AuPair e animali: come la tua esperienza può cambiare

In quest post vogliamo focalizzarci sul rapporto au pair/animali. Ma di quale animali stiamo parlando? Beh sia degli animali domestici che di quelli selvatici!! Vediamoli insieme nel dettaglio

L’AU PAIR E GLI ANIMALI DOMESTICI
Iniziamo precisando che tra i compiti di un’au pair non c’è quello di prendersi cura del pet della sua host family.animali-bimbi
Non possono quindi obbligarvi, ad esempio, a portare fuori il cane, a pulire dove sporca o rimanere a casa con lui.
Se vi viene chiesto quindi di occuparvene, a meno che a voi non faccia piacere farlo, solitamente dovrebbero darvi una paga extra .
Occuparsi di un animale è una grossa responsabilità e spesso le famiglie hanno qualsiasi tipo di animale: gatti, cani, pesciolini, porcellini d’india ecc. Quindi prima di un eventuale match informatevi bene su quali responsabilità avete anche con l’animale domestico, così da non avere sorprese all’arrivo.
A molte au pair, che non si sono informate, è capitato di arrivare in famiglia e sentirsi dire, magari in pieno inverno e mentre nevicava che dovevano portare fuori il cane. E non si trattava di un’eccezione, perché quelle possono sempre capitare, ma della routine! Non ci si possiamo quindi lamentare!

L’AU PAIR E GLI ANIMALI SELVATICI
Gli States sono immensi e vi sono quindi innumerevoli specie animali diverse da quelle del proprio paese natio. Se abbiamo quindi delle fobie verso alcuni di essi (ragni, serpenti, scorpioni, ecc) e bene chiedere, anche in questo caso prima del match, se e quali specie ci sono dove abita la vostra family e sopratutto le possibilità di averci a che fare.House Spider 2
Solitamente gli animali più pericolosi/terrificanti si trovano negli stati centrali, quali ad esempio il Texas o l’Arizona e anche se sono solitamente zone con una bassa densità di popolazione, vi sono famiglie che cercano un’au pair.
Passare un anno a dover combattere con le proprie fobie è molto brutto e stressante, quindi meglio fare qualche domanda in più per non incappare poi in un rematch dettato da cause di forza maggiore.
Per farvi capire meglio, vi scriviamo un pezzo di conversazione avvenuta con una ragazza che si è trovata in questa situazione:

“I live in an area with a lot of poisonous spiders, tarantulas, scorpions and snakes. I’m terrified of everything those things!!
My hostmum told me that whenever I find them around our house, I have to kill them (with spray, a shoe or whatever I find). The only time she would come home from work to help me would be If I find a rattlesnake-otherwise I have to deal with them by myself. I haven’t found anything yet, but living close to the Sonoran desert the chance to is high that it’s going to change soon.
Of course it’s my priority to keep the kids safe, but I just don’t feel like I’m mentally ready to smash a freaking wolf spider with my shoe!
So, can she force me to do that? Is she allowed to send me to rematch because of that?”

“oh god I feel your pain. Had to deal with a snake my first month when I got there.
Well…if she doesn’t “force” you, what else would you do? I mean if something like that is getting somehow into the house, wouldn’t you be more relieved to kill it instead of “living in fear”?
I don’t think she would send anyone into rematch because of something like that.”

“That’s what I mean, I’m afraid that she feels like I can’t keep the kids safe. I would just prefer to get the kids out of the house until she comes home, and let her kill it. But she said it would be to hard to find whatever got in the house later. Of course I would be relieved If it’s dead, but I get goosebumps when I see tarantulas on TV, I don’t think I could even be able to get close enough to them!”

“Maybe get a spray, so you don’t have to get too close?”

“I don’t think she’ ll send you to rematch if you don’t kill the beast. For me I’ d say I’ll better kill now so it won’t get into my bed later and I think I ‘d get used to it after a few spider smashes.”

“If you have venomous animals around the house, like rattlesnakes you better stay the hell away! I don’t know where you come from, but no matter what snake you find around your house, that snake is gonna be a lot faster then you. DO NOT try to kill venomous animals on your own! Don’t walk up to any animals that could bite you . Call 911. There are parts of the country that have Venom Patrol that will come out and help you if you need them. As someone who have a lot of experience and knowledge of snakes (long story) I’m telling you, stay away. A rattle snake have enough venom in it’s body to kill a grown human with no trouble at all and it will bite you if you threaten it. Not to mention that they have heat vision, and will see you long before you see it. Do yourself a favor and tell your hostmom that you don’t want to touch the animals at all, no matter what kind they are and stay safe.
I mean kill the spiders and the scorpions in the house if you can do it in a safe way for yourself, but stay away from all the snakes. Venomous or not”

“Did you know you had to do this before you matched with this family? Do you have any neighbors living nearby who you can call or give you advise?”

“My hostmum told me not to deal with the snakes, but that would be the only reason for her to come home. Unfortunatly I don’t know any of the people living around the house. The next AuPair lives 20 min away and is as scared as I am. I live in Arizona, close to Mexico”

“Well, find like a broom or something and keep handy in the house, so that you can kill spiders and stuff on a distance and doesn’t risk actually touching the animals.”

“My suggestion would be to take a glass or a can and put it over the spider or whatever, that’s a good way to trap it until somebody comes home that will take it outside or kill it. I found a small snake once in my family room, it must have come in from the garage. My son took it outside. We are in the semi-desert here in Denver. Yes, the hot parts of the USA do have a lot of bugs, mosquitos and other critters.”

“Oh well I don’t know how they are big, but here, in Italy I sometimes use a vacuum cleaner so it captures the spiders and I stay far from them. And after it is not my business to clean the vacuum cleaner when it is full!”

“You can browse youtube and find pretty good examples of how to deal with scorpions, spiders and other things safely. As already mentioned, do not try to deal with snakes on your own, call for help.”

Ricordate quindi di fare tutte le domande necessarie prima di un possibile match. Potete leggere le nostre domande utili da porre alla family e nel caso suggerirne altre nei commenti!

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