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We are both hard-working professionals, Boise natives, super active (hiking, skiing, biking, boating) and we are recently empty nesters. We have 3 extra rooms in a great house in Hyde Park (North End Boise) which is less than a mile from downtown and really the best and most coveted area to live. We are improving the 1941 house with projects here and there, and we hire a lot of it out. We have a unique backyard/patio and garden. We can always use help, and our kids are doing Workaways abroad, so we thought why not try this out. We have recently had a few high school exchange students from Spain and France and we absolutely loved it. My wife has lived in France, is very fluent in French and she also speaks Spanish. If you are driven, fun, genuine and positive, let's chat about what you need and we can see what we can come up with here at the home to help each other. Our goal is definitely more to help create a positive mutual experience than it is about work.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We love hosting foreigners and young people. We feel that sharing our space, mentoring, and bringing down boarders is key to the community. We have so much to share and offer, and we love Boise and Idaho, and want you to have an amazing experience and grow while here. Our goal would be to have develop a relationship and 20 years from now meet and share stories about these great times in the past.
My wife has lived in France, is very fluent in French and she also speaks Spanish. She still visits her exchange students from the 1980's and now her son is carrying the tradition with the awesome families and relationships.
The help needed is random, and varies day to day. We work hard and we play hard, and the little things get neglected, so a little help is appreciated. We travel a lot, never have time for cooking, we hire out the cleaning and a lot of yard work, but there are all kinds of small personal tasks like running errands, weeding, keeping the patio clear of tree debris, organizing the home, walking our two smaller dogs in the awesome foothills trails next to our house, and likely other things we haven't even thought of yet. I would guess this wouldn't be a work-intensive experience. We have recently purchased 82 acres of forest land about 1 hour from our house and will be setting up an "eco dome" center, to be run off solar and well water, and 100% self sustainable. We are breaking ground for building the platforms and assembling the domes in July/Aug 2020 if you are handy or interested. It is really breathtaking beautiful forest land next to the world famous rafting and kayaking Payette River and natural hot springs.
We have two rooms on the top floor, very private, bathroom and shower is on main floor, the house is super cool and walking distance, a few blocks from great cafe's, pubs, hiking and biking trails etc. You would have your own bed and bathroom/shower.
We have a fantastic kitchen, we work a lot so many times we go out to dinner but we love to cook. Cooking healthy meals is something we wish we had more time to do but we just don't. This is an area we might be able to use some help on.
All I will say is research Boise, if you like to ski, hike, raft, kayak and bike, this is a great place.
No smokers, we have two dogs (wiener dog and rat terrier) and two cats.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
2 hours a day, 3 days a week