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Update October: currently having a workawyer staying till autum break 16-31 Oct, afterwards we'll be available for new guests. :)
I'm Laura, a nomad who is currently back at home in Germany for a change.
Last year, after a long break I took a full time job as science, physics and maths teacher in a middle and high (comprehensive) school in Hannover. It's the largest and one of the most modern schools here. My second year has just begun, I now teach grades 6, 9 and 11-13 (ages 11-19). Welcome to join me! In middle school we have several special needs kids and the majority has a migration background. Most of them are super sweet, some can be a challenge sometimes. I'm sure many will benefit from you. I teach most topics for the first time so I'm really busy and stressed at times.
How things go here depends quite a bit your interests, talents and language skills. You should know some German or at least be fluent in English. If you are into teaching you can help me prepare the lessons, experiments, worksheets. Also you can just be there for the kids in the classroom. If you're into animals you could help in the school zoo (guinea pigs, birds, fishes, geckos). You should enjoy cycling, because I usually bike the 11 km to school. There's a tram but it takes the same amount of time. You need to get up early because unfortunately my new schedule starts at 8 every day. -.- (Unless you're into upper secondary physics I'd only need you at school 2-3 days a week though.)
Furthermore you can spend time with my parents and possibly my friends' children, help in the garden, and please definitely help in the kitchen. Chopping veggies, making salads, smoothies, baking, preparing sandwiches/snacks that we can eat during the sometimes long day at school... stuff like that. You are very welcome to be creative! We have a piano. You could teach my dad if you can (beginner). Also, my dad has a small workshop and owns almost every woodwork tool you can wish for, in case you're into that.
Two weeks is a good time frame for a start, possibly a bit longer if it goes well.
Some things about us:
In my rare free time I train Karate and spend time in nature. Some other interests of mine are photography, space science, travelling, hiking, climbing, boating, and I'm a bit into Lego. My parents (retired engineer and biologist) practice various sports several times a week as well. They love classical music and my dad loves jazz. We have a huge collection of board games. I'm vegetarian, my parents aren't. Our cooked meals are mostly vegan.
Until now I have lived in seven countries and through different platforms I have hosted and stayed with some 300 people. I came here to find those that like to stay a little longer and are interested in teaching.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Please tell us what you want to do and learn!
Basically you are welcome to join everything we do in our daily life. So besides my work at school that would be preparing food, visiting friends, sports, weekend trips... we love the outdoors, hiking and stuff.
You can learn anything school related, German language, Arabic from my Syrian friends, and try new stuff in the kitchen
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Depends quit a bit on you and the current situation here.
- Help me teach, plan and prepare stuff, scan or copy teaching material, grade tests or homeworks, make your own project, support special needs and immigrant kids, simply be with the kids so they get to meet someone new and are encouraged to speak English
- Help in the kitchen
Possibly or occasionally:
- Teach piano
- Speak English with my parents and friends and their kids (aged 2-11)
- Play with friend's kids
- A little gardening and maybe house maintenance projects
- go running/cycling with my dad or teach us some other sports/yoga
This host offers a language exchange
You will improve your German here by immersion. I have several Syrian friends here with whom you could practice Arabic. My students, parents and friend's kids could improve English by chatting with you and I'm trying to learn learn Japanese.
You will have your own room in our row house in a quiet Hannover suburb. Most likely you will even have your own bathroom.
Just let us know what you're interested in please! We live 8 km (15 min by tram) from the city center, 5 min walk from a forest and 10 min walk from the countryside.
We have hosted 100+ couchsurfers and most of them seemed pretty happy here. :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can park on the street just outside our house.
We don't have any but we are generally open for pets.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week