All Year: closed December-February
Area (ha): 1
Category: Accommodation Business
Host ID: 16860
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Last Updated: August 6, 2017
FOR THIS YEAR WE HAVE FOUND ALL OUR HELPERS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST.
SPRING 2018 WE WILL BE LOOKING FOR:
1. 2 SEASONAL HELPERS (COUPLE OR FRIENDS)
2. AU PAIR
1) IN THE MONTHS: 20th APRIL UNTIL SEPTEMBER: 2 SEASONAL HELPERS (COUPLE OR FRIENDS)
We are looking for A COUPLE or TWO FRIENDS (because they have to share a double bed) maximum per period, who would be part of our 'management team' - consisting of only us two :-) So these 2 helpers could be 2 friends, a couple, or 2 relatives of course. We ask for 2 people at a time, and we would prefer it if they could stay for a minimum of 1 month in the month July and August. In May, June and September we would ask for 3 weeks miminum.
As our helpers during the tourist season, you sleep in the casa, either in 1 of the apartments (if the villa is not fully occipied) or in the 'attic' room where you will have your own bathroom.
The help required from helpers during the tourist season are: helping us make sure all of our guests are happy, that the pool is cleaned and all the sunbeds are there, that the terraces aren't messy, the garden looks nice, that the minibar is filled, that the plants are being watered... etcetera, etcetra. Basically we need an extra set of eyes and an extra pair of hands for all the little chores that need to be done when a villa is occupied by 14 adults and usually 14 children.
Some nights are really busy, so this is why we ask for people who ENJOY being with tourists, who have experience in hospitality and are friendly to our guests. In other words: outgoing and lively people who do not shy away from strangers but have a high service mentality! We love to laugh, so a sense of humour is a definite pro :-). Because this type of help means long hours and being friendly even when you're tired or hot (Italy is hot in summer), and we need to be able to rely on our helpers being customer friendly (as are we). We pride ourselves at making this place a very intimate, child friendly place, where we welcome a lot of returning guests who book 'with Torben and Klaartje' instead of booking any random beautiful villa in Italy.
2) DURING THE MONTHS OF JUNE, JULY, AUGUST: AU PAIR
Because we also have two young daughters who need some attention during our busiest months, we could also use a sweet person to help us out at home, by taking care of our girls. Please note: our girls basically are used to be with us constantly, and naturally during the summer they just want to be in the pool, with other kids. The job of our 'au pair' would be making sure they are looked after while swimming, taking them to the pool or coming back home again, while Torben en Klaartje are probably busy with the guests. Or, just staying at home with them, playing games, etc. We would also like it if this persons knows how to cook a simple meal for them, in case they need to eat and we might suddenly not be there ourselves. Our home is only 5 minutes walk alnog the same road as we, so our girls now can also walk by themselves (if need be). Just to point out that our private lives and our professional tasks are very closely connected and are constantly intertwined..
As our helper, you will help 5 days a week, 2 days off. But we do ask for flexibility, because in the pre-season sometimes, because of the weather conditions, it might be necessary to plan a day of more hours (because of a rain forecast for the next day for example), and then we will make sure that another day you will compensate you for the extra hours. And in the tourist season, things are sometimes difficult to plan. For example if high season-life is suddenly and unpredictably really hectic one day, we need people to help us improvise and be flexible (as are we), instead of looking at their watches and 'calling it a day'. We will ALWAYS make up for longer hours, we will give you extra time off in slower days, etc.
Please note: We ourselves have worked terribly hard during the last 9 years, running two businesses while taking care of 2 small girls and constantly working non-stop and we are proud of the result. Our helpers are usually younger than we are, so we do not like to hear young people say that they are tired. This sounds harsh, but we like to be frank (we are Dutch, you get what you see and we like to hear the truth).
We will always try and work along with you, also gardening, repairing things etc, as soon as our girls are in school we try to do as much as we can ourselves. We like this group of helpers to feel part of the family, while working we try to have as much fun as possible.
We look for people who are practical and know how to work with their hands, who work pro-actively even if we can not monitor the work constantly (this is VERY important to us), thus show initiative. We also like to surround ourselves with people who have a positive outlook on life. Preferibly in the ages between 22 - 40.
On your days off, we will take you to train station etc, so you can visit the cities in the neighbourhood. You can easily get to Florence, Rome, Perugia, Orvieto, Siena etc).
We will provide you of course with food & drinks. Our helpers cook for themselves, we supply the groceries. If we can, we join you for lunch or dinner, but because of our family life and duties with school and hobby's etc, we sometimes will eat with our girls in our own home. When you're free, we ask you to take care of yourselves 'food wise', basically because you will be problably on a trip yourselves.
The tourist villa is situated on a hill, but you can walk up to the nearest village (20 minutes) where there is a pizzeria and a bar, and we will always be prepared to drive you to train stations etc.
Anyone who wants to visit Italy and help us in exchange for a nice place to stay: please feel free to contact us! We look forward to meeting you all!
Torben & Klaartje