Becoming an Au Pair in the US of A requires a lot of paperwork. Not only do you have to show that you have enough childcare experience, that you have a person in your vicinity who’s willing to vouch for you through a character reference, that you don’t have a criminal record and make copies of your passport, drivers license and your degree diploma. You also have to fill out a medical form and have your doctor fill one out and sign it. So being the good girl that I am, I delivered the form at my doctor’s office with the plan to pick it up later that afternoon. I didn’t think it would be a problem as I’m a pretty healthy person.
Which is why I was surprised when a few hours later I had my doctor on the phone who said the following sentence: ‘ehmm.. there’s a bit of a problem’.
Turns out that good ole America won’t take my doctor on her word when she signs a form that says I’m healthy. They also need proof in the form of medical tests. Luckily, I have had nearly all the vaccinations they ask for except for TB, which I haven’t had because TB does not occur in this country often. So my doctor told me that I needed to do a Mantoux test, where they inject you with something or other (I’m not a doctor, okay?!) and then you have to wait 3 to 4 days to see if a bump on your arm forms. If the bump is bigger than 10 mm in diameter (I think), you’re positive and need to get a chest x-ray.
I am happy to say that my arm is completely bump-less and that I thus TB free! Yay! I shall not die of anything soon.
Even though I didn’t think for a moment that I would actually have TB, it does make you nervous and I spend a lot of time inspecting my arm over the last 3 days.
I’m glad that the US government doesn’t ask me to do any other unnecessary medical tests because this little thing was €26 and my finances already are bruised okay? Apparently they used to ask the applicant to get tested for HIV as well but they don’t anymore. They just ask if my doctor thinks I have HIV. I don’t.
So tomorrow I’m going to get my official statement that I don’t have Tuberculosis and then I’m going to my doctor’s office to get her to sign the form which I can then upload onto the au-pair website. And with that I will have gathered all the information that I need to complete the first part of the application. Now I will have to contact the agency, go back to Enschede, get an interview, do a psychological test (apparently they need to weed out the crazies for some reason) and THEN I will be able to start the ‘matching process’. It’s all very exciting.
In other news, I’m going to go on a mini-vacation with my mother to the very most southern part of my little country for the next three days. This is where I’ll be staying:
Yup. I’ll be staying at an actual castle. In an actual tower. Jealous yet?
We’re going to spend the days walking around the beautiful environment most likely, if it’s not too hot to function. I shall post the beautiful pictures I plan to make. Just so you can live vicariously through me. Nice of me, huh?
So, see you in a couple of days! In the meantime, you can follow me on twitter if you would like to keep up to date on my life. Click the little twitter icon in the top right corner to be directed there.