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** Coronavirus: I'm not taking anyone in until the end of August.
I'm Hélène. I'm a primary school teacher. My English is rather poor, but I will be happy to practice it again. My husband is an engineer. We have 3 sons : Corentin (14), Antonin (12) and Félicien (9). We all practice scuba diving. Corentin is a fencer and a climber, Antonin and Félicien play theater and practice circus activities.
We live in the south of France, in a small town named Romans-sur-Isère (~40000 inhabitants). It is less than half an hour from Valence (not in Spain), 1 hour far from Grenoble and 1 hour in the south of Lyon, at the feet of Vercors mountain.
We are trying to reduce our waste and are starting to learn about permaculture.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
In the surrounding of Romans, we can visit together some caves, go for a walk in the mountains, show you ancient vestiges, teach you some recipes of French cuisine, and have family activities : swimming, tree climbing, board games.
Our two older children learn English and German at school, but we want to strengthen their skills. The youngest boy is very talkative but only in French... Nevertheless, he will be happy to try other languages with you.
Our 2 older sons are quite independent, but will be happy to speak another language and do activities with you, as far as their homework is finished of course. Antonin likes cooking a lot. He would be happy to do it with you and exchange your recipes.
We need someone who speaks English or German (mother tongue) with the children, but also have some knowledge of French (not perfect ;-). In the morning, you shall bring the youngest boy to school and pick him up at 4:30 p.m. On Wednesday, you will have to take him to his theater class which is 5 minutes far by walk. During the day, help in the little garden and the house is welcome, but it doesn't take too long. You may need to prepare a few meals. Bring us your culture, we will show you ours ! The rest of the time and the week-end, you can do as you like. We can also show you our city and its surroundings, and do activities together.
Other skills can also interest us, without being indispensable: insulating walls with plasterboard, installing skirting boards, know how to use a drill and be a good handyman (the house is old and needs maintenance) , know how to garden with respect for nature or removing a tree, then you will also be welcome.
French, English (my husband, me in emergency), German (my husband)
In our 180m² house, you will have your own room, with two singles beds.
By the way, our house is non-smoking... ;-)
We can lend you a bike, but a driving licence would be more convenient.
The regional train and bus station is 5 minutes far from our house by walk.
We live 20 minutes far from Valence TGV railway station by car or bus (2h30 to Paris).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week