*️*️Edit: due to an overwhelming number of emails from truly terrific people, I want to be completely honest with what we are looking for so that I don't waste anyone's time. Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for offering to use your time to help us <3
This is what we really need:
~great English level
~23 years or older (not set in stone, but a guideline)
~able to stay for a while, at least one month but longer would be optimal (so it's not too disruptive for the kids who bond with each person)
~experience with children and interest in caring for them
~someone similar to me who is social but also needs personal space :)
We have had such amazing experiences through this site and can't wait to have more*️*️
Hi! We are a family of four needing some help with the daily grind. We recently bought a house in the most untouched part of the capital area, right next to the ocean with spectacular views of Reykjavik just steps away from our front door. It is really serene and quiet here, you mostly hear birds and horses, and while we are conveniently close to everything we need, it feels like being in the middle of nowhere. Our two kids are almost 4 and almost 1, wonderful little people with big and lovely personalities. We place a huge emphasis on mindful parenting so we are looking for that special someone, a good communicator, who can help us a little with the kids using gentle, mindful methods - having fun together is also a priority in this house :) We love meeting new people from around the world having lived overseas ourselves for many years, so a workaway arrangement seemed perfect for us. Did I mention we have a hot tub? It's our favourite way to unwind after a long day.
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
If you are looking to experience Icelandic nature but still want the proximity of the city with all its activities, this is the perfect place. A mildly interesting fact: we literally live in the next street over from the president of Iceland! :) \nOur older child is very advanced in language development so she could be a great help in learning Icelandic, while our younger son is learning to speak right now, which could also help someone wanting to learn the language. \nYou can learn about Icelandic daily life and take advantage of our connections to put together your perfect Iceland experience. We will welcome the right person with open arms and do everything in our power to make the stay enjoyable :)
We basically need help getting on top of things around the house during this super busy time in our lives. The mother stays at home during the day with the one-year-old, but due to health issues has a hard time doing all the physical work of taking care of a baby alone. Time alone with the children for the person helping us would be minimal, at the most it would be watching one of the kids for a few minutes while the other is taken to daycare. Keeping the baby safe and occupied in the house while the mother cleans or helping with chores around the house (loading the dishwasher, light cleaning, etc) would be greatly appreciated. Other than moral and physical support with child care and general home keeping it would be great to get help with organizing, some light gardening (although that season is winding down now) and possibly painting the house. All of this is open for negotiation and discussion :)
*️️️️We are vegan but meat is allowed in the house, only no dairy because of an allergy.
Our house has three bedrooms, one of which is available for the person joining us. It\'s a small but lovely room with shelves (obviously a bed) and a view of the garden and trees.
There is a bus stop right in front of our house, so getting into the city is easy. Walks around the area where we live are absolutely gorgeous. There are several geothermal public pools nearby. Going into downtown Reykjavík is relatively easy where there a tons of bars, food, museums and entertainment. Getting to a pickup point for day tours and nature exploring is also easy to arrange. We also invite people over for dinners and do some music, some of our friends come here to do yoga even, we barbeque every Sunday and go in the hot tub in the evenings, all of which you would be welcome to join.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week