Hello, dear workawaers!
We are a family of three - Maria (38), Andriy (41) and Sasha (13). We are experienced workawayers - every summer we are trevelling a lot to see new places and meet people and all the other time (autumn, winter and spring) we are a host-family.
I work in Kharkov National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture as a Professor. My husband Andriy is a VoIP engineer (he works in Kiev, and come home for weekends). Our daughter Sasha is 13 years old and 8 grade of school.
We have an apartment in the very city center of Kharkov in Ukraine. Kharkov is the second-largest city in Ukraine with up to 2 million inhabitants, it has a lot of possibilities for everybody - cultural, entertainment, cuisine, shopping, music and sport.
Also, we have two green parks near our home. Kharkiv is a peaceful and safe city with free Wifi mostly everywhere)))
We are welcoming a female workawaer (sorry guys!) because we can offer only a sharing room with our daughter (shared for day and privat for night). The main work will be teaching languages - German or Franch or Spanish or any other for Sasha and English for me.
Also, Sasha can help you with German and English if you need to improve them.
We are quite relaxed and non-demanding hosts! No hard and dirty work! Just enjoy your being in Ukraine like a guest!
If you are interested to earn some money during your workaway trip, I can help to arrange some job - paid language lessons with my friends.
Babysitting / child care
Besides sharing our lifestyle and Ukrainian welcoming we can arrange some interesting trips to the countryside and to Kiev the capital of Ukraine. Your back trip can be from Lviv (Lemberg) so you can visit it too. OR! We have the Black Sea in Ukraine))) It is possible to arrange the swimming in it too (in summer)!
The main help will be speaking languages (teaching?) - German (advanced) or Franch (beginner) or Spanish (beginner) to Sasha. Also playing games with her, walking, doing some other activity that you can do with the kid.
We are not asking you for hard and dirty work but of course, you are expected to take some part in our daily routine - wash the dish after the meal, maintain your room clean, help with cooking.
If you want to earn some money by giving language practice lessons we can arrange this.
Beside your volunteering in our family, we can help you to find some kids or students who need speaking practice.
In Ukraine, you can get at least 3 USD per hour for this work. Not too much but you can get a nice dinner in a cafe for this money or manicure or...
Life here is very cheap.
English, Russian, Ukrainian, German, French (by Sasha)
We have an apartment with two rooms, a big kitchen, and WC, so we can offer only sharing a room with our daughter. But you will share it only during the day and have it privat for night because Sasha will sleep in my room. There is a very comfortable sofa in it and we are not too much talkative - so you will have enough private time and calmness.
Meals are provided!
In general Ukrainian cuisine is very delicious and healthy. But as an experienced workawayer, I want to describe to you the main diet of our family that you know what to expect :-)
We aren't vegetarians but trying to keep a healthy diet and will respect your food preferences. Our breakfast usually includes some porridge with eggs or cottage cheese with raisins. Lunch - borcsht or soup with sandwiches. Dinner - pasta or potato with sausages or some meet, vegetables. Some fruits and sweats included. Coffee, tea also.
Of course, this is all flexible and we will be glad to hear your wishes and to taste dishes cooked by you!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 2-4 hours a day