We are an Italo-Brazilian couple (Ana and Pantaleo) with two small kids (Luca, 6 and Matteo, 4 years old). Pantaleo is an international consultant who is constantly travelling. Ana is a yoga teacher who has to manage the family life by herself during Pantaleo’s many absences. One year ago, we moved to an organic farm in the province of Lecce, heel of the Italian boot.
We are looking for a girl who loves kids and has a driver’s license, to look after our two sons (6 and 4 years old), in the afternoons and three evenings a week.
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
The area where we live is known as Salento. Here you will find the omnipresent green of the olive trees (including in our farm!) and the uniquely turquoise sea (20 minutes by car); the sun that shines all year round (which is easy to enjoy in the countryside); the constant wind, either the warm humid Sirocco blowing from the South, from Africa, or the cold dry Tramontane blowing from the North. You will also find music and dance. The folk ‘pizzica’ can make the blood boil in your veins and your body move like crazy. There are pizzica concerts throughout the summer. In our home, instead, you will likely hear some Portuguese speaking and Brazilian music (which may also make your blood boil and your body move like crazy!). We can cook together (I love cooking and learning different cooking cultures) but no so much of Brazilian food, as it is not easy to find the ingredients and we end up eating Italian style. After dinner, especially in wintertime, we like to do some family activity with the kids, like card games and story telling, while drinking some of our home-made tisana and cake. In the early hours of the morning we try to keep the habit of our personal yoga practice, and you will be more than welcome to join us. Finally, if you have gardening skills and practice I could definitely take advantage of your advice, as the farm needs some embellishment efforts :-) And of course, you won’t leave without tasting our sun-dried figs and having and an iced coffee with almond milk.
- Babysitting and playing with our kids in the afternoons and three evenings per week. This includes watching over the eldest while he does his homework, reinforcing house rules (e.g. respecting maximum 1 hour daily screen time), accompanying (including driving) them to their extra-school activities such as swimming pool and football;
- Cooking lunch and dinner at times (especially when Ana is not home because of her yoga classes schedule)
The person we are looking for has the following qualities/skills:
- Love for children and the countryside lifestyle
- Good work ethics
- Drivers’ licence
- Cooking abilities
- Independence, organisation and tidiness are also important.
- Background on child care/education is a plus
Preferred languages spoken: Italian, Portuguese, English, Spanish or French. Our children understand Italian and Portuguese, but we are fine with you speaking your native language with them. They learn fast and we believe it is enriching for everyone involved.
We are looking for someone who wants to commit for at least 3 months.
Italian, Portuguese, English, Spanish (Ana very little and Pantaleo fluently), French (only Pantaleo)
You will have your own private room (actually our 21-year-old daughter’s room, which is empty as she is studying abroad). It is a 10m2 room with a double bed, side table, wardrobe and a ceiling fan for the warm months. The main bathroom of the house (the only one with a shower) will be shared with the rest of the family, but the house counts on a second bathroom. We have a cleaner who comes twice mornings a week. Although we have a cleaner coming twice a week, you'll be asked to keep your room clean and do your own laundry. The house has decent heating (not obvious in Southern Italy) and wi-fi.
We offer full board, with many fresh organic vegetables, since we live in a farm.
You can use one of our bikes and our second family car in your free time.
You can enjoy the surrounding countryside and seaside (google Torre Sant’Andrea and Torre Dell'Orso to see what our seaside looks like!). Running and cycling are good options, and you can borrow one of our bikes anytime during your stay. You can also visit beautiful historical cities such as Lecce (20 minutes drive) and Otranto (30 minutes drive). Within 2 hours drive, there are many other options, including natural parks, the city of Matera, etc. for short weekend trips. Public transport is practically is very inefficient in our place, but there is a train station (Sternatia) near our farm (5 minutes drive), from where you can take trains directed to Lecce, Otranto and Gallipoli. You can also borrow one of our bikes or even our second family car in your free time.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week