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Rome
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Persons: 1
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 25729
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: December 4, 2013

***Looking for someone to start at the end of December 2013, or first week of January 2014***

We are an Italian-American family living in Rome and needing help with babysitting and au pair duties. Mom and dad are currently separated, and so there is a need for some help making sure the kids are being watched after school and their various activities (school, pool and church all within a couple blocks walking distance). I, the mom, work as a photo editor for one of the major newspapers in Italy, and sometimes have night shifts and need the extra help. I am fluent in Italian, English, French, intermediate in Spanish, and working on learning Arabic. I feel like relationships are super important in these experiences, so if you want to help out a family, become fast friends, and explore the Eternal City, we would love to hear from you. Italians are very expressive, and this family has its fair share of yelling and hand gestures (Just a heads up)

I am looking for someone for AT LEAST a month, but preference will go to those who can commit to a longer term (3-6 months or more), or who get along well with the family and want to extend their stay.

THE KIDS:
My little boy has just turned 11, and plays water polo. He is great at English for his age, but will need help with proper grammar and new phrases spoken. He is forgetful about homework, leaving umbrellas at school, and taking keys with him each morning, but a very nice kid, shy at first. I will need help with making sure he has written all his homework down, and finishes all of it (though it's in Italian, you'll only be asked to make sure he's doing his work).
My little girl is 7 and a firecracker. She runs the show, or at least thinks she does, around here. She doesn't have homework, but needs help with being picked up from school and getting ready in the changing rooms at the pool for swim practice. She is a yeller, a crier, and her favorite past-time is throwing tantrums. It's never personal though, and she usually snaps out of it, apologizes and gets back to playing (probably has more to do with the separation than the current circumstances, if you follow). If you're uncomfortable with her expressing herself this way on a nearly daily basis this job may be too tough for you.

We have a small private room with a twin sized bed, a closet right outside your room, and a shared bathroom with the family. The shower and the bathroom are separates. We live in an apartment in the Ardeatine neighborhood of Rome, linked very well to the city by buses and a metro.

Helpers should expect to work in the morning from around 7:15am-8:30am getting the kids ready for school, and preparing a lunch. The rest of the morning until 4pm should be free to explore Rome and I can help you find the quickest transport in. From 4pm-8pm duties would include picking the kids up from school, taking the little girl to the pool and helping her change for swimming practice, and getting the boy started on homework. It might also include making dinner and cleaning up, so if you like to cook I can teach you some things about Italian cuisine, or if you have special requests I can buy the proper ingredients on days off. After about 8pm, or whenever dinner is cleaned up the night is yours to explore the city again (unless I work the night shift).

We have a small private room with a twin sized bed, a closet right outside your room, and a shared bathroom with the family. The shower and the bathroom are separates. We live in an apartment in the Ardeatine neighborhood of Rome, linked very well to the city by buses and a metro. If you're out late there are night buses that will drop you off a block from the apartment. I can help you navigate all the ins and outs of Rome, getting around, bus passes, and sightseeing.
The Coloseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and other major sites are all within a 20-30 minute bus ride from the house.

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