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Current availability (SOME PAID DAYS): I need somone that can stay until at least the 24th of July and be dog friendly, their will be some days where a supplementary wage will be paid for helping with the dogs as I (Harry) will be alone and we are fuilly booked. The work on these days will be focussed around the dogs only.
Just before I begin and to save time: We are only able to accommodate Females for child care because part of the work is to care for my daughter in the bathroom and in the swimming room changing rooms. Also main focus at present is a tutor in Physics and or Mathematics (for 12 year olds so not too complex).
(Term Time) Weekdays M T T F from first thing in the morning to 5PM are your free time, evenings is where the focus will be for 2 to 3 hours and a Wednesdays full day but not exceeding the 25 hours. Sometimes weekends will be needed instead also and days off will be weekdays.
(School holidays) We have so flexibility during school holidays over more than 2 days off so you get to explore more and it is more relaxed as no real school work to complete but we discuss this with each workaway when we make arrangments.
If you want to know what others say about us please do check out our reviews as I like to think they tell the story of who we actually are far more than what I write here :)
The good stuff:
We are Benedicte and Harry and we have 2 children Quentin (12) and Temperance (10) and 2 dogs, Tilly (7) and Ella (9), and our random friendly doggies.
If you are fun, open, and friendly to be around and love to spend time with kids and dogs in a chilled-out crazy house, and have a great sense of humor then please read on.
We are looking for a person who can tutor in math and physics to a 12 year old as these 2 subjects are ones my son is struggling with. We are only looking for a female Workaway as while it is not child care we do ask for you to look after my daughter while she has a shower/bath and hair wash and swimming baths. We can only consider single travelers at this time.
We are looking for some assistance with a mix of the tasks below based around the house. There may be times we are doing other little jobs not listed.
The daytime is your own time and the days off are flexible . The evenings are mainly helping kids with homework then onto activities. Most weekdays the time is only 2 or 3 hours long, Wednesday afternoons the kids have no school though so that is longer but we never ask for more than 25 hours as you will see from our reviews.
During the summer holidays/school holidays the hours are during the day, generally afternoon and evening so the morning is yours to do as you want 3 hours afternoon 2 hours evening). Activity-based, playing with kids day trips (theme parks) and some small work around the house. At least some french is a benefit. (Please see rest of profile)
FYI: Theme park days are an all-day thing and are more of a fun day out as a family so are seen as one of your days off (we pay for all tickets, passes, food) During school holidays we try to keep days off to the weekends (school weeks we ask for days off during the week Mon/Tues or Thurs/Fri.
(This part is currently on hold as we are only looking for a tutor at present)
(Optional jobs if you have some DIY skills) We are also looking for people to help me and my wife put up shelving, build a chicken house and fence ready for some battery farm hens we are going to be rescuing once we have done the work, plus we have other building jobs going on all the time, walls, fencing, Decorating, etc.
We are primarily a host family. If you are not looking to socialize for a few hours a day we are not the place for you so please be sure you are happy to socialize before agreeing to visit. While 75% of our language in the house is spoken in French, my wife and my children are all speaking both English and French. I have a very good understanding of verbal French but still, today struggle to actually speak French. We can offer to mainly converse in French especially with Benedicte and the Children and we can help you learn both French or English (or both). We cannot offer FULL English or French immersion as we are a bilingual family but we can work to converse mainly in one language most of the time (apart from me I only speak a little French)
Good French would be beneficial for helping with homework and also for visiting places as many places you might visit on your days off may not speak anything but French. While we will take people who speak no French, we would prefer people with some French as French is the natural language of 3 quarters of our household and nearly all our friends speak little or no English.
Our preferred period for visits is 1 month but we will look at 2 weeks for the right Workaway, as we feel you cannot get to know people properly until you have spent a few days in their company and we feel it is a very good starting point. We do a trial for a few days at the start to make sure all is okay on both sides though.
English speaking is essential but your actual level is not an issue so long as you can communicate.
You can be either Fluent in French and Basic/intermediate English, or English (intermediate and upwards) with any level of French so long as you can speak some English. There will be plenty of opportunities to practice your French and English if you want to as well. We would discuss this on our video call.
My wife and children speak French and English (French is natural to them). My hobbies are dogs and computers, walking and reading. I also love to have a laugh and good discussions with Workaways if they want to. My wife loves dogs, reading, and going to the mountain and crafts (she and her friend make decorations in glass jars), our children, walking, and having a good conversation. We both love cooking and are very relaxed.
MEALS / FOOD:
We cater to all main meals only and wil lalso cater for you if you opt to stay home on some of your days off. We can cater to vegetarians, but weer cannot cater to extremely fussy eaters but we are always happy to discuss this. We ask all meals be taken with the family where we are eating together or with the kids (sometimes I do not always eat in the evenings)
Breakfast: Cereals or toast/ croissant with butter, jam (when we have them)/ marmalade or chocolate spread/powder
Lunch: We eat our main course hot meal as the kids have a 3 /4-course lunch at school
Dinner: Normally a lighter meal on school nights but there is always food available to cook.
Outside of these meals, it is down to the Workaway to provide their own extras/snacks.
Any questions regarding anything else please do discuss them before booking.
Our house is 100% a smoke-free environment.
We have lots of dogs. The dogs do all live in our house so being very comfortable around gentle dogs is a must. You are welcome to cuddle them and spend time with them and give out free belly rubs.
if you have any questions please do reach out and we will give you our whats-app / Facebook messenger details for a video chat
Benedicte, Harry, Temperance, Quentin and (Dogs)
This next part is essential so please do read this as it's important. Sorry if it's repetitive.
* Females only please as there is some personal care for my daughter involved.
* Spanish would be helpful to help my son but not at all a requirement to visit our family.
* We can only accommodate solo travelers.
* We CANNOT help get you a work visa, but we are happy to accept travels with work visas in place.
* 100% we will need a copy of your ID/passport
* We require to see booked tickets before we accept any bookings.
* We only currently accept people coming with a clear negative COVID test less than 72 hours old (or Covid Passport)
* A sense of humor is 100% a must in our home if you are easily offended we are not the place for you.
* Please be aware we are a regular house and have our quirks like any family (we are also a huggy family)
* We have lots of dogs so an allergy to dust or dog hair must be considered.
* We 100% video chat with Workaways before we offer a space in our home.
* The minimum period is 2 weeks. (we prefer 4)
* For me Punctuality and communication are key when it comes to being ready, setting up video chats, some jobs that have time frames, IE kids shower, food times, etc and while we are very relaxed I see this as a key thing we look for within a Workaway when we need it.
Babysitting and creative play
You can learn some French, I can teach you about dogs if you want and how to handle many dogs from many different families in one space. (it is not easy if you do not understand dogs)
We do ask that if you are looking to come to stay with our family that you are able to socialize with us. Helping and eating and spending the rest of the time in the bedroom upstairs is not what we are about and honestly, we want this to be a cultural exchange and for it not to feel like all people do is work and nothing else.
They can learn French and/or English with my children and wife and can experience life in the area we live and get to see the sights and Pic du midi (if they are interested), learn about life in France and share experiences with us, can also talk about the business and how it runs and we are open to most discussions.
If there is anything, in particular, you would like to
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Like living in your own family home, general help around the house, dishes, cleaning, helping with food if you can cook, any other little jobs we have going.
This host offers a language exchange
English and French and my Son (plus my daughter) would welcome Spanish speakers.
Bedroom with a double bed and other furnishings. You have your own shower room with a toilet but others do use the toilet (mainly at night). The shower is just for you. it is not connected to your room.
there are lots of places to go and visit, bus / train car rides away. Toulouse, Lourdes, The mountains and many other places.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We could house a small camper van so please give dimensions.
5 hours per day 5 days per week
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