Help with 8 year-old daughter in beautiful Dolomites, Italy



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    My name is Valentina, I'm 39, I work as a buyer for an Italian company that imports outerwear and I'm, above all, a mum! I have a daughter, Diletta, who is 8.
    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 and 5 hens.
    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, my bedroomroom, one bathroom with a shower, a big terrace and two big gardens.
    I have been living and working in Barcelona (Spain) for 6 years and I decided to come back home in 2012 to give Diletta the opportunity to live closer to nature and 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 eats, sometimes, some eggs and cheese.
    I'm 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 and helping with the daily cleaning of the house; let's say someone to be an extra pair of hands in the morning and evening while I get myself ready for work and Diletta ready for school.
    Some help in cooking can be sometimes requested.
    Basic knowledge of Italian would be helpful at the beginning with Diletta.
    I can provide you a weekly agenda with the tasks that I would like you to do, but with the possibility to be flexible with it, bot for us and for you.
    We prefer a non-smoking person. Driving licence can be appreciated.
    In the morning I bring Diletta to school-bus at 7. She goes to afternoon activities on Monday and Tuesday (I pick her up around 5.30 p.m.) and on Wednesday she finishes school at 5.20 p.m. and arrives home around 5.45 pm.
    Thursday and Friday she finishes school earlier and she has lunch at home and then she goes horse riding.
    On late afternoon/early evening, I'd like you to play and stay a bit with Diletta while I'm making dinner and help me, after dinner, cleaning the kitchen.
    I'm 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 I'd like you teaching her some English/Spanish/foreign languages, depending on the languages you speak.
    I expect that you would help us around 5 hours/day, 5 days/week.
    As Diletta's father and I live in two separate houses, she spends almost the whole week with me and one weekend with me and the following one with her father so, the weekend she is with him, you have a free weekend. The weekend she is with me, you can stay with us or take it as free time.
    We love reading books and Diletta loves reading them, as well.
    Diletta goes to bed around 8.00-8.30 p.m., so I kindly ask to maintain a quiet and relaxed atmosphere around.
    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.
    I really hope you like our family and would like to spend some time with us!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Help


    As already said, the mainly help we need is house cleaning, baby sitting and enjoying the time with us.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

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

Diletta and I
Elena (one of our workawayers), Diletta and Ivan. Summer 2016.
Diletta and two of our dogs, outside the house. Summer 2016.

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