My name is Valentina, I'm 36, I work as a buyer for an Italian company that imports outerwear and I'm, above all, a mum! Our family is composed by Ivan (father, 34 years old), Diletta (our daughter, who is 5) and I.
We live in Northern Italy - Dolomites - (one hour driving from Venice), in the countryside. Our town is quite small (6000 inhabitants), with a lot of green and safe areas where you can walk, run or ride free from traffic. Being a small town, we all know each other and it's very nice going to the bar in the morning and have the opportunity to have a chat with a friend. We can give a bike to our volunteer. There is a very nice and quiet market on Friday morning, where you can find a lot of farmers' products.
We have three dogs - Kikka, Pino and Johana - who live outside and like going for a walk every day.
We live in a house on the ground floor and my parents live on the first floor, on a separate apartment. Our apartment is composed by an open space living room/kitchen, Diletta's bedroom, a nice room for the guests (which will be the room where you will stay) with a double bed, our room, one bathroom with a shower, a big terrace and two big gardens.
Ivan and I have been living and working in Barcelona (Spain) for 6 years and we decided to come back home two and a half years ago to get Diletta the opportunity to live in close contact with the nature and the animals. I've also spent 6 months in The Netherlands for the Erasmus Exchange program and, then, I have lived and worked for 2 years in Cork, Ireland.
We eat and cook mainly vegan food, so we hope you will like and enjoy it, as well. Diletta and Ivan eat, sometimes, some eggs and cheese.
We are looking for a girl, who has a lot of experience and patience with children, who likes animals and who can stay with us taking care of our daughter, helping with the daily cleaning of the house, feeding the dogs and cat; let's say someone to be an extra pair of hands in the morning and evening as we get ourselves ready for work and Diletta ready for kindergarten. Help in the garden is welcome for those who like to be outdoors.
Some help in cooking can be requested sometimes.
Basic knowledge of Italian would be helpful at the beginning with Diletta.
We can provide you a weekly agenda with the tasks that we would like you to make, but with the possibility to be flexible with it, bot for us and for you.
We prefer a non-smoking person.
Ivan usually comes home around 5.15 p.m. and I come back around 4.00 p.m.
In the night, you should play and stay a bit with Diletta while we are making dinner and help me, after dinner, cleaning the kitchen.
We have also a vegetable garden and we would like you to help us gathering the vegetables.
We are looking for a girl who can speak a little bit of Italian (even if this is not compulsory!), to make the communication easier mainly with Diletta, even if we want you to teach her some English/Spanish/foreign languages, depending on the languages you speak.
We expect that you would help us around 5 hours/day, 5 days/week.
We don't have TV at home, but we have a computer where we watch movies. We love reading books and Diletta loves reading them, as well.
Diletta goes to bed around 8.30 p.m., so we kindly ask to maintain a quiet and relaxed atmosphere around.
Ivan and I speak fluent English and Spanish. Diletta knows some words in English and Spanish.
We are a very athletic family; Ivan plays soccer and we both run, also in the mountains.
We all hope you like our family and would like to spend some time with us!
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
As already said, the mainly help we need is house cleaning, baby sitting, helping with the dogs and the garden/vegetable garden and enjoying the time with us.
Italian, English, Spanish
We will offer a nice and separate bedroom, with double bed, a wardrobe and a dresser. The bedroom has a big window with view on our main garden.
To give you an idea of the place where we live, you can take a look at the following webpage (it refers to the National Park where we live in):
During your time off, you can visit the mountains around here, Venice, Treviso, Padua, Vicenza (that are all very close by train) or you can spend your time with us.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week