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We are a family of 4...:) Ania (38), Paweł (38), Sophie (5) and Adela (1), plus our cats Daisy, Nero Candy and her babies. We also have chickens :~} Ania is an ex nurse and midwife and now in the process of a career change :) And Paweł is a telecom engineer and works mostly from home office.
After living in England for 17 years, we have decided to pack up our home there, sell everything and buy a house in a beautiful, hilly part of Poland, small village called Węglówka, where we plan to have a life close to nature, start a small farm and maybe host guests in the future.
We have also tried living in Tokyo, Japan, for 6 months. And Paweł lived in Finland for 2 years and South Africa for 1.5 years. We have travelled around Europe, and love meeting new people, learning about new cultures and would love to share experiences with people that would want to come to Poland.
We are also very creative, we love to recycle and reuse, create furniture out of old pieces of wood, restore old furniture. Paweł creates lovely things on a leathe and Anna paints pictures and other things on canvas and wood. We have artistic souls.
Our new house needs finishing, the land is hilly and rocky, but the views from the house are breathtaking. There is lots of walking trails in the mountains around us and we are only 1 hour away by car from Kraków. You benefit from clean air, amazing views and lots of walking and hiking possibilities. Also skiing in winter. We are surrounded by forests, and farm animals but also if you are lucky you will see some wild animals.
Our 5 year old daughter would love to practice her language skills, and so would we.
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Life in a small village, in the middle of nowhere, but with possible access to big city for sightseeing. Lots of walking and hiking routes near the house. There is also an astronomical observatory close to us - you can book a space for a night time sky watching! And a skiing centre is close by, for winter activity.
We speak English fluently. So language practice is possible.
Contact with our friends, neighbours and family, so lots of new people to meet. - We are sociable and would love you to join us in the evenings, have a campfire together or join in during family gatherings or if we have friends around. At the same time, we are happy that we both need some "alone" time, so all to be discussed.
Possible some teaching practice if you would like to share your language with us and other people in the village. Maybe a visit to a local school to talk to them about you :) I have lots of ideas so everything is possible :D
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Update July: We have had some busy times helping refugees from Ukraine, but now desperately need help in late August / September to help me (Ania) look after our girls. I have reached a stage when I am really tired and need help on daily basis. Because of the nature of Pawel's work he is busy until about 6 pm- 6.30 pm. Main help would be needed in the afternoons. We can either have a child each to look after :) or do something together. I hope that if you stay with us, you can be quite independent,,,,energetic and somehow creative. Sophie is a demanding child, very nice and friendly but also a chatterbox, thinks she is the boss, she has some difficulties that I can share with you in a private message. She likes spending time with young women, and if you are good with kids and can be patient with her, it could be a great adventure. It is quite important to be able to drive here- otherwise you are stuck in the middle of the forest- we love it but it has proofed a challenge for some people. You will stay in a separate small flat, with a small kitchen annexe and own bathroom. We will give pocket money I can offer for 6 hours a day help 200 euro per month - to be discussed privately. Sophie was born in England, can speak little english, and with a bit of practice would probably pick up very fast.
If you think the above sounds like a good fit for you please get in touch !
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Small studio flat with own bathroom. It is not very well furnished yet, but will have a bed and some form of storage space for your clothes etc. - will be discussed before you arrive. Wi-fi in the house. Own entry. Outside space to enjoy nice weather - again, will be used just by you (if you wish).
There is lots to do and see. Plenty of contact with nature, plus bigger cities around us to sightsee. Kraków is one hour away by car (about 50 km away) and Wieliczka salt mine is 40 mins by car (35 km), to name the few.
I would like the person that chooses us to be able to drive-otherwise it will not be possible to help me with all I need.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Very good internet connection despite living in the middle of nowhere:)
5 hours a day, 5 days a week, maximum 25 hours, with two full days off
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