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Update June 2022 - Looking for an independent and capable traveler to stay for August and Sept. Need to arrive by Aug 3 and stay at least until mid Sept.
We are a family of four living in Alexandria, VA, a suburb of Washington, D.C. We homeschool our two children, ages 10 and 13 and are looking for international students to broaden our lives.
I would like someone to cook, bake, wash dishes and generally help with (or be in charge of) meals. You would also help with house chores (cleaning, laundry), and with the family. The help is typically very flexible and would allow you a plenty of time to see DC or take weekends away.
We are mostly gluten-free and eat a wide range of animal products, fruits and vegetables. I can help you learn to cook and bake gluten free and teach you some meals that I cook. I would love for someone who loves to cook to bring us new dishes from your part of the world.
We are non-smokers, non-religious, have pets, love to be outdoors, hike, camp, swim (all the time), have rowdy children, and generally love anything new and fantastic that comes our way! We also own and operate a local, family-oriented triathlon team.
I am especially interested in hosting someone from Italy as I would like to keep up my Italian, but obviously we are open to have anyone!
Our house is in a very residential neighborhood and not within walking distance of any shops. Traveling into DC is usually a full day trip and is possible by bus and metro. We are very close to a spectacular bike and running trail on the Potomac river and to Mount Vernon (the original home of George Washington). We play lots of games in the evenings and generally work hard and play hard!
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
By staying with us, you will gain experience in life and better your English. You will be able to spend time both in the city in DC, Arlington and Alexandria and in the woods and mountains of Virginia.
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Volunteers can help mostly in the kitchen and around the house. I am looking for someone that can cook well (and baking, too, would be a bonus). You would help with most meals and meal planning, setting the table and cleaning up afterward. I am happy to help you plan and teach you to cook some meals. Other jobs would include housekeeping, laundry and family help. You may also potentially help outdoors with gardening, landscaping, or house maintenance. Basic English is helpful...but you will learn plenty from us and we are happy to help!
This host offers a language exchange
We love to share the ins and out of the English language with all its quirks! I also speak Italian and love learning about other languages and cultures.
Guest room in a four bedroom house. Queen-sized bed, shared bathroom.
Volunteers can travel to DC or surrounding areas - usually on a day off. Getting to DC takes about 45 minutes by express bus (weekdays) and 60 minutes or more by bus/metro on weekends. You can bike ride into DC/Alexandria/Arlington (about 12 miles to DC) on the beautiful George Washington bike trail that runs along the Potomac River. We live in a very quiet, suburban neighborhood that is great for biking, walking and running. Shopping and restaurants are 2-3 miles away and you can easily bike to them. We can help you find a bike to buy if you'll be with us for a long period.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We love to host but because we are a busy family, we are not always around for socialization and we are not super close to DC or other attractions. This means that on days when we are all in and out throughout the day, you'll have something to work on as well. We encourage you to bring your work or other projects!
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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