Good to know: please send us requests only in english language. Lilli is from germany, but Reynir is icelandic and doesn't speak german, in german written requests may end up unanswered and unseen from Lilli... :)
Our family needs help at daily things. We have a four kids, 9 years, 6 years, 4 years and 2 years old. We live in Mosfellsbær, a beautiful town in Iceland that is close to nature and more countrysided than most towns in Europe, but still close to Reykjavík. We don´t tolerate smoking inside the house or in front of the kids, and we only take workawayers with drivers license. Our kids are raised bilingual, Icelandic-German, so it wouldn't hurt to get someone here who speaks German, but that is not necessary.
Pet's: 1 dog, 2 cats
We had a few requests lately from people that want to help on a farm, so just to be clear: we are not living on a farm! We live in a house in a small town! No farm :)
If we come to an agreement and you want to stay with us for a certain amount of time, we trust this to not change. We are planning our time with you especially for the kids and plans on babysitting them. If you agree to stay with us but are not entirely sure of staying all the agreed time and you want to keep open to work requests from other families or farms, please tell us up front and don't change plans on a very short notice.
A few words for wannabe farmers:
There are a lot of Facebook groups that offer jobs on farms so you might want to check them out in addition to workaway.
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
We live both very close to wild nature which is perfect for hiking, bicycle rides or jeep-tours, stuff like that, and also to the big capital city Reykjavík where you can go meet new people, to the cinema or shopping. Museums, whale watching, ice-skating... there is always plenty to do here, Icelanders are not easy to be bored!
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Driving: The 9 years old needs to be driven to school, or the mother, which means about 1 hour driving one way. This happens every other week.
Cleaning: vacuuming and wet cleaning the floors mostly, cleaning the toilets and (try) to keep it tidy.
Babysitting; the 4 and the 2 years old need to be brought or picked up from kindergarten. This means 5 minutes walking without the kids (with them, you know, it could take 30 minutes or so) occasionally one evening here or there to give us couple some us time :)
Cooking: Our mealtimes are somewhat unorganized and chaotic, we would like to change that with the help of someone cooking 2 to 3 times a week. This would be something that needs to be talked about and we are happy about every good idea :D
Walking the dog.
The guestroom is on the first floor, the rest of the family sleeps upstairs, but the daily life is mostly downstairs, which is basically one very big room that includes kitchen, living room, even a pool-table. A bathroom with a shower and the entrance. We also have a big garden. There is Wi-Fi available a computer as well. There is no TV in the house, but we have a huge DVD collection...
The neighborhood is rich of kids and having a clean environment and acting respectful, like driving slow and being kind in general is expected. We raise our children open minded in any aspect, we are not religious, but respect any religion, sexuality or gender questions. Also we are not vegan, but we love good vegan food, so no problem there either. An open minded helper is very welcome. Iceland has a beautiful country side, hiking and stuff like that is highly recommended, there is a direct bus connection to the nearest cinema and sports place, also good connections to Reykjavík or further. By agreement the helper can borrow our car or a bike.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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