Abbiamo deciso di creare questa pagina in modo da poter pubblicare i vostri racconti cosicché chiunque legga questo blog possa imparare non solo da quello che è stato il nostro percorso, ma anche da voi.
Inviateci una mail a firstname.lastname@example.org con in allegato il vostro racconto e perchè no anche alcune foto e noi lo pubblicheremo in un post tutto vostro!
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Rematch stories are never easy.. sometimes it’s the au pair fault but sometimes not.. Today we want to show you the story of a “not very lucky” girl:
“There are SO MANY reasons why girls or/and host families go into rematch. I agree that sometimes some girls go into rematch for almost “nothing” but if there is something that bothers them, then they totally should go into rematch. It is their year and they want to make the best out of it.
I went into rematch for a few reasons. My first host family was divorced and I was living with the host dad and the 3 kids. He is a doctor.
I skyped with the previous Au Pair (which was very easy going since we both spoke German) and I asked her TONS of questions. Everything that came to my mind.
Little did I know that she was lying from A to Z. About EVERYTHING.
The first shock came directly when I first entered the house. It was not only incredibly messy but it was also VERY VERY dirty. And by dirty I mean stuff like: I couldn’t walk through the living room, I couldn’t use pans or any other stuff in the kitchen because it was filthy, in EVERY rest room nobody was flushing down (yes, I had to throw up right away) and the most incredible thing: My hd was lying about the kids. I asked of course if they have any kind of allergies and so on….
So my 3rd day over there, the little one (6 years) asked me for a Peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Now guess who has a severe allergy to peanuts???? (altro…)
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.
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! (altro…)
… come gestirle? Abbiamo già affrontato questo argomento grazie alla storia di Jess, una giovane ragazza torinese che ha deciso di partire anche se fidanzata e innamorata del proprio ragazzo.
Quello che ci chiediamo oggi è:
- Avere un ragazzo nel proprio stato è un ostacolo o al contrario può essere di supporto?
- A molte au pair capita di incontrare un ragazzo proprio negli Stati Uniti.. questo può essere un problema per la host family?
- Se si ha un ragazzo in USA, come si vive il ritorno a casa?
Entrambe abbiamo preso la decisione di partire in un momento in cui eravamo single poiché pensiamo che per il nostro carattere avere un fidanzato potrebbe essere un ostacolo per la nuova vita. Mapu infatti pensa che sarebbe troppo legata a casa e passerebbe molto tempo libero a chiamarlo invece di crearsi una nuova vita.
Susa invece non sarebbe abbastanza serena, penserebbe che c’è qualcuno che la vuole sentire, quindi dovrebbe preoccuparsi di dedicargli abbastanza tempo. Inoltre sarebbe sempre triste a causa della mancanza e si domanderebbe troppo spesso che cosa il partner stia facendo. Secondo lei un avventura come questa non deve essere rovinata da presenza di un’altra persona che necessita di molte attenzioni.
In generale pensiamo che nel momento in cui mancano la comunicazione, la fiducia o il rispetto da parte di uno dei due, il rapporto non può avere un futuro, e inoltre bisogna chiedersi se davvero ne vale la pena soffrire la mancanza di una persona e non riuscire a godersi appieno un’avventura del genere. (altro…)
Today we want to share with you the saddest story of Karina. Sometimes being an au pair isn’t easy and you should be very lucky to find the right family during the first match. But you should never give up, things can always going better…
I would like to share my story of my first au pair year. Might be a long story, but I hope you can learn something from it.
I was 14 when I decided that I wanted to become an au pair and much more younger when I made up my mind that America was the country of my dreams. I finished college in art, made my hours of experience in my moms daycare and spend all my free time and money to get where I am now: America. I am in my last month of my first year now and looking back on that year I have to say it was a bumpy road. (altro…)
Do you have a boyfriend in your home country and do you think that you are not courageous enought to leave to the States because of the distance? Well you should read Jessica’s story!
my name is Jessica but here, in America, all people call me Jess.
So, I’m jess, I’m 22 years old and I live in California. I arrived in “Los Gatos” (the name of the city) 4 months ago. This is a beautiful place about 50min to san Francisco and 30 minutes from the beautiful beach of Santa Cruz (I call this place a corner of paradise!
Let’s talk about my experience here!Do you have a boyfriend in your home country and do you think that you are not courageous enought to leave to the States because of the distance? Well you should read Jessica’s story!
Hi! Can you tell me something about yourself?
My name is Ambre, I’m 22, (I was 20 when I left for the USA, in October 2012).I’m from France and I spent my year as an au pair in Seattle, Washington state. I took care of one girl, she was 3 1/2 when I arrived.
Why have you chosen to be an au pair?
I wanted to be an au pair, because I was very attracted by the USA, and I wanted to improve my english, as all of the other au pair I think But I also wanted to live in another country, to discover my boundaries and what I was able to do. I needed to proof to myself that I was able to live my hometown for a new country and a new family.
Which agency did you use?
I was with Cultural Care Au Pair
Did you feel homesick?
Never. Oh maybe one time, but that was fast. For like 2 days, when my mom and my sister left Seattle, after visiting me. But that’s all
Did your english improve? How good(or bad) is your english when you arrived there?Hi! Can you tell me something about yourself?
We interviewed an anonymous au pair who is living in the States since February 2013.
“Hi, where are you from and how old are you?”
I’m from Mexico and I’m 22 years.
“Can you tell us some about your experience?”
Sure, about my story ? Well.. I came to NY on feb 18 I was the second Aupair which was a little bit hard in the beginning, because the girls thought the first one was going to stay forever, so in the beginning they didn’t like me even they were 3 years old it was a little tricky but after 3 months everything went very well , my family is just the best family ever I’m a lucky girl to be with them, i couldn’t be happier.
Being an Aupair was the best experience of my life and know that I’m leaving is so sad I want my girls with me but I’m very happy at the same time to be with my family!
One of the best things was that the first Aupair came to visit us and we became in such a good friends! So for me was very excited to meet all kind of people and exchange cultures!!! (altro…)
Today Anna, an italian au pair in DC, tell us her story..
My name is Anna, I’m 19 years old and I’m from a little city near Milan. Almost 7 months ago, I left my country, my family and my friends to start an experience that would have changed my life. On July 22nd 2013 I took a flight to New York, to begin my year as an au pair. If you are reading this article, you probably already know what an au pair is, so I won’t write that and the requirements again, what I want to tell you is what an au pair truly is.
The truth is that there are lots of factors that affect our experience. I found an adorable family, they give me everything I need, respect the rules and reward me when I deserve it. I can’t complain about anything, it’s also thanks to them if I’m living this amazing experience!