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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.
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
Aide informatique / avec Internet
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Research the north shore of Kauai, and you'll get a sense of the stunning beauty.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
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.
Plus de 2
Max of 5 hours a day with 1-2 days off a week.
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