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We are cheerful a family of four: me (Deborah, 45), my husband (Stefano, 50) and our 2 children, a 13 years old boy and a 9 years old girl.
We believe that sharing a few weeks with people from another country can help kids to grow with a better awareness of the different people and cultures that surround them.
We love music: I play the piano, the kids play the violin and the piano (the boy) and the flute (the girl) and my husband runs a web radio broadcast with a couple of friends. We also like to be outside, biking, hiking and visiting museums.
Something about the kids:
- After 5 years of kung-fu, the boy now practices hip-hop dance, plays the violin and the piano and likes fashion and drawing (portraits and clothes). He dreams of becoming a singer, a fashion designer, or movie costumes designer and he's learning to sew. If you can help him with sewing it would be great!
- The little girl has a passion for Maths, Coding, Lego, Darth Vader, Dinosaurs and puppies. She likes cooking, crafting and building things. She plays the flute, she practices kung-fu and a little bit of skateboarding on ramps. She wants to become an engineer or a Lego designer.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We will share with you our love for cooking (we can cook together and teach you Italian recipes) and help you with your Italian if you are a learner.
You will also be free to join us in our weekend activities such as visiting museums, hiking and day trips.
Here is what Tessa (from Holland), said about her experience with our family:
«It was the summer after I graduated from high school and it was the longest that I had ever been from home. But they made me feel very welcome and at home. They taught me everything I wanted to know about Italian traditions and even Japanese traditions (Deborah studied Japanese). And sometimes I still miss their delicious Italian dishes. I also did a language course in the city and I could always ask them about words or grammar. The boy was a great teacher!».
We are mainly looking for energetic and positive people with some childcare experience that can teach English (native speaker or at least C1 level) to our children, possibly by doing activities with them after school.
Volunteers will be in charge of picking up the children at school or at granny’s house and walking them to their activities when needed, play (at home and outside) and do creative/teaching activities with them. For us, it is essential that the volunteer speaks English with them.
We also welcome volunteers who can:
- teach French;
- teach Spanish;
- teach our boy to sew/knit/crochet;
- teach coding to both of the kids;
- teach the little girl to play the ukulele;
- teach yoga to the little girl;
- help the boy with viedo editing.
Help required in the house:
- we both work full time so sometimes we are looking for someone who can also give some help in the house, especially in the kitchen at dinner time (either by cooking or by helping with cleaning the kitchen after dinner).
- we ask volunteers to keep their room clean and tidy and clean and put away things that you use (kitchen, bathroom etc).
All family members speak Italian & English / Deborah also speaks French and basic Japanese. Lorenzo speaks basic French
You will have your own room and a shared bathroom.
We would like you to feel like a member of the family, having dinners together sharing if you wish some family activities. We expect that you treat and respect our family and house like your own.
We live in a small town close to Milan (one of the major cities in Italy), in a terraced house surrounded by a small garden.
If you like hiking and cycling, around our home there are large woods with paths and cycling lanes in the Parco delle Groane.
The train station is right across the street and just in half an hour, you can reach the centre of Milan (trains leave every 15 minutes) where you can find Italian language schools, museums, etc. You can even reach Lake Como on a 1h trip by train.
Some tips by Ryan (from Florida) who stayed with us during summer 2016:
«Within the surrounding Milan area, I’m sure you may have been told about the Duomo in Milan or the Castle and surely Lake Como. All of these sites are amazing and I highly recommend giving them a visit which I did myself several times. What you may not have been told is that it’s quite nice to just walk the streets and stumble upon sites or find a nice coffee shop in town and sit to watch the hustle and bustle of the people. I’m not sure where you will be coming from but for me I found all of this to be new and exciting».
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week