I mentioned it a couple of times over the last few weeks but going to elaborate on it today. After I’ve graduated this summer, I’m planning on spending a year in the US of A. I’m going to be doing this by becoming an au-pair. Yes, I will be a full-time taking-care-of-a-stangers-child-er in a foreign country halfway around the world. Why? Because it’s fun, and a life experience. And because it’s halfway across the world. Yay, travel!
Last week I got into a car with my mom and traveled from my hometown to Enschede (I would love to hear a non-Dutch speaking person try and pronounce that), a city roughly on the other side of the country to attend an information evening for the program that the organisation Activity International hosted. It was a great evening, I received a lot of information and it really made me realize that I want to do this. So the next day I signed up. It’s going to cost me a pretty dollar (that’s the expression right?) but it’ll be totally worth it. Also, my parents have offered to pay some of the expenses as a graduation present and I will be earning about 250 dollars a week + room and board so I will hopefully be able to safe a lot of that.
So for the last couple of days I’ve been filling out forms, informing them about all of my experience as a care-giver and my degrees, writing a letter to the host family and working on a 2 – 3 minute long video for the potential families to watch. Eugh, I hate being on camera.
Now I just need to get two references, a character reference, a declaration of health and proof that I don’t have a criminal record and I’m good to go.
In the meantime I do need to go on interview and do a psychological test or something. And if that all checks out, then my profile goes life and families could contact me if they wanted to. That would be the exciting part. Because I could go pretty much anywhere in the US. Me, I think I would like to go to the New-England area. Maybe Massachusetts or something. That would be cool. Get a tour of Harvard 😛
But anyway, I will keep you all up to date as this adventure proceeds. I’m half terrified, half really excited about it all. I mean, a year abroad can be either really good or really really bad. I hope it’ll be on the good side!