We are a German family living in Brussels. Both parents are working and the three children (8, 7 and 3 years of age) attend to school, kindergarten and day care.
We try to live as ecologically as possible: daily cyclists with no car in the house, ecological food and recycling and upcycling of things. For the last year we have been renovating our house in an eco-friendly way, there are now smaller projects left..
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
Brussels is a very interesting city to be; as the capital of Europe there is a lot to be discovered in terms of politics, different cultures, art and events. We have been living in this city for more than a decade and are well connected and knowledgeable and are very happy to show people around and to give them hints on what to do - be it in Brussels or Belgium.
As we are Germans the traveller might also get to experience a bit of our German traditions.
We can help with finding a language class, provide a bike and share in general our knowledge on ecological living, organic farming, literature and everything that is of common interest.
We are looking for someone to move in with us to help us in making a busy family life more relaxed. A third adult who can join hands and soul in our life with three relatively small kids.
Ideally the workawayer would be available to pick up our children threee times a week from their school buses respectively kindergarten. Both are in walking distance, about 10-15 minutes. That would be around 3.50pm. Afterwards the workawayer keeps the children good company: goes to the playground, supervises homework, plays, starts preparing supper... until the parents get home around 6.30 pm. Also additional babysitting once a week in the evening would be nice.
As we are still busy finalising last projects in the house we would love to find someone handy. E.g. someone to help us with some ongoing wood projects- we still need to build a couple of shelves. Or for help in setting up our little garden.
Also helping with general household chores would be a great help.
We are looking for someone with experience in the above described areas, someone responsible with an eye for details. The children can communicate in German and French and understand Dutch reasonably well - so someone with these language skills would be best. We give preference to people who can stay several months.
German, French, Dutch, English (children do not speak English...)
Depending on when you will arrive we will be able to offer you a room of your own or a bed in our office.
As to food: we will surely find out what is best for all of us. During the week breakfasts are fast and the traveller might want to take more time once the family has left the house. We will only be back in the late afternoon/evening and could share dinner then. For the weekend it will be different as there is more time. Probably it's the easiest if the traveller just helps her/himself for whatever s/he feels like. There will be plenty of food, for sure.
You'll find everything in Brussels: Language courses but also anything else from sports to cooking to handicraft work. There are many museums and exhibtions as well as an abundance of events. City life and nature are both possible.
You can get to all other parts of Belgium easily by train or even consider taking a train to the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, UK...
Public transport is very convenient from our place and you can also borrow one of our bikes.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day, 5 days a week, some help during the weekend