Au Pair: Jessica, Ecuador
Host Family: Mishra Family
Who would say strange people can become your family and unknown places a home! Hello, this is Jessy, I am from Ecuador currently living in Haymarket and this is my story in the USA.I came to the USA in December 2019. A great moment, to know my new host family had arrived, it was December 18th, and I was quite nervous and impatient. I got to know them after two hours of flying from New York to Richmond.
As a surprise for the first day, I went to pick up the girls from their school, they looked as cute as in the pictures, of course! Since the first day, the kids showed me their appreciation and respect. We spent our first Saturday together building a gingerbread house, that house was appraised for 1 million cracker dollars for the little gingerbread men. The kids did not stop talking about the price of their house for a while. They enjoyed that activity and I knew it was the beginning of our adventures together.
Au Pair: Tamara, Hungary
Host Family: Warner Family
I have so many thoughts running through my mind. The past two years have been a study in extremes. This period made a huge difference in my life. When I reached the middle of my first year and had the opportunity to extend, I did not know if I wanted to stay. Being an au pair seemed like the hardest job in the world. I missed my family and was not having the experience I had hoped for. After thinking a lot, I decided to give another chance to this, so with full hopes, I started looking for a new host family.
Andy, the best host dad, who is the most patient person I know, for whom nothing is impossible. Thanks to him, I’m much sportier than I was before, because we workout together as a family, and he helps me to stay fit. The most adorable 14 months old baby boy is Blake. I look at him like an angel that God sent to make me happy and cheerful again. They have always shown appreciation for my work and they paid attention to me so much that I felt like a family member so easily. They always give me positive feedback which helps me build my self-confidence and believe in myself. Thanks to them, I became more excited with a desire for adventure, more confident and balanced than ever before. In the beginning, it was hard for me to speak in English.
We prepared the Thanksgiving menu together, we opened the gifts together that had been hidden in stockings on Christmas and we decorated our golf cart for the parade on July 4th. As a European, it is an unforgettable experience to live with an American family and experience the American holidays with them that before I only dreamed about. For me, the United States is the land of opportunities. The things that I could only wish for in Hungary, now my reality. I would have never thought I had the chance to snorkel in Hawaii, to paddle board at Lake Tahoe, to ski in Colorado, to taste crocodile meat in New Orleans, to sunbathe on the beaches of Puerto Rico or wear cowboy boots in Texas.
I am very grateful to the GoAuPair agency for giving me the opportunity to get to know the United States and that they have accompanied me all the way through my initially difficult journey, which ended with 12 wonderful months. Also, big thanks to the Warner Family who restored my faith in being an au pair, who treated me as an equal family member, who always tried to make me happy even though they were tired, and to whom I can be thankful for giving me the most wonderful year of my life. A month before the end of my second year, my heart is overflowing with gratitude and happiness. I am sure that these experiences will accompany me throughout my whole life