkish food, etc. And if you are traveling for a long time, get tired of traveling and need a cosy family house, you are welcome. We offer good company, location, knowledge of the area and we are easy to live with. Our kids are keen learners.

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  • Help


    We are looking for a bigger sister who will play and talk with them beside teaching foreign languages and cultures.We hope to improve their language skills and this need to have patience, repetition and creativity.

    I prefer female volunteer who is talkative, energetic, creative, friendly, openminded and who likes playing with children, singing, painting, swimming, dancing, traveling with children.

    Hours are flexible; 5 hours a day and 5 days a week. The sole activity we require is playing and interacting with our three kids in mother tongue or in English for 4-5 hours a day give or take with two days off. At the weekdays we need nearly 5 hours for playing games, telling/reading stories, singing songs, drawing pictures etc. You will be free at the weekends and also you will have planty of free time at week days. But if you prefer, we can spend weekends together too.
    I can pick you up from the airport or from the bus stop.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Russian: Fluent
    Turkish: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    If you come to live with us, you will have your own bedroom (we have 5 bedrooms in our house) with a seperated bathroom (no shower inside, you must use children's bathroom to have shower) in the upstair. We can also give you basic things like towels (so you don't have to add them in your lagguage) and also you can use our washingmachine. You will have unlimited Wi-Fi. We usually cook fresh traditional foods at home, you can be with us at all meals and also you may cook if you want. If you are introverted, we are respectful of your need for alone time every day (your room is upstairs). We have no problem with how you spend your free time.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Izmir (Smyrna) is a nice city with seashore and historical places. It is the third biggest city in Turkey. The people of Izmir are very helpful and you will feel safe. We live in a suberb called Urla. Our house is 40 minutes far away from the city center by bus and the bus station is 10 minutes by walking. There are many bars, clubs, siteseeing, restaurants, shopping, bazaars etc. in the city center. We are close to seaside, it takes nearly 10 minutes to go to the nearest beach by car. Without car or bus riding, sadly, it is not possible to go anywhere. We may drop you into the city by car, if we have time to do. We have a privet swimming pool at the end of our street which you can also use. We have lots of suggestions and information about things to see and to do. There are a lot of historical places and ancient ruins, if you are interested, near Izmir as Ephesus and Bergama (Pergamon). At the weekends you can travel to Ephesus (St. John Catedral and The House of the Virgin Mary)/Şirince (1 hour far to us) , Pergamon, Çeşme/Alaçatı (30 minutes), Foça, Kuşadası (Neopolis) (1 hour); Bodrum (Halikarnassos), Pamukkale (Hierapolis), Fethiye (Telmessos, Kaunos, Kadyanda, Tlos, Pınara, Letoon, Sidyma ve Ksantos) , Kaş (Istlada, Apollonia, İsinda, Kyaenai), Demre (Myra, Saint Nicholas), Antalya, İstanbul, Kapadokya (Cappadocia) etc. In order to go to all those places, you can use public transport which is pretty affordable. If you want to go to Kios (a Greek Island) from Çeşme shipport, it takes 20 minutes by ship and it is also cheap. If you want to go to Samos (another Greek Island) you may get a ferry (it is also cheap). We can help you to arrange holiday plans and about bookings.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 191162279791