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Hi Volunteers, greetings! We are a family with two young boys and two teenagers age 8 to 15. They lost their Dad, my ex-partner for 16 years not long ago and we have just moved to this new area near Geneva last year. There are many new changes in our lives. We need help building our new life here.
I am looking for someone who is trustworthy, open-minded, and enthusiastic with our boys, who can cook, and housework so I can organize our lives. We moved from Narbonne where we lived 5 years there. I would like this person to have enough interests and interactions in our lives and have the understanding that things won't always be easy managing 4 boys (But not to say that we are not fun-loving family:)).
We are a bilingual multicultural family (English, French) and hopefully more Chinese (my mother tongue), Japanese (anime effect!), Russian, Spanish and German and many more. Culture or Language exchange is very encouraged with us.
The children are going to local schools. (Summer Vacation July - August and holidays schedules will be different)
On school days, you will need to walk the youngest one who is 8 to school and back. All the children are quite independent and lots of fun. They take turns to cook at night so don't stress too much about being a MasterChef but a great cook is always appreciated! We eat 95% plant-based foods still transitioning into vegan. So please take this into considerations.
We are very close to Geneva (30 minutes) and Anncey (an hour). There are so many nice hiking trails and beautiful places to visit on your off time. During the winter season, we are situated 20 mins from 2 ski hills. If you are a skier or a snowboarder, this is the right place for you.
Thank you in advance for your interest.
Looking forward to hearing from you or even better, meeting you in person!
(No smokers please!)
Warmest Regards to all of you!
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We have traveled and lived in many different countries before. We can adapt to the language you would like to improve to communicate with you. We are very open people so you could feel at ease with us easily. (The boys are all very inquisitive and lively but need guidance in their lives. I hope you will participate in helping them seeing different cultures and outlook on life. And last but not least to witness the positive changes in them during your stay.)
The children are fluent in French, English and speak a little Chinese. I'm trying to get their Chinese back. Between all four of them, they are learning Russian, Spanish, German, Italian and Chinese. They would love to learn about other cultures and languages too! We have gotten a piano as a Christmas present but lessons are very expansive so they are just playing with it on their own. They would very much like someone who can play the piano or other instruments to show them how it's done correctly. (But this is not a must) . Summertime, the whole village is our playground, swimming, skateboarding, rollerblading, hiking, tennis, basketball, soccer to name a few. In the winter, they enjoy snowboarding and skiing so if you could accompany them to these activities, it's definitely a plus! We do train and workouts regularly at home. They love anime and video games of course. So if you have knowledge of this, they'd be happy to have some exchange of ideas (but currently there is no video game allowed at home). They are also very creative. If you are good with hands-on projects, writing stories, making music with the computer, origami or any kind of special talent that you have they would enjoy learning from you. They enjoy having someone to play and interact with them very much. I've started teaching kids how to cook on their own a few years ago but we definitely welcome someone who can improve our cooking/baking skills and broaden our vegetarian menu:)
English, French, and Chinese.
We live in a spacious three-story village house. There is a room designated for you (sometimes shared with another workawayer if there are two) You will have wifi to stay connected.
We are located less than 30Kms from Geneva, 35-40 minutes from Lake Leman (There are many beautiful towns along the lake like Thonon-les-bains, Evian-les-bains, Excenevez, Yvoire. We are lucky enough to be surrounded by the endless amount of trails to hike in the summertime and plenty of reasonably-priced ski hills in the winter. If you love nature, this is definitely a paradise for you. Of course, there is Geneva right next door and Italy being 2.5 hours away also. We encourage you to take your off-days to explore what the beautiful region has to offer. I hope that you will have a chance to visit this part of France one day.
À bientôt j'espère.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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