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Area (ha): 0
Persons: 1
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 32780
Country: England

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Last Updated: February 4, 2016

We are a household of two adults and a very fun small boy.

We are also starting a Research and Design company that specialises in inventing renewable energy devices with aesthetic impact being the highest priority.

Dan and Anna need help looking after our lively boy, so that Dan, who has been caring nearly full time, can start working at starting a new business. We, are starting Solaesthetic Research and Design, a company that specialises in inventing beautiful renewable energy devices with aesthetic impact being the highest priority.

We would like a long term 'au pair' (minimum 6 months), someone who has some experience of being responsible for children, who is energetic and who is basically fluent with english. We want someone who is interested in spending time with our son and also, if you are interested, in researching for our renwable energy business, though this is not obligatory.

The deal is 75 pocket money, food and board in return for 26-32 hours of helping us out. Mostly we'd expect you to care for our son for 3 days of the week, and a day for the research, but occasionally we'd mix this up a bit. We all do the housework and get involved with gardening from time to time. We will be doing most of the cooking but we would love it if you want to cook for us sometmes too.

We definitely need someone who can drive.

You'd get a lot of time to pursue your own interests but we need you to be a bit flexible. Experience with toddlers is desirable, but personality is the most mportant to us.

This not a job, you will be joining our household for a while and the experience is reciprocal. We will treat you as an employee but as another member of the household and expect you to join in. We are fairly informal and easy going but we need you to be self motivated and energetic. (We've already had an aupair who was a lovely person, but very shy and this did not suit any of us.)

We don't have TV in the house but we watch the occasional thing on the laptops. Our boy is super enthusiastic and loves doing energetic things like balance biking, running, dancing and jumping, splashing in puddles, digging, etc he is unusually physically capable for his age. He likes singing, stories, wildlife, and most of all spending time with his friends. Actually there isn't much he doesn't like except stopping something he is enjoying. He also likes to join in with real things. Lots really, he is very alive so you must be fit and up for fun!

Research tasks, if you should want to take them up will be guided by Dan and will include, fact finding for specific renewable energy issues, general market research, technical research, and extending the social media network for Solaesthetic. If you have a design, engineering or architecture background it would help. but We think that it is interesting to everyone.

It is an attractive Victorian house, with 3 bedrooms. the area is Stroud in the Cotswold Hills which is beautiful and interesting.

We have fast internet.

We like good food and enjoying what our surroundings have to offer.

No smokers I'm afraid

Stroud, where we live is a unique place. a busy and thriving market town at the edge of the Cotswolds with beautiful valleys and high commons. it has an unusual concentration of alternative thinkers and independently minded people. There is a rich arts and music scene, as well as some lovely pubs. there is a lot to do here and it is easy to get involved with the local creative community.

We are quite near to the major city of Bristol, and within exploring range of Cheltenham, Gloucester, Oxford, Bath, Birmingham and even London, which is 1hr 20mins on the train.
If you like walking, then you will enjoy this place. We have strong links to Wales and often travel there so this is another place you can explore with us.

We are a highly educated couple and we enjoy a lot of discussion. We are very explorative and curious about the world. We speak a sophisticated level of english and this would be good for people who want to improve and refine their english language.

We are launching into a sustainable technology enterprise and you would gain very interesting exposure to the ideas and knowledge it is based on. You may even shape how it develops.
If you have a design, engineering or architecture background it would help. but We think that it is interesting to everyone.

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