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Last Updated: October 6, 2017
We are a family, living in Izmir in Turkey. We have two sons. The bigger one is 5 years old and the little one is only 2 years old. We are looking for a bigger sister to them who knows German OR English and also talkative (chatterbox) :) Because we hope to improve their language skills. We have a lot of materials like; flash cards, books, board games, music cds...etc.
Deniz goes to a german nursery (between 7:30 am to 17:30 pm) so he can already understand German and English. He likes playing with legos and board games, drawing pictures, listening/telling stories (esspecially about dragons, dinosaurs and pirates.. ) So at the evenings we would like you to spend 1-2 hours with him, doing language practice to help him become fluent. Sometimes in the evenings he goes to tenis/swimming lessons so we would ask you to practice with him in the weekends. But sure; we don't have black letter rules about working times, we usually prefer to be relax and flexible.
Mahir goes to an English play group twice in a week. He can understand English and he has already knows a lot of English words. But now we want him to start learning German. And this needs to have patience, repetition and creativity. So in a day we would request nearly 3 or 4 hours language practice (English or German) by playing games, singing songs, telling stories and comminicating with him. (We prefer early mornings). He likes playing with animals, cars and balls. Also he likes listening stories about cats, wolfs, fox,dragons, dinosaurs and dogs..
In a nutshell; usually at the weekdays we need nearly 5 hours; for playing games, telling/reading stories, singing songs, drawing pictures..etc together.
I and my husband are both pharmacist. In summers we like travelling, camping, cooking, baking, eating and shopping:) ( aspecialy at the weekends we like to go to the beaches, mountains, pleateaues.. )Nowadays we like gardening also. We have an olive garden in Urla. There are 58 olive trees and 15 fruit trees. Also we try to grown our own vegetables at there. (and hope to build a tiny house in a short time :)) In Winters we usually prefer to being at home and play with kids..
Our house is only 100m away to subway stop. We are very close to seaside too, It takes nearly 10 minutes to go seaside by walking.
We don't smoke. we only expect the basic things from you like cleaning and tdying up.
We have a golden retriever. It lives in our balkonu. In the mornings he goes to pharmacy with my husband and comes back in the evenings. We don't expect anything about looking after him.
If you come to live with us; Deniz will leave his room for you.. It will be your own bedroom. We can also give you basic things like towels (You don't have to add them in your lagguage.) and also you can use our washing machine. You will have Wi-Fi.. We usually cook fresh traditional foods at home, you can be with us at all meals and also you can cook :)
At the sametime I can teach you my mother tongue (turkish). I am interested with drama, orff, stories, games, puppets...etc. I usually use all of them in our teaching, so I hope you can learn easly and with fun...
I can teach you cooking jams, home made pasta and tomato sauce, canning eggplant and beans, preparing olives..
We have already hosted volunteers and teachers before and if you want we could get references from all of them.
NOTE: Deniz usually doesn't go to nursery in the summers. For july and august we need help esspecially in the mornings nearly 5 hours. But sure then you will be free about your own programme.
NOTE: From the beginning of September we would like you to spend time with them in the weekends. In the weekdays; because of during the day they will be in the nursery, we don't expect anything from you until 18:00pm. But we need help from 18:00pm to sleeping time. (sleeping time is usually 21:30 / 22:00)
Izmir is a nice city with seashore and historical places. Its the third biggest city in Turkey. We live in city center. Our house is only 2 minutes to subway stop and 10 minutes to seaside by walking. At the seaside you can rent and ride bike.. There are many bars, clubs, site-seeing, resaurants, shopping, bazaars, etc in Izmir. The weather is usually sunny. Urla/Seferihisar are 30 minutes or çesme/Alaçati is 1 hour or Kusadasi 1,5 hour far to us. Also Efes and Sirince is so close to Izmir. If you like history and villiages I guess you will have fun. You can go Bodrum easly for weekends. if you want to go to Kios (a nice Greek Island) from Çesme it takes 15 minutes by ship.(and it is also cheap). If you want to go Samos (Anoyher Greek Island) you can get a feryy. (It is also cheap) One weekend you can go to Pamukkale, Kapadokya or Istanbul. We can help you about bookings.
If you want to learn real local life, you are welcome. We can tell you a lot of things about Turkish families/culture/ education&health system/history/social life..etc. All of us are talkative so you can easily learn Turkish from us. We are enthusiastic about learning English and German. Because of we love eat; you can learn a lot of new Turkish food recipes. We like travelling. If you want to join us you are welcome to come also. We are usually camping at the beachs. Izmir is a cheap city So if you want to travel around turkey (For example Greece islands) or in Turkey (For example Kapadokya) you can jump from here for the weekends. Our a lot of volunteers have done it. We can help you with booking. And if you are travelling for a long time, get tired and need a warm family house; you are also welcome..
When you come to live with us; Deniz will leave his room for you. It will be your own bedroom. You will have Wi-Fi.
We can also give you basic things like towels and also you can use our washing machine. We usually cook fresh tradationel foods at home and at the same time try new different tastes. You can be with us at all meals and also you can cook :)