We are a multilingual family of 4 humans, 1 dog, and 1 cat in Espoo, Finland.
I am opinionated and like a good debate. I like to blog and sing. I am interested in meeting new people, and engaging in debates and discussions on just about any topic. I love cooking, and if you stay with us, I'd love to provide meals. Our family is vegan/vegetarian, but we don't mind if you bring non-veg things to our house. However, we do prefer if you don't cook meaty things.
My husband is an architect, and can probably tell you all you need to know about Finnish architecture. He also likes to sculpt and paint.
Our son, Monn (3.2009) and our daughter, Mai (11.2010) love to make new friends. In fact, they are often disappointed if our guests only stay for a day or two. Our small dog, Otso, is either a circus dog or a panda bear (not sure which) and gets real excited when someone takes him out for a walk. Cashew the cat can't get enough loving, and will gladly spend time purring on your lap.
We like to enjoy long evenings sipping wine after the two kids have gone to bed, and when we get a chance we also practice a few songs from our repertoire.
I work at an NGO where I am part of a team that coordinates volunteers for projects with youth, the elderly, asylum seekers, immigrants, the disabled, etc. What's unique about our programme is that we don't have fixed tasks, so we often get very creative and create tasks to suit our volunteers. So we'd definitely be able to find some meaningful volunteer work for a workawayer.
Our guest room is also my husband's workshop, so we can only host for 1-3 weeks at a time. However, we are open to the idea of you going elsewhere for 2-3 weeks and coming back again for another stay, for those of you who are traveling for longer periods of time!
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We can cook Thai, fusion & vegan food together, and I can teach you English or Thai. I'm also a humanitarian, a philosopher and a linguist by training. I'm happy to share my thoughts on just about any topic & I love a good dialogue. I am eternally engaged in the pursuit of knowledge! There is no 'off switch' for that! I work for a large NGO as a project manager, so I can also introduce you to my job & potentially find a task for you to do there.
- You can help out with tasks such as babysitting, getting the kids to and from school, housework, and looking after our pets.
- If you have carpentering skills, we have a couple projects we'd like to get started.
- If you know how to interpret, I can use Dari, Farsi & Arabic interpreters for a project at work.
Come as you are! We are happy to provide towels, sheets, basic toiletries (shampoo, soap, etc), food, drinks. If you need to do laundry, you are welcome to our washer and dryer. We also have a couple bikes you can borrow.
You'd have a private room with a sofa bed (double). If need be, we have an extra mat, too.
The area we live in is good for suburban walks to nearby bars or quiet walks through the forest - both tastes are catered for. If you want to explore other parts of the capital city region, we are well connected. Our home also has a sauna, which you are welcome to use!
It takes 20 minutes by bus to the Kamppi bus terminal in the Helsinki city centre from our home, and busses go every ten minutes or so. We are a 5 minute walk from the stop. Buses 121 & 122 (There may be a letter following the number, that's ok) go during the day, and 154N goes after midnight. They all stop in front of the Kuitinmäki S-market, which is a supermarket near our house.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 2 - 5 hours a day, 5 days a week