Hello Workaway traveller!
We are looking for a loving, patient, English speaking woman willing to live with us for 2 months in the summer when the schools are closed. We would like her to help us to raise our two young children in an open, multicultural, and welcoming atmosphere, while also teaching them English. We are Italian and returned to Italy last year after having lived abroad (USA and UK) for 12 years. Our girl is now 2 years old and our son is 4 years old.
We are looking for someone loving and warm, who adores children and wants to become part of our family.
We have big families and lots of friends, and love to have people around.
Our house is located in a village just outside the city centre of Reggio Emilia, in the Emilia Romagna region in North Italy, strategically located to easily reach Milan, Florence, and Rome with high speed train.
The house is close to our family's farm producing the famous Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
Our traveller will experience Italian family life in North Italy. She will have time to travel and to learn Italian. She will have mornings free.
The house is located in Roncadella, a small village just outside the city centre of Reggio Emilia, in the Emilia Romagna region in North Italy (closest airport Bologna). From the house it takes 10 minutes by car and 30 minutes by bus to reach the historical city centre of Reggio Emilia. The high speed train from Reggio Emilia’s train station takes 45 minute to Milan, 1 hour to Florence, 2 hours and 1/2 to Rome.
If interested, our traveller will be exposed to country life as our house is very close to dad family's farm, which produces milk used to prepare the famous Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
At the same time, she will be able to easily reach the historical city centre of Reggio Emilia, which has a very rich cultural life (theatre and ballet) and beautiful shops.
In addition, Reggio Emilia is famous in the world for the "Reggio Emilia educational approach" for preschool and primary education. Therefore if our traveller is interested in pedagogy she will have plenty of opportunities to be exposed to this philosophy.
The traveller will have to look after our children in the afternoon. She may be asked to accompanying children to activities (i.e. swimming) and to occasionally help with children In the evening.
Please note that we will be happy to pay a small sum per month (similar to the poket money usually given to au pairs).
• some previous experience as nanny or babysitter for children aged 2-4
• Warm, compassionate, patient, and willing to love children unconditionally
• Native English speaker or perfectly fluent in English
• Able to play an instrument (we have a piano) and/or to paint, interested in art
• Love for country life
• Love for Parmigiano Reggiano and Italian food
MORE ABOUT US:
Our girl is cuddly and very alert. Our toddler is ehaustingly chatty (he can currently speak Italian and English and we'd like to keep him bilingual), loves reading, singing and “roughhousing”. Mum is a 42-yo neurologist and works full-time as clinical academic at the University. She has on-call commitments but flexible working hours. Dad is 42-yo, works as enterprise architect and travels abroad frequently.
We have a lot of friends and we love to invite those who live locally for dinner and those who live abroad to stay with us during their holidays. We also both have very large families who live locally, with several nephews and nieces aged 10 to 22. We love travelling, cinema, and music. Dad loves sports. Mum is an avid reader.
Above all, we love people and believe in the power of travelling as a way to contribute creating peace in the world. We would like for our children to become compassionate, open-minded, and respectful of diversity.
The traveller will have her private large bedroom with ensuite bathroom (shower, no bath tube) on our ground-floor flat (250 square mt) in a recently renovated farmhouse. There is a large garden and potential to create a vegetable garden.
The traveller will be be able to reach the historical city centre of Reggio Emilia in 10 minute driving or 30 minutes by public transportation.
We will be happy to cook for everybody including our traveller.
We have hosted two wonderful Workaway travellers: we went to visit one at her place after she finished her stay and the other one came back to visit us one year after her stay. This is to say that we do like to keep contact. We also used to have baby sitters and au pairs when living in London (we were always told that we are super-easy to work with ;-).
We are very social and will be happy to introduce our traveller to our friends and families, and invite her to our social gatherings.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week