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Near London
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.2
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 35522
Country: England

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Last Updated: April 14, 2017

We are very happy to host families with children as our children are very sociable and love to play with others. We have space for a family with up to three children (possibly more). We are considering homeschooling our children when they reach school age and would welcome home/un/world-schooling families that we can learn about this from and who could spend time helping the children learn through their interests.

We would love to learn Spanish so would welcome Spanish speakers who would be comfortable teaching the children a little Spanish through play and singing.

We are former helpXers ourselves and live in a four-bedroomed house with a largeish garden in a countryside village in Essex, 30 minutes by train from central London. We are now a family of four (Andrew and Kerri - both in our thirties, Tom and Edward - both 4). Kerri is a (sometime) primary and TEFL teacher and Andrew works in London. We'd like to offer a warm welcome to people who would like to live as part of our family. You MUST have some experience with children and enjoy spending time with them - you must be comfortable talking/playing/interacting with them as our family life centres around them.

One of the reasons we host through HelpX is to introduce the children to the world - we welcome all nationalities and would love if you can tell us what you might be able to teach them. We'd also ask you to help out around the house (assistance with preparing meals etc) as a part of the family.

YOU MUST BE ABLE TO PROVIDE A REFERENCE please (HelpX or other reference).

We can offer a private room with a double bed (we also have another large spare room with twin beds if we have a family staying). Towels and hairdryer can be provided. Bathroom is shared with the family, large room has its own sink. We have a lovely big garden and three chickens. You will be welcome to borrow anything in the house and garden (including a bike) - please just ask and we will do our best to help. We want you to have a great experience living with our family.

We live near the train station so you have the best of both worlds living here - there is beautiful countryside here but you can be in central London in 30mins. (Please note that travel to London is quite expensive - it's around 100 for a weekly travel pass to London from our train station, it's about 17 for a ticket to London with a travel card which gives you access to all tubes, buses and trains). There are also plenty of amenities in the village within walking distance of our house - library, nice pubs, small restaurants, independent shops, cafe, and deli etc as well as nice country walks and open spaces so it's a good place to be even if you haven't got transport. There's yoga and other exercise classes within walking distance too. There is also a local bus which goes to the nearby small city of Chelmsford (15 minutes) and the town of Brentwood (15 minutes).

Experience with gardening/woodwork can be helpful but we look forward to welcoming anyone with a great attitude, who enjoys spending time with children and the has energy and enthusiasm to join our busy family for a week or two!

If you have any questions please ask! We love to meet people from all over the world and will be interested to know about your experiences and where you are from. PLEASE MENTION YOUR REFERENCES WHEN YOU GET IN TOUCH. We look forward to hearing from you :)

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