Share your time and passions with us at our home in paradise on Kauai, Hawaii



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    We're a family of 5 living in a three bedroom home on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii's Garden Island, Our three kids were born in 2013 and 2014. Generally, we have 2-4 guests visiting and two to six months has become the ideal minimum stay.

    The best way to think about living with us is to consider yourself joining both a family and a "mini-community." A guest called staying with us a "family internship," and that rings true as well. Consider yourself more like an aunt or uncle, meaning you'll help out your sibling, but you aren't their au pair. This models a way of being we want our kids to witness.

    You'll want to be sure you are in a stage of life where you enjoy having kids around and have a strong a desire to hang out with and teach them. However, guests are not responsible for parenting our kids and we are not looking for nannies.

    Our guests help us with logistics (food prep), special projects, and perhaps most importantly supplementary teaching and homeschooling. We've identified some great curriculums and many visitors have learned how to teach young children.

    Special projects have included helping build a yurt, a solar heater for a swimming pool, internet research, etc. Teaching projects have included all the academic disciplines, plus ukulele, spanish, various sports, slack line, rubik's cube, etc.

    We've also had guests lead art classes, yoga classes, chess tournaments, improv, dancing, singing, and a lot of hanging out in a garden we're hoping to really get going ()!

    We try and live as a small community / big family - with daily communal meals which everyone both 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. Meals are generally shared together, though we all play it by ear on weekends.

    Outside of what each guests feels is their appropriate communal responsibility (mainly their portion of shopping, food prep and communal cleaning) people put their 25 hours in via special projects, homeschooling help, after school classes, and additional kitchen help.

    Most days, we try and stick to a regular routine, which helps both us and the kids.

    Our M-F schedule looks like this, when guests join all meals:

    - 7:40 - We all come together and read or write quietly in the living room (as the birds chirp and sun rises)
    - 8:00 - Breakfast together.
    - 9:00 to 12:30 - Academic Homeschooling (we've found good curriculums and usually do 1 on 1 teaching)
    - 12:30 - Lunch together.
    - 1:15 - After lunch sports - soccer, 4 square, basketball, etc.
    - 2:00 to 4:30 - Non-Academic Homeschooling (making building, music, art, etc.)
    - 4:30 to 6:30 - To the beach, to surf, play, etc. rain or shine, guest are always welcome.
    - 7:00 Dinner together.
    - 8:00pm - Kids go into the bedroom by 8:00pm with lights out by 8:30, freeing up the common areas of the house for the adults.

    If this sounds like something you'd like to be part of, please tell us more about yourself, your skills, aspirations, etc.

    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 projets de construction
    Aide dans une ferme
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique / avec 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


    We look for interesting people and think it important to fit the tasks to the person and their skills.

    We have a wide range of tasks you can help with - including:

    1) Leading food preparation and cooking. Beyond one's fair share of cooking and serving rotations we do among all the adults (for example, if there are 7 adults, everyone has 1 day a week of cooking/serving), you can take extra shifts in the kitchen if you wish to, and count it toward your exchange.

    2) Lead/Teach after school programs - on a topic you'd like to share or teach. Music, Art, Dance, Math, etc.

    3) Help with morning (before lunch) academic homeschooling - we have good curriculums in reading, math, writing, etc.

    4) Help with afternoon (before lunch) non-academic homeschooling - skill building, maker projects, etc.

    It is important that you are someone who is naturally inclined to both lead and teach.

  • 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 our three guest rooms, with big windows.

  • 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, with 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

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Max of 5 hours a day with 1-2 days off a week.

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N° de référence hôte : 943732726226