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Are you experienced in either gardening or cooking meals independently? Would you like to visit Switzerland and our family? We are a family of six (39, 38, 12, 9, 5 and 3) who live simple and uncomplicated in a house in the countryside. We also have a very old and gentle German Shepherd (13.5yrs), some chicken with their rooster and 5 pet rats. We are almost vegetarians, as we eat meat extremely rare. When we buy food usually look after seasonal, organic and environmental sustainability is generally quite important to us in all concerns. We are a homeschooling/unschooling family, that means our kids are around during the day. We are looking for people who like to speak and play with our kids in English or French for them to practice foreign languages. We can host couples or female workawayers only.
We live pretty close to Bern, the capital City and Thun (Berner Oberland -> where are a lot of famous mountains and sightseeing places). The next train station is around 500m to our house.
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
You will have your freetime, where it will be possible to discover lots of very typical swiss places. If you are interested, and when its possible, you also can join some of our outdoor activities.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Your main task will either be:
- cooking one meal per day, cleaning up the kitchen after meals and spending time with our children (playing, reading, going out for a walk with them...)
- gardening, weeding and being creative in our backyard. Some years ago we moved here and there is still a lot to do around the house, as you can see on some pictures. If you are experienced in gardening, you can feel free, removing weeds, planting new plants and being creative to help us make a nice place out of our surroundings.
This host offers a language exchange
We speak German. English and French as second language and we like to practice our knowledge. Our kids have different levels in their second language skills. The older the kids, the better the foreign language skills. ;-)
You will be accommodated in a room in our flat, that is actually a playroom. So during the day, some of our kids might be around there. If you need some hours without kids, just say it, and we could arrange something for you will have a quiet space. After dinner and during the nights the room will be yours alone of course.
In this room, a queensize bed and a big table will be available for you alone or you as a couple.
We are also warmly welcoming workawayers with kids. If so, we could put one more big matress on the floor. You need just to be aware of the small space for your family, I think more than 3-4 people would't be comfortable anymore. Our experience has shown that for families to stay with our family around one week is perfect, more than 10 days will be quite stressful for all the kids... ;-)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
It depends about what you need, but we have a good interent connection and could offer you more space. But you need to be aware, there are a lot of places in the world with more silence than an old house with a lot of children and animals.
There is a parking space where you could put your campervan in July. After July it isn't possible anymore to put a campervan. Please ask if you intend to come by campervan.
We actually would warmly welcome people with pets, but you have to ask first if it is possible, it depends about the situation and which kind of pet...
4-5 hours, 5 days a week
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