Our house in Mont-ras, Catalonia, is similar to a terraced house in the UK. There's quite a lot of work to do and with Alfonso, my husband, being mobility challenged, we sometimes require extra help. A carer/cleaner does the basic housework once or twice a week. So, we need someone to help in the garden, to do a bit of cooking and to keep Alfonso company when I go out or take a break and go away for a few days. Alfonso speaks English, French and Italian besides Spanish and Catalan. He is fun-loving and enjoys meeting new people. He loves music, philosophy and art.
The area is very pleasant, just 4 kms inland from the prettiest landscapes on the Costa Brava and there are hills too where you can go hiking. Please bear in mind, however that this is not the sunny south and we do occasionally get cold, wet weather in winter.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Alfonso used to work as a tourist guide and knows Catalonia very well. he loves to tell people about interesting places to visit, not only in Barcelona but in other areas too.
Helpers' duties typically consist in gardening, keeping Alfonso company during the afternoon and evening plus cooking some dinner. Alfonso appreciates company and is fun-loving and communicative. He often needs help with the computer/mobile and likes to practise his English and also French and Italian. He enjoys music a lot too. I may go away for a short break, no more than three or four nights. During this time a carer will come every day to look after Alfonso in the mornings. A Heller's duties in that case would be more or less the same as when I am home. It helps if you have experience in caring for the elderly but we do not consider this essential. You need to have patience and be communicative!
Apartment in the basement with bathroom, fridge and cooking facilities plus a lovely view of the garden. If this is not available, you will be upstairs with your own bathroom, study and terrace.
In your time off you can visit Barcelona, Girona or the Dali museum in Figueres. You can go cycling, swimming, hiking etc. There is no train but the bus service (SARFA) is not bad and the station is very close to our house.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Not more than 4 hours, 5 days a week but you might have to work on Saturdays.