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Hi! We are a little family of 2 (mother and daughter) and we live on the beautiful Elba Island right in front of Tuscany, Italy. We are located in the medieval village Marciana, on the North-Western corner of the island, at around 400m on the sea-level. From mid-October till April the island is very quiet and feels like one big town. From May till mid-October the island is bustling with tourists and entertainment. There are plenty of beautiful beaches that you can reach within 40m to 1 hour by car (stony and sandy beaches), and waters are warm enough to swim from May to end of October. Some of the most beautiful hiking pathways go through our village and up to Monte Capanne and Monte Perone. There are plenty of hiking and biking adventures you can experience all year round. During the summer there are several sailing schools you can attend (the closest one is 10 min away by car), diving centers (the closest one is 15 min away by car) boat trips around the island or to the nearby island of Pianosa. Marciana counts a couple hundreds inhabitants and has the best scenic view of the island. Despite its size it has a grocery store, 3 bars, 2 restaurants and a pharmacy that are open all year round. It is the best place for chestnut harvesting, one of our favorite Autumn activities. The mainland is one hour away by ferry, from Piombino you can easily reach Florence by train or bus.
As a family we live a simple life full of adventures in nature, arts, music, books, dates with friends. We love movement, in particular dance and martial arts. I am 40 year old and my daughter is 3 and a half now. A 2 year old black cat, Bijoux, is part of our family, she moves freely around the village but prefers to spend the night at home. We make a point to be always respectful of each other's spaces and time, to treat each other with kindness and respect each other's emotions. We are non-religious and care for the environment. We do our best to limit waste, recycle, be as minimalist as we can, cook at home and stick to a vegan diet (my daughter does eat meat and eggs).
We don't own a TV but the internet reception is stable where we are and good enough for streaming videos and do zoom calls.
Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendrePratique d’une langueBaby-sitting et jeux créatifs
Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre
This might be a great opportunity if you are looking forward to spending time in nature, in a quiet environment, and life by the sea (summers are less quiet), while learning Italian and discovering Italian art and culture. My daughter talks a lot and while I would like you to speak your native language with her, you would be able to learn a whole lot while playing (she will answer in Italian for a while for what I have seen). I taught Italian as a foreign language for ten years while living in the US, so I would be glad to provide a 1 hour weekly lesson as part of our arrangement and answer any language question you might have over dinner/lunch together at any point. If you are/want to be an educator, this might be a good opportunity to explore the Montessori method first hand.
There are plenty of beautiful beaches that you can reach within 40m to 1 hour by car (stony and sandy beaches), and waters are warm enough to swim from May to end of October. Diving and snorkeling can be practiced through December (the main diving center is in Marina di Campo). In October the water is warmer than June. Starting December it gets colder and a thicker suit is needed (diving centers provide for it). Some of the most beautiful hiking pathways go through our village and up to Monte Capanne and Monte Perone. There are plenty of hiking and biking adventures you can experience all year round. During the summer there are several sailing schools you can attend (the closest one is 10 min away by car), diving centers (the closest one is 15 min away by car), boat trips around the island or to the nearby island of Pianosa. Marciana counts a couple hundreds inhabitants and has the best scenic view of the island. Despite its size, it has a grocery store, 3 bars, 2 restaurants and a pharmacy that are open all year round. It is the best place for chestnut harvesting, one of our favorite Autumn activities. The mainland is one hour away by ferry, from Piombino you can easily reach Florence by train or bus. I believe that having a car at your disposal would really help you make the most of your time here on the Elba island, if you don't own a car though, you can rent a scooter in Portoferraio. Renting a scooter for 2 months or more makes it very affordable (250 euros per month starting in October).
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I have flexible work hours and juggle three different jobs as counsellor, emotion educator for local schools and online teaching. I need someone who would be able to be with my daughter (mainly at home or going on walks in nature with her) while I am busy. I would like this person to be familiar and appreciate the Montessori method that we use for homeschooling ( these videos can answer possible questions. They also clearly explain why I prefer this educational approach).
At this stage my daughter especially enjoys arts and crafts, puzzles, blocks and magnets, pre-writing activities, numbers, and above all stories and pretend play with puppets and stuffed animals. I would love for her to interact either with an English native speaker or a Spanish one (French native speakers are very well welcome as well) since we have family in different countries and need to be fluent in three languages. I myself speak English and Spanish fluently, I understand French but I speak it just a little. I would organise activities for my daughter and take her to music/circus/horseback riding lessons myself. I might occasionally ask for help with these tasks. I would not ask for more than 4 hours a day with my daughter on average. Some day I might ask for 5 but the next day will be a 3 hour day or less. Two days a week are always free for you to travel and/or enjoy your time as you prefer.
Once a month I might ask you for help carrying wood fire to the house. You would be responsible for your own laundry and would share cleaning chorus with us.
Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
I would love for my kid and myself to have an English/Spanish/French native speaker to improve our language knowledge. I have taught Italian as a second language for 10 years at a university level.
We live in a pretty apartment in the center of Marciana, overlooking one of the main squares of the village. All shops, bars and restaurants are within walking distance (there are plenty of stairs). The car is about 5-10 min walk away since vehicles cannot access the village. Our apartment has a living/cooking area with fireplace, one bathroom with shower and two bedrooms. You would have your own bedroom but share a bathroom with us. I would like it, if you could provide a list of foods you like, in order to shop accordingly. I follow a whole food plant based diet and offer my daughter the same, while allowing for her own food preferences. You would have to cook your own meals, unless we have similar food preferences, then I would be glad to include you in our dinner plan. We have a washing machine and dryer.
Around November we need to turn on the heating system (up until April) and that for us means using firewood to keep the fireplace going. We have heaters for the bedrooms.
I intend to structure our collaboration following the Sociocracy principles of consent and circles (ours will be a small circle of two people, at times my daughter will be involved in decision making as well). Here you can find a detailed explanation of what Sociocracy is and how it works
During the week you can use your time off to explore nature, take a sailing/ diving class up until December, go to the beach, take a class in Portoferraio (main town on the island, it is 40 min away by car/bus/scooter). During your days off you can travel to the main land. The ferry is cheaper out of season. Around Christmas time we will spend a couple of weeks or more at my parents' close to Bologna, and you are welcome to come along and have a chance to explore a different part of Italy. During those weeks you will work a couple of hours a day only (or less) and will be free to travel as you like.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads
I use my own phone as hotspot for my internet connection and it works well even when two people are using it. If you need to download/upload large files it is probably not that functional though. Zoom meetings and long videos are working fairly well. The only place available to work inside the house is the living room.
Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?
Nombre d'heures attendues
4 hours a day, 5 days a week except around Christmas time