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Share your time and passions and help us get things done at our home in Kauai, Hawaii, USA

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  • Activité récente: 3 déc. 2023



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  • Description


    We're a family with three kids (born in 2013 and 2014) living in a stunning valley on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii's Garden Island, usually with 1-3 visiting guests.

    To join us, you'll want to be sure of several things:

    1) You are in a stage of your life where you have a strong desire to hang out with and teach elementary age children. It takes passion, patience, and skill. If you are, understandably, looking for a place to stay while you collect fun experiences on vacation in Hawaii, and simply like, or don't mind, having kids around, then that is not going to be enough for a good fit. That said, guests are not responsible for parenting our kids and we are not looking for nannies.

    2) You have a passion for learning and the inclination to really mindfully engage with us and our projects. We have many ongoing endeavors (building, farming, teaching, cooking, etc) that require high quality execution and follow through. We have in house skill in various trades, and are happy to teach attentive guests eager to learn and grow.

    3) You are comfortable with a two to six month minimum stay. We have found that it is necessary for building a true connection with our family, and it allows you to take on and see projects through to the end.

    The best way to think about living with us is to consider yourself joining a family, a mini-community, and a homeschool educational project (though our kids attend public school). We aim high and use structure and routine to help us maintain good habits, and hopefully raise healthy children. Think "homeschool family internship."

    Guests generally help with three things.
    1) Most of your time will be spent on projects which include painting, landscaping, and gardening.
    2) Some of your time may be spent doing office and research type work.
    3) And 1-2 hours a day may be spent on assisting school/homeschool enrichment efforts which may include math, writing, Spanish, music, art, sports, gardening, etc.

    We take teaching quite seriously, have identified some great curriculum and teaching tools, and often consider going back to full time homeschooling in order to more fully re-imagine elementary education.

    We are aiming to replicate parts of the Dervaes Family Farm which you can google.

    Some things to note:

    We make a point of living as a small community / big family and everyone joins us for an early morning 15 minute quiet sitting as the sun comes up, followed by breakfast at 7am (9am on weekends) which everyone also attends and helps set up and clean up. We try to cook 3 times a week on a MWF schedule and stock the fridge with prepared food that can easily be reheated before meals. Breakfasts and dinners are shared on weekdays, though we play it by ear on weekends.

    Outside of each guest's share of communal responsibility for their food prep and common area cleaning, people assist about 25 hours a week from Tuesday through Saturday or Wednesday through Sunday depending on our homeschooling needs.

    Lastly, while we live near what many consider the best spot to learn to surf in Hawaii, our home is in a rural location that requires a car to get to the beach. There is no hitchhiking, walking or biking, and limited taxi service.

    However, for beach time, once a day you can catch a 13 minute ride with us to Hanalei Bay (also the bus stop for exploring the island). That will either be from ~7:30 to ~10am for a dawn patrol surf/swim after the kids are dropped off at school. Or it will be from around 4:15pm, returning for a 6:30 group dinner.

    On free days guests often share a rental car or take the $2 bus from Hanalei. We encourage everyone to overnight at the amazingly beautiful Anini Beach Park. The world famous Napali Coast is at our doorstep.

    If this sounds like something you'd like to be part of, please tell us more about yourself, your specific skills, experience, aspirations, and anything else that helps us get to know you.

    Many Thanks!

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Pratique d’une langue
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide dans une ferme
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique/internet
  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    We're unusual in that we feel so strongly about living in a more communal way. In our last homes in Madrid, and near San Francisco, we regularly had 3-5 people eating meals with us every day - with several languages between us. Here, the kitchen table seats 8 to 10. Our family is a mix of Irish American and Northern Thai.

  • Projets impliquant des enfants

    Projets impliquant des enfants

    Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.

  • Aide


    Here are the skills that you'll need to succeed.

    1) You lean toward being a leader.

    2) Hold a high bar in all you do.

    3) Great with kids and have a genuine interest in spending time with them.

    4) An ability to keep your phone in your room much of the time, and in your pocket around the kids.

    5) An interest in living communally and giving/sharing with others.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Thai: Courant
    Espagnol: Intermédiaire

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    We'd love to fill the house with people wanting to practice and expand their Spanish and/or Thai.

  • Hébergement


    It really depends on who is staying with us at the time, with a first come first choice policy. Most people stay in either of several guest rooms. Be prepared to share a room, but often that is not necessary as we have a lot of space.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Research the north shore of Kauai, and you'll get a sense of the stunning beauty.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Yes, we have fast internet. Ideally you're on vacation, or your main job is a remote online one. Many guests work or go to school online.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

  • ...

    Nombre d'heures attendues

    5 hours a day with 2 days off a week.

N° de référence hôte : 943732726226

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