I'm a home birth midwife and massage therapist living in Hampshire, UK (about an hour SW of London) with my home educated (gamer) son 16, 1 cat, 2 kittens, 4 chickens and a friendly Labrador called Romeo. We have a self contained caravan in the garden with a king sized bed, little kitchen, and toilet and enjoy having guests from other places. I'm originally from the USA and travel around the world catching babies when I'm not home in England.
We have a wide variety of interests. I swim on a swim team. Elliot is a big footballer and is massively into gaming. We all love animals, the cinema and enjoying life in general.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
We are happy to help you with English skills (USA and UK!). I also speak a little Spanish. We can show you around and you can be immersed in our culture. That said, we have had some workawayers who prefer the seclusion of our rural space and their own caravan to have some peace and keep to themselves. THis is up to you.
I am flexible to let you help to pick and choose how you would like to contribute to our family/house.
I want to expose my son, Elliot, to new and interesting people who can give him another perspective of the world. If you enjoy sports or sport related therapies or could teach him to play the guitar that would be great. Do you have a passion you could share? Autonomy is important to Elliot he does not like 'teaching' but rather a sharing of ideas and experience. If the two of you don't gel then there is plenty of other jobs to do.
I work a lot and my house is in desperate need of attention. I'd love to grow things and build eco buildings and such. It's great if you can use your initiative to help me with ideas.
I need someone to do some day to day cleaning/hoovering and there are lots of 'projects' and deep cleans that could be done. See something that needs attention? Great!
We love to try new food and would like for our guest to be able to cook dinner or lunch on most days if possible. I will keep the cupboards and fridge stocked with healthy food (prefer no junk food, or to be kept in your room out of site). We tend to eat when we're hungry and so don't necessarily have meals together. Elliot can also cook and I'm happy to do this together too.
King bed in your own caravan. The caravan is cold in the winter but there is a heater and you are welcome to hang out in the house of course. We live in a 3 bedroom farm cottage with a large garden. We are very near a pub but about 3 miles from the nearest market town (which has most things) and a train connection to London. I'm happy to taxi. THere may be a bicycle available. Only requirement is that you're a non-cigarette smoker (or occasional one outside could be tolerated).
We are just over an hour outside of London (there is a train from Alton, the local town) and 40 minutes from Stonehenge. There are thatched cottages and Jane Austen's house is a few miles away. We are lucky to have miles and miles of public footpaths to hike and enjoy the countryside. The back garden overlooks fields and there are cows acoss the street.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
3-5 hours per day