Help us with childcare and learn Italian in Sicily

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Help us with childcare and learn Italian in Sicily

  • Marker details
  • DescriptionHello! We are a family of three living in a village close to Ragusa: I am a 40 years old primary school teacher and teacher of Italian as a second language, my husband and our 8 years old boy who is the main reason why we are here.
    Our son is a very energetic boy so, basically, he likes to do many different activities such as playing with Lego bricks (he builds his own world with Lego's), art crafts', board games, he's a good reader but he also enjoys listening to someone who reads for him (Pete the Cat books are his favourites right now!), just like outdoor activities (when the weather is nice) like swimming, playing football and riding his bike. He's very curious and eager to find out the misteries of the world (dinosaurs, minerals and volcanoes and so on!). He can't play any instruments but he would love to, if the volunteer has a music skill and wishes to teach him.
    Being an only child, he likes so much interacting with our volunteers, showing you his "world" and being engaged in some activities.
    We are not looking for a nanny but a big sister for our son, a reliable and smiling girl who is able to inspire him and enrich him, in other words, a caring person we would like to welcome as a family member! For these reasons, we encourage a long stay.
  • LocationItaly, Sicilia, Libero consorzio comunale di Ragusa

  • Work
  • Type of work Babysitting / Childcare
    Help in the house
    Language practice
  • Hours per day You will always be free in the morning: you can sleep, go to gym or whatever you wish.
    The help is needed in the afternoon and you will never work for more than 5 hours.
    Weekends are always free. You can travel or spend your time with us.
  • Work requirements: Our ideal helper must be:
    Female (preferred) & English native speakers
    No smokers
    No Italian citizenship seekers. Sorry!
    Family oriented
    Has experience in teaching to children in order to help our son improving English and being more confident.
    Has basic cooking skills (very basic!)
    Not internet/mobile/social/TV addicted (at least, not when she has to spend her time with him)
    Very talkative and energetic but calm at the same time
    Loves playing with children and she is responsible
    A tidy person who helps at home as a member of the family
    Not a party girl (she doesn't go to bed too late)
    Interested in languages and culture exchange
    Interested in being part of our family.
    We will give you references from previous volunteers that we have hosted and we will ask you to give us references.
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Send a message to inquire.
  • Duration of stay: The longer the better - minimum stay required is 2 months.
  • Maximum number of helpers: 1
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English, Italian, Arabic
  • Has pets? We don't have any pets.
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: Our apartment is not very big but you will be provided a private room with bed, sofa, cupboard, a small table and a tv
    Bathroom will be shared
    Free wi-fi
    a sim card for you
    The family laptop (if needed)
    Our collection of books in Italian, English and Arabic
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner included/if we go somewhere you are welcome to come with us.
    We live in the city center: everything you may need is at walking distance.
  • Additional info
    #The closer airport (15 mins far from my place!) is located in Comiso , a small one served mainly by Ryanair flights (some European destinations and Italian ones) N.b: Always availabe to pick you up here!
    #The international airport of Catania N.b. Before you book a flight to Catania, ask us if we are available to pick you up there. (Btw, there are buses every hour that can take you in my village!)

    #In town there are two sportive centers, one of them is brand new. Joining the sportive center could be a nice way to meet locals of your age.
    #You can learn Italian at the local CPIA (Centre for Adult Education) that offers Italian language classes from middle September to middle June.
    #You can visite the local museums and the town itself, enjoying the relax offered by the small park located in the city centre (5 minutes walking from our apartment) or the pine-forest just outside the town.
    People here live in an easy and relaxed way and we are far from the chaos and the traffic of big cities.
    You can enjoy exploring our narrow and typical alleys of the city center.
    #Chiaramonte is not far from the city of Ragusa and Comiso (15 minutes driving, 30 minutes by bus). Catania is 1 hour driving and there are buses almost every hour.
    Here you can discover the wonderful baroque of the area of Ragusa (Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Noto, Scicli and so on)
    ##Weekends are always free: a chance to explore the island!
    Of course we can be flexible on your schedule if you want to go somewhere, but it is important that you tell us in advance. At reasonable hours, we will be happy to drive you to the nearest bus station where you can catch a bus to the nearby cities (or to Catania and Palermo): it's a ten minutes drive and I can pick you up on your return.
    Moreover, we would be very pleased to show you the most beautiful places of our areas or to go on a trip when we are on vacations.