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All Year: Summer 2018
Area (ha):
Persons: 1 to 4
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 59613
Country: Switzerland

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Last Updated: June 10, 2018

UPDATED INFO, since the number of kids and their camp schedules are now confirmed.

I am Naia, a Spanish girl living in Geneva, Switzerland for nearly 8 years. I adore this town and all its surroundings: swimming in the lake with the Mont-Blanc glacier view, the good summer weather, the lake promenade, Bains de Paquis and Perle du Lac, free cinema and concerts in the parks, great atmosphere in town, the forests and great hikings and medieval villages nearby.

After last year's great experience with helpx volunteers, this summer 2018 we are running again Summer Camps for kids ages 4-8 in the center of Geneva (Plainpalais) and we are looking for 1 to 4 volunteers per week, to stay as many weeks as they wish, from Sunday 24th June to Friday 28th July.

I will try to give you now as many details as you might need about the exchange, but please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any question.

We exchange Full Board Accommodation for 4 hours and 15 minutes help per day (Mon-Fri) on our summer camps. So Saturday & Sunday will be completely free for you :-)

Weeks cannot be split, they need to be full weeks from Sunday morning/early afternoon (arrival) to Sunday morning (departure). You can stay several weeks if you wish.

Except for the last week of July, that we need to close the place on Friday 28th July at 16h, therefore helpers can arrive to Geneva on Friday the 20th.

Accommodation and camps are in our little activity center for kids, in Plainpalais, placed in a center located neighbourhood of Geneva.

There we offer 3 beds for 4 people: In 1 room there is 1 double air-mattress + 1 individual mattress. And in the other room, there is 1 sofa-bed (the blue one of the picture).

Helpers need to bring their sleeping bags.

The 3 beds are in our cool Play-Room of about 30 m2 plenty of toys for children :-)

There, there is a kitchette with an oven, microwave, stove and small fridge, and 1 toilet with a very nice massage-shower. We also have a storage room with a safety box across the road, just in case you need to keep something else there.

Your bed need to be off and toys back to place at 8:50am.

Your helping schedule would be any of the following:

(Most kids are in the camp 9h to 17h)

9am to 13h15

13h15 to 18h

or split shift (depending on the number of helpers)

10h to 12h15 + 15h to 17h

(always with a snack time along with the kids)

We will alternate the schedules, so volunteers can be free to enjoy the surroundings sometimes in the mornings and sometimes in the afternoons.

KIDS BRING THEIR OWN LUNCH + SNACKS, therefore we do NOT have to cook or do the washing up for them.

We will have lunch with the kids. If lunch time is not in your helping schedule hours, please free feel to take a taper-ware and go for a picnic with your lunch if you prefer so. It's up to you. Lunch will always be ready at the activity center at 12h.

Dinners will always be offered at my studio (shown in the pictures) where there are nice sofas and TV to rest and where you could also take a shower if you wish. But probably we will prefer to have a picnic / barbecue on the parks, by the lake or at a musical of cinema festival ... we'll see! There's so much to do in summer in Geneva :-)

My little studio is right at the center of Geneva, by the lake and only 15 minutes walk from your accommodation at the Summer Camp venue, through the beautiful Genevan Old Town.

We have a couple of bicycles we can let to the helpers to discover Geneva :-) In case we need more bicycles, the town rent bicycles for free, for a period of 4 hours (After the 4 hours, the fee is 2 CHF per every additional hour)

We mainly need help to assist with all the logistics and organisation of the children activities/games/sports of the Summer Camps both indoors and outdoors, preparing them to go to the parks (swimming suits on, solar cream, etc), take them to the beautiful parks / paddling pools nearby, walking with them through town on a safe line/rope, etc

Beside being with the children, we need to keep the venue tidy and clean (we have a robot hoover and a steam mop :-) so the cleaning is really easy indeed.

We make turns for cooking our (=helper's & mine) food.

Whenever it is your turn for cooking, you will be in charge of preparing lunch+dinner.

The cooking is not included in the helping hours, since it is for ourselves and not to provide help for the camps.

Each of us, will do his own dishes after eating. At lunch time we use disposable plates to safe time ;-)

There will be around 7 to 15 kids per day aged 4-8.

Hope the above details are tempting you to come and share with us another fantastic and playful summer ;-)

Please contact us for more details. We could send you pictures of our superb Summer Camps 2017 if you wish :-)

All the best for your 2018 Helpx adventures!!!

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