Tolerance, kindness, interest – New York Introductory Workshop

My name is Bianka, from Hungary, Europe. I am an au pair since the beginning of August, 2016. My first experiences, here in the US were in New York with some curious, enthusiastic people…14054328_1163887127019801_2435939692608322761_o.jpg

….I only spent 3 days with those guys in New York, but it was a really important experience in my life. Not because of the place, but the people with me. I am thankful for my Host Family that they provided me the possibility to go there and for the chance to met Patrick (our instructor).

In the hotel, the food was delicious. The atmosphere was calm and friendly. Everything was comfortable. We’ve seen the famous places, which I didn’t really care. Well, of course, that was SOMETHING, but for me, it was too much: too much people, too much smell, too much people around me. I didn’t get the New York City feeling, but I actually felt the city which never sleeps one.

“New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.”  Bob Dylan

Patrick taught us, how to try to save a life (or two), how to be calm in a dangerous situation. This wasn’t new for me, but it was extremely satisfying, more than we could ask for. He was chatty, funny and energetic. He’s a kind of man who you’ll always remember of.

Here are some things, I’ve learnt while I was in New York: 

  • It is okay, when somebody (who you are with) eats from your food. Without asking.
  • Don’t need to eat all of your food. It is okay to throw it away, when you are done.
  • You can do whatever you want!
  • Be tolerant and patient. All the time.
  • Ask! Ask! Ask! Ask, when you don’t understand something. Ask, when you need something. Ask!
  • Don’t be shy! Try to talk, or at least listen.
  • People here, try to understand you, even if your English is awful.
  • It does matter, where did you come from. Never ever forget that! Never feel ashamed because of it!

I hope, that the article was enjoyable! You’ll be able to read my posts about new au pairs, about the events, about my country and I’ll write posts when an au pair leaves. ♥

 

My Au Pair experience in 2013.

Ophelia’s Diary.

 2013 year was a great and harvest year for me. I am so thankful that I can be an Au Pair. I love being an Au Pair and would like to share my Au Pair experience with you.

Au Pair US

In January, 2013 I finished all the Au Pair application documents. The next step was matching with family. During this time, I did an internship job at Chinese Au Pair center and tutored American kids mandarin. This experience helped speed up my matching process. On March 3, I got an offer from the family I like. I accepted it happily.

Ophelia NYC

On July 8, I arrived New York! This was the first flight in my life. A 20 hours long international flight. I had a great time with Au Pair Sis and a lot Au Pairs during New York Workshop.

New York workshop

After the workshop, my wonderful Au Pair life started in Philadelphia.

keepsake Go Au Pair

With my host child Theo, I never feel alone. Love is everywhere in my host family’s home. 

Au Pair Go Au pair OpheliaIf you don’t experience by yourself, you can never imagine how amazing Au Pair’s life could be.

Au Pairs photo contest 3

I had a great time at Peddler’s Village with my best friend Adriana’s host family.

Peddler's villlage with Adriana's host

 I went to Harvest America Music Concert and Atlantic city with Adriana.

Au Pairs NJ

I had classic Italian desserts cooking class as my first American birthday gift and my birthday celebration with Au Pairs friends.

Ophelia birthday

I had awesome English class at International house.

Au Pairs class

Also, I went bowling and volunteering at the Philadelphia Marathon with many Au Pairs.

au pairs contest photo 2I just came back from a wonderful Houston Thanksgiving trip, now I am going to Alaska and Hawaii with my host.

Au Pair Ophelia in Huoston 2

If not the Au Pair program, how could all my dreams come true?

Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary.

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