Welcome Jenni to Go Au Pair Providence Cluster!

Jenni is excited to continue her Au Pair experience with Go Au Pair Providence!

Jenni, an Au Pair from Colombia, will be joining Go Au Pair Providence later this week! Jenni is excited to complete her second year in the Providence area. She has been gracious enough to answer some questions for families who might want to know more about the Au Pair Program and Go Au Pair in RI, CT and MA.

Q: Can you tell a little about your first placement? (like where you were, the ages of the kids, maybe about the area, what kind of classes you took)

J     My first placement was in Dallas, Texas. I came to the U.S on June 26th, 2016 to take care of two cute kids one baby of three month and a little girl of 3 years old (Ages they were when I arrived to live with them). I was living exactly in McKinney, this is a nice and peaceful suburb where you can find multiple things to do since malls, movie theaters, restaurants, clubs and trials to go for walks, etc.

 

To achieve my educational credits, I decided to go to an au pair weekend class in San Diego. I think that was one of the best experiences I had at the beginning of my adventure in this country. I traveled there three months after my arrival and I had the opportunity to meet au pairs from other countries like: Germany, Thailand, Austria, Panama, Ecuador, France, Brazil, etc. The classes were great. I had so much fun and the chance to live a multicultural exchange with other au pairs. More advantages of being in that course were I could go and explore around some places in San Diego e.g. libraries, parks and museums like the USS Midway museum. Also, I was volunteering in a race against cancer at a big baseball stadium which  became in such an amazing experience to me. It was not just go there to learn and meet new people but to help others which meant a lot for me.

Q:  Can you share some high-lights of your first year? What were some of the best things that happened to you or the best places you visited or best things you did?

J     Some of the things I want to highlight are for sure the trips I have done. In my first year as an au pair I was visiting Seattle, San Diego, Austin, Cancun, Houston, also I was in a cruise for Cozumel, Belize and Roatan. I feel so lucky because I keep great memories of each place visited. Besides, being immersed into the American culture and know more about its food, people and traditions. This have helped me to be more open mind and growing up as a person. Also, I have met beautiful people I might not forget never.

Q:  What were the low-lights of your first year? Was it hard to leave home, so far for so long?

J     Honestly, for me It was not hard to leave home. And I think everything has been positive.

Q:  How did you fight homesickness?

J     Before I came here I knew I would not have any problems about homesickness. Since the beginning It was on my mind to enjoy and take advantage of my time here. However, I think to meet new people and have friends around help to avoid being sad or missing home.

Q:  Was the "job" what you expected?

J     Yes, it was.

Q:  What were some of the surprises about the job?

J     My host family treated me like a real member of their family.

Q:  What are your plans for this second year? Any special places or activities you want to do before you return to Colombia?

J     To my second year I would like to travel more in the U.S. I wish to go to San Francisco, San Diego (again, because I loved it) Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Colorado and Hawaii (One of the places I cannot wait to go). Besides, I want to do my educational credits for this year in a college, maybe to study English to improve my language skills or another course related with my profession. Also, skydiving and hot air balloon are things I want to do before I leave the U.S.

Q:  Do you have advice for young people considering this program?

J    Don’t hesitate about leaving home and to take advantage of this amazing experience the program gives us.

Q:  Do you have advice for American Host Families considering this program?

J     Treat their au pairs good and to be open mind. Also, to take advantage and learn about she and her country.

Q:  What are your long-term plans in your personal and professional life and how does this experience enhance or help you attain those goals?

J    My plans to the future are to study a diplomatic career and continue to travel around the world.

Good luck to Jenni and her new Host Family! Contact me, Joan Lowell, at 401.309.1925 or jlowell@goaupair.com with your questions about a cultural childcare experience in Southern New England. You can also register online to get started today!

 

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