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We are a family of four and live in Reggio Emilia, in Italy. Sara (me), Mauro (my husband), Adele (born 2014), Marcello (born 2016) are the members of this family.
We are easy-going people, very sociable, rooted in this town which has been hometown for many
generations for both of us. We are also lovers of the mountains around us, the Appennino
Reggiano, where Mauro’s family comes from.
We spend most of our little free time either with family, or friends or travelling or at Mauro’s
holiday house in Marola in the Appennines.
Mauro is a very sociable person, he loves sport and action; we all often travel to places where he is
involved in open-sea or -lake swimming competitions, and we like taking a few week-ends off
along the year to enjoy beautiful sea or lake places in Italy following his competition places.
Me, Sara, I am a person who likes to be with others, who loves foreign languages, and everything
which comes from another Country or another culture, basically everything that is different. This is
the main reason why my occupation is based on daily international exchanges. My job includes welcoming educators from all over the world and helping them getting oriented through the weeks of professional development they spend in Reggio Emilia at the International Centre.
Reggio Emilia is in fact hometown also to professor Loris Malaguzzi, famous educator who gave
birth to the Reggio Emilia world-known preschools and infant-toddler centres. Our children attend
one of those schools of course.
Adele, our older daughter, is a sweet little girl… a little introvert just at the beginning, then her character
unrolls and comes out as she becomes friend with someone, she makes easily friends; she is a very determined person. She is at the moment very passionate about letters and numbers, that’s because she is in her last
preschool year… but as many girls, she also loves “being” a princess or making herself nice with a
particular hair style or wearing jewellery or dressing up.
Marcello, our second-born does not want to be second to anyone of course, and is very active and
determined (even stubborn), he loves action play, being funny and “on the stage” at all time, he
has a fervid imagination and likes to create stories with his toy characters and animals. He also
loves his older sister, and follows her wherever she goes.
This was about us…
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
We are happy to exchange on language skills, and to help our guest practice and learn Italian. We are glad to help our guest getting to know the place and the surroundings. We can share some cooking experience of Italian food.
What do we expect from the workawayer?
We would like our guest/volunteer to help us mainly with Adele and Marcello. Mauro and I work 36 to 40 hours per week and need sometimes an extra help, in for example picking the children up in school and stay with them until we get home, walking them to the library, or to the playground or home or other places in town where they can spend an enjoyable time with an “older sister/brother”. Needless to say that we prefer people with experience with children, who are aware of what it means to be with them and let them play or enjoy other activities, though being
prepared to their “no’s” and rejections, but also being motivated and willing to put oneself into play and not just simply looking after them. Own initiative is very appreciated.
We are based in Italy so we all speak Italian. We speak English too and the children are familiar
with an English-speaking environment. We expect the workawayer to be as much fluent in English
as to feel at ease using it at all time with our children.
*We prefer ENGLISH NATIVE SPEAKERS*
During the summer period, when we are not on vacation the children attend a summer camp in town and
spend a lot of time at grandma’s house (3 km away from where we live) with pool and a big
garden where they love to play and look after cats and dog and obviously swim. That is why we
expect the workawayer to have basic swimming skills in order to guarantee them a certain level of
How long can we host?
We can welcome helpers even for a relatively short time, but please do not consider our availability to just
borrow a one-night stay or a few-days stay along your trip through Italy. We would like to give a sort of
continuity to children, therefore we are thinking of one-month stays just to give a rough idea, but
we are open to adjust this length according your needs or intentions.
How many hours per day or week?
The hours per day we ask the workawayer to help us is 4-5 per day, week-ends are free.
We need help mostly during the afternoons, but we may ask to look after the children one evening here and there, instead of day. We are flexible in leaving days off or longer week-ends. At the same time, we are happy to invite our helper in our week-end activities if she/he wishes to.
Regarding our habits...
Daily schedule: during weekdays we wake up a little after 6 am and wake children up at 7 am normally. We go to bed (or we put children to bed) pretty early, like between 9 and 10 pm. Saturdays and Sundays are of course another story.
Mauro is home around 6:30-7:00 pm, Sara's timetable varies, but I work 36 to 40 hours per week. Children are in school from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.
Meals: We usually do not eat lunch at home, but our guests can cook their meals. We usually have dinner altogether at 7:00 or 8:00 pm. We follow a mediterranean pretty varied diet.
Italian, English, German, Spanish, little French
We can offer a single private bedroom, the apartment has 2 bathrooms. Our house is not huge, it is a 100 squared meters apartment and we use all its space.
Because the children share a room, the guest room will be available for the helper.
Since we moved there recently, part of the house is still not completely fully furnished, therefore we may have things in the guest bedroom, that we might need to take from time to time.
Our house is located in the very first outskirt of the town, that is everything is easily reachable by bike, by bus or even on foot. The bus stop is just a one-minute walk from the house. We also have a bicycle trolley, very useful to take children around or carry some shopping stuff. From Reggio you can quickly reach Parma, Modena, Bologna, Milan, the Alps or even the seaside. The nearby mountains (the Appennines and the Bismantova Rock for example) offer beautiful nature and sport possibilities (biking, hiking, climbing...). We are available to drive our guest to nearby places when it is possible and are more than happy to help getting oriented in town.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 4/5 days a week