Enjoy local life in Venice, be a big sister English or Spanish speaker to our girls

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  • Description

    Description

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    We are a family of 5 all born in different places!
    Mom is originally from Uruguay and works part-time (sometimes from home), dad is Italian and works as a freelance Civil Engineer.
    Our three girls (Olivia, Camilla and Sofia) go to school from 8-4 pm Monday to Friday.
    We live in beautiful Venice and just moved into a house built in 1700 that we had completely remodelled (and still doing some work)!

    As a well-traveled couple we are looking for someone who's enthusiastic, relaxed, trustworthy, active, patience, fun and playful to help with the kids, a BIG SISTER for our girls.

    We are a globetrotters family, together with our girls we've visited almost 30 countries and we love to meet new people and cultures, we enjoy sharing travel stories.

    We would love to host persons willing and able to create meaningful bonds with our family, a friend for life :)



    A few of our previous workawayers came back to visit us months after they've left and it's so rewarding :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house
    Language practice
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Venice is an open-air museum. It has been the same for centuries, you will feel like entering a piece of art and you could spend forever exploring the city's labyrinth of narrow passageways, alleys and bridges.
    As a family, living in such a slow-paced city is an amazing experience, and after living abroad (pre-kids) we decided that this is the place where we would like our girls to grow, (together with some travelling, of course!).

    We are pretty easy-going, love cultural exchanges as we lived and studied abroad (in the USA) and have traveled a lot with our girls since they were born. We speak Italian and Spanish at home and would love to improve our girls' English. We love to learn about different places and new cultures.

    If you are interested in learning or improving your Italian we will be glad to help you too!

    We would like to welcome someone that appreciates the city and its uniqueness and takes the most out of her stay. We prefer someone that loves to explore around (even alone), an active, positive and outgoing person who takes the most out of this experience and goes sightseeing around instead of staying all day home.
    I am in contact with other families that host girls in Venice too, so you could meet young people to go out and visit around.

    Venice is the only city of its type in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    This is a UNIQUE opportunity, specially if you are interested in Art, visiting Museums and Historic Places.

  • Help

    Help

    *si hablas español (y eres de España o Latinoamerica) contáctame! Las niñas ya hablan bastante bien, pero necesitan repasarlo de vez en cuando*

    Do you love children?
    Are you willing to teach them English thru: lots of repetition, big gestures, using songs and playing fun games with them?
    Do you have any special skills (art, music) and a teaching spirit?

    Our main focus is for our girls to IMPROVE their English, by doing their regular routine.

    We are looking for a loving person that likes and enjoys being with children, a bubbly person that TALKS to them, PLAYS with them trying to ENGAGE them asking to join on their game and keeping them entertained.
    Someone who knows how to be silly and goofy at the right time, but serious and firm when needed.

    We would love someone with a "teaching spirit" that is eager to correct their English (EACH time!) and help them REPHRASE.
    The girls understand and communicate in English fine but they make many errors on spoken English, so we would love to find someone that likes to correct/teach them good English. We don't need someone that just sits around and "watches" them ;)

    If you have good artistic skills like drawing and painting, are a swimming instructor, play an instrument (our girls play piano and violin), know how to dance, sing, cross stitch, knit skip the rope or have any other talent or skill that you are happy to share and teach our children, THEY WOULD LOVE THAT!

    Love caring for children: this is THE most important thing for us.
    All our previous workaway experiences have been great because the girls we hosted LOVED being around young children and spending time together and they all got attached to them.

    Other important qualities are:
    - honesty
    - a clean and tidy person
    - responsible and well-organised
    - optimistic and joyful
    - active and curious
    - adaptable* (schedule may change on occasions and this shouldn't be a problem to you)
    - experienced with young kids (5 - 9 yrs old)
    - a teacher or who has a "teaching spirit"
    - sb. with lots of patience
    - willing to enjoy the experience and to create a bond with the family

    Basic cleaning to be done in the morning: making the girls' beds, cleaning, vacuuming and setting up (your bathroom, play area, your room and girls' room).

    Afternoon from 2.00 or 3.30/4.00pm usually until 6.30ish, help will mostly be needed by picking up the girls from school, taking them to their afternoon classes or home to play and helping in the evening routine (supervising the girls during bath time, blowing their hair, picking up toys, etc). One evening per week, if we go out (rarely on weekends).

    DURING THE SUMMER SCHEDULE WILL CHANGE AND HELP WILL MOSTLY NEEDED TO TAKE THE GIRLS TO THE BEACH (by public boat) or pick them up from summer camp.

    Weekends are mostly free and you can visit Venice or other beautiful places in Italy or even Europe.

    We prefer someone who likes to live in a family environment and really likes children.
    We would like to share meals together as a family (at least dinners) and as a family member we appreciate help in the house by keeping it tidy, just as any adult in the house will do.

    It's really important that you have EXPERIENCE with kids and that you are CONFIDENT AND PATIENT with them and enjoy helping them improve their English, get involved with the family and in return we will hope to make you feel welcomed in our home and offer you to live in a unique city as Venice.

    We receive many requests and I ALWAYS reply back quite quick :)
    Write me if you feel you can match our family :):)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We offer a private small room on the third floor of our house with a bathroom next to your room (girls use it only during bath time or at night). There are 3 bathrooms in the house, so there's never a queue!

    If you've never been to Italy or Europe please take into account that living spaces in Venice are much smaller compared to USA/Canada or Australia. Most of our previous workawayers were backpackers or traveled really light and the space in their room worked fine.

    We eat a variety of foods and we have a meat and plant-based diet. While we eat some meat (max. once/twice a week) we will be happy to accommodate vegetarians, however we won't be able to accommodate vegans, people with lots of allergies, eating disorders or who are very picky about food and need to cook their own dishes (due to current kitchen organisation and spaces). Mum or dad will cook for everybody, as it’s easier :)

    For breakfast we offer: seasonal fruits, home-made cakes, bread, marmalade, oats, cereal, granola, milk, plain yogurt, coffee, cappuccinos, tea, etc.
    As we are all working/at school during the week you are free to help yourself for lunch and prepare something easy and quick like a sandwich, wrap, salad, pasta, tortellini, etc. On weekends if you are around, you can have lunch with us.

    For dinner we usually eat: vegetables cooked in different ways, salads and home-made soups, legumes, cous-cous, pasta, barely, farro, rice (risotto), corn polenta, potatoes, cheeses, home-made hummus, fish, seafood and meat. We drink tap water and occasionally alcohol (beer or wine).
    During the weekends we usually prepare home-made pizza.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You can visit Venice or any of its islands.
    There's public transport available (by waterbus- you should get a transport pass: €100 to activate the Venice transport card + 37€ each month of stay for unlimited transportation around Venice and all of its islands).

    During the summer months (May-Sept) you can relax at the beach in Lido Island on the Adriatic sea which is a few minutes away by boat!

    There's a train station where you can take trains to visit any place in Italy (Verona, Florence, Milan, Rome, Naples), or even close countries such as Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Germany.

    Flixbus is another cheap option that will take you to Croatia for 15€ r/t

    We have two important airports (Marco Polo and Treviso Airport) with flights to most destinations in Europe for a weekend getaway (, , etc).

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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