We would like to find an English-speaking woman to care our nine-year-old daughter several hours a day, to play and to practice English with her, and also to help her to do homeworks all the days (monday to friday), mainly with English and Maths.
We are a couple aged 50, both work in the administration of the University of Malaga (Spain). I studied psychology and my husband too; some time after, he studied audiovisual communication and, some years later. he studied teaching Spanish to foreigners too (currently, as volunteer, he spends part of his spare time teaching Spanish to inmigrants and refugees in a NGO). We have a 8 year old daughter, friendly, funny and kind. We love cinema, travel, enjoy nature and the company of friends. Our daughter is learning English and we'd like she to practice the language naturally with English speaking people.
If you want to stay with us, you need to consider this:
Ask yourself if you would be able to play with an eight year old girl for several hours a day. If you would be able to sing with her, to tell stories or discuss issues that may not interest you too. Tip: If you deal with children, it is better for you to propose the activities to them. Otherwise, they will propose to you. You should have the initiative. You need to be convinced that being in charge of a girl is more than just being next to her. It is to interact with her.
Anyway, our daughter is like other girls. She is neither better nor worse. Although she behaves well in general. She’s playful, of course, and has a good heart and is very sensitive. And she will treat you like an older sister (if you are young) or like a very special friend (if you are not so young). So she will expect you to pay attention to her, to play with her and to be loving with her.
To be loving… This is an interesting point since we are Spanish people.
Please, note that we, the Spaniards are pretty expressive (and the Andalusians -we are Andalusians- even more). We give many kisses and hugs to our children throughout the day (and throughout life). So we are, and this is difficult to change. We do not expect you to be as expressive as the Spaniards, but we do expect you to be tolerant of shows of affection of our daughter. We expect you to be patient with her and do not feel strange if our daughter gives you a hug or she sits too close to you or takes your hand when you walk on the street with her.
Although, so far, our experiences with guests have been very positive (we have had guests from Ireland, England, United States and Italy), we always like to clarify these points. Thus, our future guests will understand that our main interest in this exchange is our daughter. And, during the daily working time, this should be also the main interest of our guest. Obviously, during your daily leisure time, you can focus on your own interests (Spanish language and culture, meet people, go for a walk, play sports, just have fun, enjoy the pleasure of doing nothing, or… whatever you prefer).
Other activities, if you decide to come:
Once you're with us, if during weekends or holidays you want to share our leisure activities (excursions, some trip, meeting with friends or relatives), we are delighted you to join. But, again, it depends on you.
We speak Spanish and a little English (and a little Italian too). Anyway, we have experience with other guests, and the language has never been a problem.
The area we live in is close to the city center (about 40 minutes walking), very well served by public transport, both the city center and the beach). It is an area that also has all the essential services: pharmacy, supermarkets, sports centers, hospital, playgrounds, shops, restaurants... It has wide avenues and large areas, ideal for sports such as running, cycling or simply walk.
Our house also has air conditioning, ceiling fans and Wi-Fi in all rooms. We also have washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator and, finally, all other basic appliances.
You will have your own room. A woman comes to make a big cleanup once a week, but we would like you to keep daily your room reasonably neat and clean. We are not obsessed with cleanliness and order, simply we prefer your room is not a mess.
Breakfasts: you prepare your breakfast from Monday to Sunday.
Lunches: you prepare your lunch from Monday to Friday. The lunch on Saturdays and Sundays is prepared by us, but if you prefer to prepare your lunch these days, obviously, you can do it.
Snacks and dinners: you prepare your snack and dinner and also prepare our daughter's from Monday to Friday.
The dinner on Saturdays and Sundays is prepared by us, but if you prefer to prepare your dinner these days, you can do it too.
Obviously, you can get anything in our pantry in any moment.
We eat all kind of food, although we eat more vegetables than meat, mainly chicken, turkey and fish, and less pork, beef or lamb. We eat milk and eggs too.
We usually cook with very few salt and sugar. We use olive oil.
We do not drink alcohol normally. Sometimes beer or wine, but usually our drink when we eat is water.
If you are interested and need more information, do not hesitate to ask.
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Guest benefit from acquiring knowledge about Spanish customs and culture. They may also practice Spanish with us, if interested.
La invitada se beneficiará adquiriendo conocimiento sobre las costumbres y la cultura española. Podrá asimismo practicar español con nosotros, si te interesa.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Our daughter is studying in a British school, then basically, we desire our daughter practices English (in fact, she speaks pretty ) in a natural way .
Básicamente, buscamos que nuestra hija hable inglés (ya habla bastante). Deseamos que nuestra hija practique inglés de manera natural.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
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Apartment of 90 square meters with three bedrooms, a kitchen, terrace, living room and two bathrooms. One of them to share between our daughter and you.
Common spaces would be the rest of the house (living room, terrace and kitchen).
Piso de 90 metros cuadrados con tres habitaciones, una cocina, terraza, salón y dos cuartos de baño. Uno de ellos para compartir con nuestra hija.
Los espacios comunes serían el resto de la casa (salón, terraza y cocina).
We already have experience hosting people at home, specifically, we have had two aupairs (from Ireland and Great Britain) and three workwayers (from USA, Italy and Romania) . Living together has been very good and a great experience for our daughter!
Ya tenemos experiencia acogiendo a personas en casa, concretamente, hemos tenido a dos aupairs (de Irlanda y Gran Bretaña) y a tres viajeras (de Estados Unidos, Italia y Rumanía). La convivencia ha sido muy buena y ¡una gran experiencia para nuestra hija!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week