Hello, we are Steve and Katya, and our homeschooled kids: Milana, Max, and Lena. Steve is a software engineer, Katya is an international trainer for community organizing for drug prevention in Central Asia. We live in a 3-level house, with a green yard, small garden, with lots of wildlife and a park with a small creek adjacent to our yard. We love bird watching. We live in a liberal and diverse Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa City is recognized as a City of Literature by UNESCO, and boasts many cultural festivals and is a very happening city.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
We are an international family who are very warm and welcoming, and easy going: Steve is from Wisconsin, Katya is from Russian Siberia. Our kids are bilingual. We practice mostly healthy eating, have a ton of books, and stimulating conversations. The area has lots to offer: shopping, dining, theaters, dance, all kinds of free educational opportunities at the University of Iowa.
We would like host someone who would enrich our life with new experiences, culture, and personality. You would join us as a family member, and would provide light help around the house and join us in occasional seasonal yard work. If you can speak Russian or another language, or can play an instrument, or can offer a skill you can teach us or share with us, that's a plus. We love trying homemade foods from different cultures, because it's usually very different from what one can experience at a restaurant.
We have a spacious bedroom on the same floor as our bedrooms, it has a comfy memory foam bed, closet, dresser, mirror, and a desk. We have a guitar and a piano you can use to practice. And fast speed WiFi. We offer home cooked meals with our family.
We are located on a bus line, there are parks with lakes for swimming and boating in the area, and lots of trails for biking, jogging and walking. We have a cat.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week