Come be part of a genuine warm close family in Eastbourne, on the south coast of England

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a family of 4. Two parents (both with TEFL qualifications!) ; both work full-time; two young adult daughters who are University age. We have a Border Collie who is beautifully behaved and is 11 years old. In addition we have a current home help who will leave us at the beginning of August. We would like someone who could come mid- August - for as long as possible/ suits!


    We live in Eastbourne, pop. 100,000, on the south coast of England, close to town. There is a beautiful and popular Promenade along the seafront. There is a National Park which starts at our back garden and continues for nearly 200 miles. The coast consists of the world famous Seven Sisters white chalk cliffs and miles of beautiful walks. There are lovely old English villages nearby and other amenities.

    Our girls are lovely, fun, friendly; helpful with English; have always made friends of our helpers. We are still very close to many of our previous au pairs who visit us and keep in touch with us.

    We have a cleaner who comes twice per week for 2 hours.

    Our previous au-pairs and workaways are very happy to give us a reference.

    The help that we need is with general light housework (bed-making in the morning; tidying the kitchen; clearing up after breakfast; walking the dog for only about 15 mins as he has painful arthritis; also general tidying up; including washing, hanging out; ironing sheets once per week; occasional shirt ironing). This 'housework' profile is very 'broad brush'. In principle, we need help to keep the house going whilst the adults are out at work all day. We would really value someone who can be flexible - as we will be with you. We can discuss further details when we talk.

    Then you would be free to attend classes, sight-see; meet friends; etc. In the afternoon we need another short 15 minute or so dog walk; and the preparation of a simple evening meal.

    In exchange we offer a genuine warm close family who can include a new Workaway person in our family life and activities. We are very happy to teach English too. Also the workaway-er could attend English or other classes in the town.

    About 6 of our previous au pairs including our current one are happy to give us a reference!

    Please do not hesitate to ask us any questions you may have.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    In exchange we offer a genuine warm close family who can include a new Workaway person in our family life and activities. We are very happy to teach English too. Also the workaway-er could attend English or other classes in the town.

    We live in Eastbourne, pop. 100,000, on the south coast of England, close to town. There is a beautiful and popular Promenade along the seafront. There is a National Park which starts at our back garden! and continues for nearly 200 miles. The coast consists of the world famous Seven Sisters white chalk cliffs and miles of beautiful walks. There are beautiful old English villages nearby (for example, Alfriston; Seaford; Rye). There is also nearby the world famous De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill. There is a huge forest nearby (Friston) and a large wood called Abbots Wood for walks; running; dog walking and other amenities.

  • Help

    Help

    We are both out at work all day usually until early evening.

    The help that we need is with light housework (bed-making in the morning; clearing up after breakfast; general tidying up). Then you would be free to attend classes, sight-see; meet friends; etc. In the afternoon we need the preparation of a simple evening meal for everyone.

    An important aspect of the help we need is with our dog. He is sweet, patient, placid, lovely ! He is 11.5 years old. Lately he has developed significant and painful arthritis and can no longer walk like he used to. So now he needs 3 (if he can!) x short (15 mins) walks per day......

    We also have a cleaner who comes twice a week.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English; Spanish; Croatian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Own single bedroom; bathroom shared with one family member who will be abroad from September until December; and then January to June 2020). All the rest of the house/ garden is shared. We always eat evening meals together and all meals at the weekend. We usually eat breakfast together (depending on who is getting up for work or having a lie-in at the weekend!). We eat lunch and dinner together at the weekends. All food/snack/beverages etc is included in our hosting package.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is a bus which stops about 15 minutes away. We are about 1 mile from the centre of town; and from the train / bus station. We usually either walk (although we have bicycles for you to use) or we give each other lifts to and from town. There are trains to London; they take 1.5 hours and depart every 30 mins. Trains to Brighton take 40 mins (3 per hours from Eastbourne). Buses to Brighton take about 1 hour: the route along the coast is beautiful. There are trains (3 per hour) and also buses to Hastings (to see the Old Town; the Castle; the Net Houses; and more). Also 3 trains per hour which take about 20 minutes from the beautiful and historic town of Lewes. We are also about 1 hour 20 mins by train from the beautiful historic town of Rye.

    We are 1 mile from the beach where there are two groups of Sea Swimmers who swim all year round. There are two municipal swimming pools (one about 1 mile away; the other slightly further). We have bicycles which you are welcome to borrow. There are 3 cinemas in town; 2 of which show ' Art House' / Foreign Language movies.

    It goes without saying that we are respectful, kind, compassionate; sensitive to each others' needs; clean; (although possibly untidy!) etc etc

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week









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