After a long bus ride I arrived in the city in the early morning around 6am. I like mornings, especially the peaceful ones when everyone is sleeping or you can just see few people rushing for work and waiting in a line to take their coffee. I was so tired but a long way to my host family´s home was waiting for me. I went to the busy metro and somehow I managed to find a free seat. I didn’t miss my station but when I went out I totally got lost and I couldn’t find the stop for the minibuses. I was going from place to place asking people(not that they understood me but still) and finally, as every happy end, a man helped me and showed me where to wait. It was fast here. I got on the minibus and it drove me to my desired place.
I found my host family’s house easily and I went to the security and told them the number of the flat. They called and the mother said that they are expecting me.. which was not true, because they were expecting me the day after. Funny. We had a misunderstanding about my arrival date, but even if I arrived a day earlier, they had no other option, but to welcome me haha! The mother and one of the daughters opened the door with a confused face but they were still smiling, so I didn’t feel bad.
My first days were a bit confusing while I was learning everything in the house, about their rules, daily life and the area around. Anyways, day by day, I got used to be around this lovely family with three very well-behaved daughters. The biggest one is a very smart and motivated girl. She is a hard-working student and really good at drawing. She showed me her drawings and I was very impressed. She likes to eat healthy things even if she doesn’t like the taste of them haha! Then there is the middle one, a 10-year-old kind-hearted girl. She likes playing volleyball and she really enjoys dealing with her little sister who has 3,5 years old, though if you see her and stay with her for a while you will think she is 5. She will give everything for chocolate and also she is a big fan of eating pear and just eating in general. Eating fish is not her strongest side, but she will tell that it is healthy and it is important to consume it. Going to school is something that makes her happy as well as jumping on you.
My daily life here was not bad, I cannot complain. I had time to walk everyday, since I love doing it, to study and do my own stuff or just meet with friends… although I didn’t have many friends here, since they lived far and my young neighbors were hiding, I guess.. Anyways, I learned so many things while living with this family and I believe that by the time they also learned from me and improved their English speaking skills.
Living with a host family was definitely hard for me, since I am used to live alone and to have more freedom, but at the same time it was good, because I got to experience their daily life, try different foods, see different culture and way of life.
The not so great part is that I had to adapt on someone’s daily routines and make some changes in my daily plans, but still it was not something that couldn’t be managed. The most important thing is your privacy and independence not to be taken, so if you are planning to become an au pair in future – talk every detail with your host family. Of course it is not for you if you don’t enjoy being around children, because the main and actually the only work of the au pair is to take care of children and help them improve their speaking skills in the language they are learning, which most of the times is English.
I have heard many great as well as many bad au pair experiences but I guess mine was among the first ones. I was lucky to meet a great family who welcomed me in their home with kindness.