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Due to my wife returning to work full time we have availability for a solo traveler, The hours (during school period) 4 days a week will be (there may be some variation but not too much) from 4:30 PM onwards. The 5th day which is a Wednesday is determined on the day depending on the activities taking place. Weekends will be your own.
We are Benedicte and Harry and we have 2 children Quentin (10) and Temperance (8) and 2 dogs, Tilly (6) and Ella (8) and our random friendly doggies
If you are fun to be around and love to spend time with kids and dogs in a chilled out crazy house and have a great sense of humor then please read on.
We are looking for some assistance with a mix of the tasks below based around the house. There may be times we are doing other little jobs not listed.
The work involved in getting kids breakfast some days, The day is then yours to do as you please (we can be flexible on the return time) The evenings are mainly helping kids with school work (if you have french) or just sitting making sure they do some work and then I or my wife will check it over. Then onto games and playing As my daughter is mainly the one who needs assistance beyond the normal, looking after her as swimming once a week and showers, etc we can only look to female volunteers.
We are primarily a cultural exchange to learn and practice English and or French when we can and to host people within our family as part of it. If you are not looking to socialize for a few hours a day we are not the place for you so please be sure you are happy to socialize before agreeing to visit. (might sound harsh but I would rather be right upfront about it)
good French would be beneficial for helping with homework and also for visiting places as many places you might visit on your days off may not speak anything but French. While we will consider people who speak no French, we would prefer people with some French.
A driving license is a must-have if you want to get around during the daytime. While we can drop you in the local town at around 8:30 AM Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri and pick you up the same location, the rest would be public transport or Blablacar. There is the ability to rent low price cars but we cannot loan you our cars as our insurance will not cover it.
During the summer holidays/school holidays the hours are during the day, generally afternoon and evening so the morning is yours to do as you want 2.5 hours afternoon 2.5 hours evening). Activity-based, playing with kids day trips (theme parks) and some small work around the house. At least some french is a benefit. (Please see rest of profile)
FYI: Theme park days are an all-day thing as we pay for all your tickets and food and are more of a fun day out as a family.
Our preferred period for visits is 1 month but we will look at 2 weeks for the right Workaway, as we feel you cannot get to know people properly until you have spent a few days in their company and we feel it is a very good starting point. We do a trial few days at the start to make sure all is okay on both sides though.
English speaking is essential but your actual level is not an issue so long as you can communicate and French also (essential good French if you have only basic English). There will be plenty of opportunities to practice your French and English if you want to as well.
My wife and children speak French and English (French is natural to them). My hobbies are dogs and computers, walking and reading. I also love to have a laugh and good discussions with Workaways if they want to. My wife loves dogs, reading and going to the mountain and crafts (she and her friend make decorations in glass jars), our children, walking and having a good conversation. We both love cooking and are very relaxed.
MEALS / FOOD:
We cater to all main meals. We can cater for vegetarians but are unable to cater for fussy eaters.
Breakfast: Cereals or toast/ croissant with butter, jam (when we have them)/ marmalade or chocolate spread/powder
Lunch: Normally a light meal, soup or Sandwiches but can sometimes rotate with dinner instead
Dinner: Normally a cooked meal but rotates with lunch depending on the day
(if kids are home at Lunch we tend to have the big meal then and light at night.)
Outside of these meals, it is down to the Workaway to provide their own extras.
Any questions regarding anything else please do discuss before booking.
Our house is 100% a smoke-free environment. People can smoke outside though.
We have our own home from home, pet sitting business where dogs are free to have fun in a pack running around all day or lazing around it's up to them. Dogs do all live in our house so being very comfortable around gentle dogs is a must. The business side of the house is 100% restricted to myself and my wife at all times unless you are coming to sit and have a chat with me in the office. You are welcome to cuddle them and spend time with them but it is NOT part of the Workaway responsibilities to "work" with the dogs ie feeding, walking, washing. We also ask that when clients are here that Workaways are not essentially hanging around as many of our clients are very private.
if you have any questions please do reach out and we will give you our whats-app / Facebook messenger details for a video chat
Benedicte, Harry, Temperance, Quentin and (Dogs)
A few things to note:
We can accommodate a single parent with children but would ask for a minimum contribution to the food budget.
A sense of humor is a must in our home if you are easily offended we are not the place for you.
Please be aware we are a regular house and have our quirks like any family
We have lots of dogs so an allergy to dust or dog hair must be considered.
We cannot take Workaways with any pets. (sorry but we must protect our business)
We DO NOT offer Workaways any form of monetary payment.
Time management is your own responsibility.
Maximum working time is 25 hours per week with a minimum of 2 days off
We 100% video chat with Workaways before we offer a space in our home.
The minimum period is 2 weeks. We cannot do 1 week's stays. (we prefer 4 weeks or more)
We can cater for vegetarians depending on their specific diet. (please discuss) but not fussy eaters
We do require to see that tickets have been booked for arrival (where possible)
Baby-sitting / garde d’enfant
Entretien / Bricolage
Cuisine / courses
Aide à la maison
Aide avec les animaux
Aide avec les langues
We do ask that if you are looking to come to stay with our family that you are able to socialise with us. Working and eating and spending the rest of the time in the bedroom upstairs is not what we are about and honestly we want this to be a cultural exchange and for it not to feel like all people do is work and nothing else.
They can learn French and / or English with my children and wife and can experience life in the area we live and get to see the sights and Pic du midi (if they are interested), learn about life in France and share experiences with us, can also talk about the business and how it runs and we are open to most discussions.
If there is anything in particular you would like to get from this experience please do ask us as we are open to suggestions from anyone staying with us.
Pretty much all in the Profile, household help, light building or maintenance and just general stuff.
During school holidays we do ask for more focus on kids activities over helping in and around the house.
English and French
Bedroom with a double bed and other furnishings. We have 2 bathrooms both with showers and one with a bath
there are lots of places to go and visit, bus / train car rides away. Toulouse, Lourdes, The mountains and many other places.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
5 hours per day 5 days per week
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