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We are looking for a fun, kind yet firm volunteer to stay for 2-3 months.
1. We can host 1 Workawayer (preferably female)
3. Minimum stay of 2 months but prefer 3 + months
We live in the Fraser Valley, surrounded by mountains, lakes and rivers, 1 hr east of Vancouver. We have 3 beautiful, funny, active kids, 2 girls and a boy ages 9, 7, & 6. My husband is a firefighter and I am a French teacher. We have hosted au pairs for 5 years and several Workawayers so we are used to and enjoy welcoming people from different cultures! My husband grew up in Ireland and we have both lived and travelled extensively abroad. We are looking for one Workawayer who would like to stay with us for preferably 3 months.
Switching workawayers too often is hard on the children as we all get attached and welcome you into our family! The ideal Workawayer is someone who will build a connection with our family by playing with the kids, joining us for dinner and the occasional outing. You would have lots of free time to explore the beautiful surroundings. Our ice skating/hockey rink is a five minute walk away, and the fitness Centre/wave pool is right next to it. A 15 min walk takes you to the cinema, restaurants, shops, yoga studio. We love to head to one of the local rivers or lakes on weekends to play, swim, explore, go for walks or bike rides. We enjoy working out at the YMCA-even the kids do classes there! We love to ski in the winter and have room in our van if you'd like to come.
The house can be noisy when the kids are home so you must love kids though you have privacy on the ground floor. We are low-key and fairly chill once they go to bed. We like to keep a tidy house (as much as we can with 3 kids!) and expect our guest to do likewise.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We are a pretty average fun-loving Canadian family. We are down-to-earth and love family time and relaxing after working hard at our jobs. You would get a good sense of what life is like in Canada if you joined our family! I speak English and am also a French teacher so I am happy to help you practice those two languages.
We spend a lot of time outdoors.
My husband and I enjoy playing card and board games and watching movies, doing escape rooms and enjoying good food and drinks with friends. I love to bake healthier treats for my family. Most of our sharing time happens in the kitchen prepping food together and at the dinner table.
Help required includes watching kids, cooking, cleaning and organizing.
We need help getting the kids ready for school in the morning for about an hour. We then need help after school with homework when we get home with the kids and while we prepare dinner (15:00-18:00). My husband works a 4 days on, 4 days off schedule so we need someone flexible with their work days as the schedule will change though we can tell you it in advance. This also means that you could end up with lots of free time to travel and explore when he has time off! We can be flexible which would work for someone wanting to go off and explore for a few days at a time.
You would oversee the morning routine for children (get up, make beds, get dressed, brush hair/teeth, prepare and eat breakfast, clean up the breakfast dishes, and prepare school lunches the night before).
General tidy up around the house after meals (wash and put away dishes from you and the kids).
Afternoon routine: give the kids a healthy snack after they get home from school. Do homework and play with them. Wash up any dishes used by you and the kids.
Wash the kids laundry and help them to put it away.
Help with some basic household tasks like unloading the dishwasher, cleaning kids' bathroom and vacuuming. You will be responsible for preparing breakfast and school lunches for the kids and sometimes to prep ingredients for dinner (chop vegetables, make a salad etc) or make a simple dinner occasionally.
English and French
Private bedroom on the ground floor with a twin sized loft bed and a couch underneath, chest of drawers and wardrobe. There is a small TV in your room too. Outside your room is a water closet (Sink and toilet where you can keep your toiletries). There is also a small den/computer room with comfy reading chair and ottoman outside your bedroom. Shared shower/bathroom with kids on top floor.
There is a bike you may use and the bus stop is less than 5 minutes away. There are other workawayers and many au pairs in our city of 80,000 people.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Snacks and alcohol are not included. We prefer to host WorkAwayers who eat meat; we have food intolerances and find it stressful to host vegetarians as our diet is already limited to certain foods. Any specialty food items (protein powders, exotic foods etc) you will need to purchase for yourself. We eat a Whole Foods diet (whole grains, fruit, vegetables and meat). Mom and kids have food intolerances to gluten and dairy and some other foods. Dad eats everything so you'll have access to normal cheese, milk, bread etc.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
3-5 hours/day, 4-5 days per week
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