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** Due to the travel restrictions, etc. we can only host international guests from places the USA is issuing tourist visas & allowing entry from (or, if you are already in the USA). We are also excited about the possibility of hosting US-based guests, even if they don't speak a foreign language, feel free to message us.
We have lived in the NYC-area for 8-years and love the amazing number of things to do here: incredible restaurants, art, countless languages and cultures connected by subway and bus. We are a young international family of Mexico & Oregon with 4-year old and 1-year old daughters and we want improve our foreign language skills by practicing with native speakers. We also need help around our house, there is much to do as we both have busy schedules.
Our requirements are below, please do not message us unless you meet all of these as we get many requests:
1) We need to know the precise dates you are available in the title or first part of your response. We are only able to host guests who are able to stay 1-month or longer.
2) We have some flexibility with scheduling around online classes, but for the most part we need our schedule to be the priority, guests normally help us Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm.
3) We can not host anyone who smokes or vapes. We are not comfortable with these items around our family.
4) You must be willing to cook healthy recipes.
Generally we seek native speakers of French to read and converse with us, but are flexible. We like Chef's Table on Netflix and enjoy learning new recipes. We enthusiastically practice hot yoga (its only $8/class at Yoga to the People 38th St. NYC). Garrett spends time updating and repairing the house (built in 1895) including remodeling the basement (knowledge of carpentry is a *️️️️️️️️plus*️️️️️️️️). We love walking and picked this neighborhood because it was built before cars and it's only 15 minutes door to door from Times Square, New York City. You just walk a few blocks, hop on a bus and NYC is the next stop (go under Lincoln Tunnel). With COVID, there is also a ferry as a great alternative to the bus, as it is outside. Buses pass every minute during the day and run 24x7.
New Yorkers work hard, solve problems, and carry a good attitude. We need these characteristics in guests living with us.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
We live in Weehawken, NJ, a 10 minute bus ride to Times Square, New York City. NYC is one of the most competitive and diverse cities in the world. We can suggest all you are looking for and how to be efficient with money. NYC is also one of the most expensive cities so you should plan a budget of at least $20 for every day spent in NYC ($3.50 bus fare x2 trips, $2.75 subway fare x2 trips, etc.). Staying with us will save you a lot on rent and food but we still recommend a budget of $500-1,000 per month depending on what activities you want to enjoy. Our recent guests have spent around $800 per month. We live on a quiet, family friendly street, which is completely safe at all hours. Buses to the city run 24x7 and come every minute during the day and every 15-25 minutes after midnight.
We want guests who will proactively help around our house with cooking, cleaning, meal planning, organizing, and gardening like a member of the family. We live a fast paced life and need guests who are inspired by this.
You will have a private room. Shared kitchen and share 2 bathrooms. We will provide breakfast (eggs, cereal, yogurt, etc.), lunch (sandwich, soup, etc.), dinner (lentils, soup, pasta, pizza, salmon, chicken, etc.). We eat a lot of different meals. We can accommodate vegetarian/vegan, but our pots are used for meat. We are trying to eat more lentils.
We get a lot of requests and may not be able to respond to all, sorry.
$3.50 bus ride to NYC, again its 5-minute walk to the bus, then NYC Times Square is the next stop, truly 15 minutes door to door. Our neighbor is ideal because you can enjoy the hustle-bustle of NYC and escape to our quiet, tree-lined street for a gentle night of sleep.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week