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We are a family of 5 and a dog! We are based in Bremen which is a lovely city to explore, not far from Hamburg and Hannover. We have a great garden to relax in as well! I am a History teacher in an International school and my husband is a Wind Turbine Engineer. We are both originally from the UK but have lived in Bremen since 2012. We have both lived mainly outside of the UK since the early 2000s, including Muenster, Cologne and Paderborn, John has also lived in Belize and Canada for a few months at a time. We are interested in various outdoor sports including rugby, scuba, cycling, skiing and we love to travel too! John is also the U10 rugby coach too! He is passionate about his T3 Doka, which we use to travel around Europe in. Our family is fun loving and what I like to call organised chaos! Anna has carried out volunteer projects supporting the refugees here in Bremen and in Calais and Romania building homes, however due to family commitments She can not do as much as she would like. We both try to give back!
The house slowed down when our third child came along and our builder going bankrupt when replacing the roof, this caused further damage due to snow coming in the upstairs which was not covered by our builders insurance. We really would like to get the house finished but due to time we are struggling with just the two of us. We have no family near by and would really appreciate help to move the project along.
Furthermore, we have three awesome children ages 3, 8 and 11 and would appreciate some help with childcare! There may be a need for dog sitting on occasions!
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
As we are based in Germany you will be able to practise your German. We are an English speaking family so if you are wanting to improve your English, then this is also possible. Bremen is part of the fairy tale road and has a lot of interesting places to visit. The town hall (Rathaus) is a UNESCO Heritage Site.
We have bikes which can be borrowed, a weights gym and darts and snooker. We live close to the Mercedes Benz factory who offer free tours daily in German and one in English on Thursdays, we are happy to help arrange this too or maybe the Beck‘s Brewery tour or arrange other experiences!
We have been renovating our home since 2014, and we need help decorating, there is a lot of taking old wall paper off unfortunately, but my husband has developed his own tool for this, possible plastering, tiles and painting and other related tasks. Other areas needing attention is the exterior such as old paint needing to be brushed off and then new paint. We would need the work to be carried out in the daytime before 6.30pm due to the bedtimes of our youngest, but there is flexibility in the day.
There will be at times help needed, most likely with our youngest. As well as possible dog walking and sitting.
Cooking, cleaning up etc are not included as hours. We all pitch in when we can to enjoy meals together.
English first language German 2nd
You will most likely have a converted bedroom in our dry cellar with a double sofa bed and single bed... sink, coffee machine, chair, electric radiator see photo. We do not expect strangers to share. You are welcome to eat with us as a family and share the main communal areas. We are not vegetarian but often eat meat free when possible and very happy to accommodate special requirements.
We are 5 minutes walk to a bus or 10 minutes to a tram to get into the city, we also have bikes that can be borrowed. There is a lake and outside and indoor swimming pool 10 minutes cycle from the house.
As we are a family you would need to respect that we would expect there to be consideration for this, for example late nights partying are not really possible and we get up quite early as a family.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week