This is Melanie's second time as an au pair. Read all about her experience with her new host family.
What made you decided to Return as au pair in America?
I decided to be an Au Pair in America for a second time because children are my passion and it's a good way to do what I love, while I can take advantage of the educational possibilities that the program and the country offers. Being an au pair changed my life. It opened my mind, and helped me understand the world around me. It also helped me to grow emotionally, and it still challenges me every day.
Did you return to the same family or a new family?
I returned to a new family and they're an absolute perfect match.
How would you describe the au pair experience the second time around?
Being an Au Pair for the second time is way easier. There are many things I already knew, and that gave me a lot of confidence in every aspect of my life back in the States. It actually helped me focus on different things like school, volunteering, and even doing a variety of cultural activities with the kids. And of course all the things I learned before brought a more mature Melanie back to the States. The communication with my family is better, my performance with the kids, my grades at school, and my input in the community have improved a lot.
Tell us a little bit about your host family.
I'm the au pair of a hard working and full time single dad of three wonderful kids. I admire my host dad because he works a lot and he dedicates his energies to make his kids happy. As the au pair, I feel appreciated and that I'm being trusted. The kids are incredible. I am their best friend and they tell me everything! We love to do "projects" (baking, sewing, arts and crafts). They enjoy my silliness, but they also respect me.
Describe a typical day with your host family.
I get up early to make lunches and to catch up with my host dad. I then wake the kids, which is a good time to cuddle before getting up and ready for the day. We have breakfast and get ready to go to school. When the kids are at school I go to college and/or to my volunteer activities. Then it's time to pick up the kids, we get in the car and chat about the day. Sometimes we stop for ice cream, or cookies, or any special treat. If there are no after school activities we go home and we do homework together. I prepare dinner which we all have together and I hear more stories! Then it's bath time, movie time and bed time...until the next day.
What do you enjoy the most of being an au pair in America?
What I enjoy the most right now is being an important part of the kid's lives. I love loving them and being so loved by them. I enjoy activities like carving pumpkins, or making gingerbread houses, or baking cakes, and especially the support that my host dad gives me with our crazy ideas. I feel like I'm making a long lasting impact in their life and that is just an amazing feeling!