Come and be a part of our family in Taviano, Italy




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  • Description


    Hello workawayers! We are a young family of 3. Francesca 28, Arthur 26 and our little boy Andrew of 4 months!
    About us, we are a young couple from Italy and The Netherlands. We met through an Erasmus exchange in the city of Utrecht. Afterwards I went to work in The Netherlands at an Italian organization whilst Arthur continued his studies at the University of Utrecht. Later we decided that with the coming of our little Andrew we would like to live in the south of Italy since it is a life better suited to our needs right now. I currently am on maternity leave whilst Arthur works as a freelancer for a subsidiary of a big tech company. Besides that he also sometimes gives English lessons. Also I am currently studying for my accountancy exam to be a registered accountant. And Andrew mostly chews on his hands. He is a very active baby that loves to be held by everyone. Also we have a little turtle named Nina that is very cute and walks around the garden.
    We live in Taviano in the Salento region in the south of Italy. A beautiful region known as the Maldives of Italy. The beaches are absolutely stunning and the water is a mix of emerald and azure like you see in those advertisements for holidays. When you drive back from the beach you are greeted by centuries old olive trees that produce world renowned extra virgin olive oil. The area near Taviano is quite rural even though there are multiple stores and grocery stores in the vicinity. However if you want a bigger city then the coastal city of Gallipoli is just 15 minutes by car and the world famous city of Lecce (My favourite!) is 30 minutes by car. Lecce is famous fort their own style of the baroque and has a very active cultural scene that lately is becoming more international as well. And last but not least the hospitality of the south! As a Dutch national I come from the north of Europe where things tend to go really fast and a lot is happening. In the south I have experienced a different way of life. Whilst it may sometimes be slower and less efficient it is also a wonderful perspective to rearrange your priorities in life. When you see the old people together out on the street at night talking you start wondering how they could be entertained without Netflix and when you eat the simple dishes with just three ingredients you taste the quality of the products created with love. This for me is the reason to live in the south of Italy. We would love to share this with you!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house
    Language practice

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Spending time here will be very enriching considering Salento is a beautiful region where traditions are still visible in daily life. You could call it a beautiful timecapsule in the South of Italy. We would love to be able to share this experience with you. Furthermore we enjoy our personal space but we also tend to enjoy a social life with friends and family. Something we would like to include you in if you would like.
    We hope this description appeals to you, and that we will be able to contribute to each other's life both in experiences as well as stories! See you in Salento!

  • Help


    What we would like from you is mostly spending some time with our little boy by speaking English, reading books and playing with him while we are tending to our work. If necessary it would be nice if you could help out around the household with some light tasks. As you will see we are very flexible and easygoing. In simple words we would love for you to feel part of our family.
    Considering all the above we are looking for someone proficient in English.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Italian: Fluent
    English: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    The house is traditionally built about a hundred years ago in a good stay. It is a ground level house with two big bedrooms of which you will be using one, with a windows that opens to our serre. Also your room has a beautiful handcrafted ceiling called “volta a stella” which gives you the feeling like you are sleeping in an old church. The house and its interior is simple but efficient. We have a shared bathroom with a bathtub and a large living room and a kitchen that open to a tiny garden. Also when you go up the stairs in the back we have a big roof terrace where you can get a nice South Italian tan! The house is a 3 minutes walk from the old city center where there are a few bars near the big public square. The supermarket is 4 minutes by walk and with a car you can easily reach the sea that is about 10 kilometers away.

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  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    If it s a small pet is possible to host it as well

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 947753323128