"In the early days may seem like a broom sweep, vacuum cleaner does not pick up the iron is excruciatingly difficult and ironed. But you can really get used to everything. It takes only time and a strong will and sometimes vocabulary, "says Michael Cerna Opava student who is currently working as an au pair in the Scottish village of Balfron.
How to improve foreign language without it, without having to spend a sunny summer day at grammar? Au pairs offer the possibility to combine a pleasant needed. You will see a new country, new faces, make new friends. About how being an au pair stay abroad, what precedes it and what is the use of foreign trips to learn more in a subsequent interview with the graduate school of pedagogy in Opava Michaela Black, who is currently working as an au-pair in Scotland village of Balfron.
** When you first attacked the idea of working in England as an au pair? ** Given the focus of my entire secondary education and an active interest in the English language for me was the au pair is always kind of obvious. I wanted to try how it feels to stand on their own feet, living in a foreign country, gain experience in working with children while you naturally improve foreign language. Au Pair offers all this and it's a nice way to earn.
** Journey abroad brings many fitting – when to start preparing? ** When I started in early 2007, first look for an au pair agencies, I was the disillusionment of the fact how difficult it is to become a candidate, only. The forms must be completed materials must be submitted (a reference for working with children, character references, photographs, criminal records, etc.). Unbelievably many and often dealing with payments, the result is not at all sure. This is all me at the first attempt to completely discouraged. But this year was different in many ways. Online Dating for nearly four months off a year of experience in addition, that's something you can work. Despite the fact that I found near my home agency, led by the Lord, which I know personally, so I did not have to worry about any fraud and the information I had at first hand. Among other things, it is a small agency, so not many konkurentek.
** How does the handling of an au-pair stay in practice? ** The materials necessary for processing the au pair stay is to be sent in advance to enable the Agency to be carefully processed, or verified, and then presented to families. Each agency has its own forms and requirements. In principle, however, differ only in form, not content. The whole treatment was relatively good, because the Agency was very helpful, informed me of all his steps, helped me with everything. To my great surprise, about a week after „the launch of my materials to the world,“ said the first family to be interested. Unfortunately, the family nezkontaktovala me, so I submitted another two families, one of which for the second month of working as an au pair.
[* * Http://www.vysokeskoly.cz/system/data/2308/Skotsko1.jpg] Scottish village of Balfron – view from the au pair
** While you ran an obstacle? ** I can not say I hit landed on the obstacle. With some complications and processing man count must. Given the membership of the Czech Republic and Great Britain in the EU and the relatively short length of stay was no need for special permits. However, information about all of this is for the agency. The truth is that before the departure abroad is necessary to dip into your wallet. Agency fees, travel, insurance, initial expenses, gifts for family and other small but important little things.
** Special certificate required family practice or English? ** The requirements are very individual families. Every family is different and depending on the requirements seem. There are families who can not live without an au pair and can not imagine a family to au pair for yourself first and do not know really what to expect. Importantly, however, added that the girl put some expectations and requirements which have to be an au pair and they are prepared within reasonable limits, they should accept. A related experience girls. Families, therefore, selects the best and most adequate candidate to. Usually a girl with more experience and better English … probably depends on the choice, they get. To choose a simple, fill out both families and au pairs form, which set out their requirements. The agency then selects the best match and provide information on the two parties, which then can decide freely whether they all suits. So if she has a license, it will be submitted to the family that the au pair requires management. If the au pair is only interested in caring for two children, will be offered to families with four children, etc. Of course, the more positive references and the more flexible she is, the better chance of placement is. So each practice, certificate, first aid training and. the great advantage.
** What does the daily work of au pairs, who would you recommend it? ** The requirements are very individual families. Every family is different and depending on the requirements seem. There are families who can not live without an au pair and can not imagine a family to au pair for yourself first and do not know really what to expect. Importantly, however, added that the girl put some expectations and requirements which have to be an au pair and they are prepared within reasonable limits, they should accept. A related experience girls. Families, therefore, selects the best and most adequate candidate to. Usually a girl with more experience and better English … probably depends on the choice, they get. To choose a simple, fill out both families and au pairs form, which set out their requirements. The agency then selects the best match and provide information on the two parties, which then can decide freely whether they all suits. So if she has a license, it will be submitted to the family that the au pair requires management. If the au pair is only interested in caring for two children, will be offered to families with four children, etc. Of course, the more positive references and the more flexible she is, the better chance of placement is. So each practice, certificate, first aid training and. the great advantage. . This work can only make someone on the nature. I have many friends that I know that for them this was the perfect job and I also have a lot of friends that I know that getting into such a situation would be totally lost. Everything depends on the nature of man and the assumptions to work with children and also for work at home. By now everyone must judge for himself and determine their boundaries, because doing an au pair is not easy. Man is responsible for the children entrusted to him and perform „light“ housework. After a month here but I got the impression that domestic work is really easy … all babysitting vytírám Moreover, the cleaner žehlím, washed dishes, dry my dust, coronary dogs, cook dinner for children. In principle, however, complain. Physically, you can manage everything, I mentally balanced and moderate man and a timetable is very well done so far is nothing I nestíhala. In fact, everything depends on the family. Whether it is a tolerant and reasonable, not excessive demands, and can empathize with the situation of girls, who suddenly found herself in a completely foreign environment with very different traditions, far from family and friends. So in the first few days, perhaps it may seem like a broom sweep, vacuum cleaner does not pick up the iron is excruciatingly difficult and ironed. But you can really get used to everything. It takes only time and a strong will and sometimes Dictionary.
[* * Http://www.vysokeskoly.cz/system/data/2308/Skotsko2.jpg] The nearby Loch Lomond
** After working on now comes the rest – how you spend your free time? ** Leisure time for me to become a weekend when I leave. Sometimes, however, babysitting arises, which in my job description, but not regularly every weekend, so sometimes I really enjoy completely undisturbed two days off to spend all kinds of ways. It depends on the weather, finances, mood. The village in which I work, provides young people the power options for entertainment and shopping. Therefore, the loose ride to nearby towns – Stirling, Glasgow, which in turn provide plenty of everything. Of course I plan other trips, but there is still plenty of time ahead of me. However, for nature lovers, Scotland is the right choice. Of course, do not take it all alone, because even though it is a small village, there are currently four working au-pair.
** Doplňuješ your English skills in other ways – for example, a language course? ** When I arrived, I had no intention to attend any language course. One of the au pair in the village, however, convinced me that the odds are not bad if only because it's an opportunity to get at least one week away from the village and meet new friends. In addition, many language schools offer various types of programs for au pair girls. Most of the au pair is only valid traffic and the course is free. That's why I did not hesitate in nearby Stirling, signed up to the 6-week summer school. Six lessons after 120 minutes of me, because the summer season, will cost £ 10. The family that came with it originally did not expect at all, came to meet me and to modify my program so that I can once a week to commute to school. I consider this the family as a great concession for them and I am very grateful.
** New country, new faces, new friends .** While I'm here long enough to say that in the offing some great friendships. Of course I am in contact with other au pairs from the village. We rent movies, visit each other, share their impressions and new experiences. Different workloads and working hours does not allow us to see each other too often, despite the fact that not everyone can just to have something to talk about. Otherwise, I can say that local people are very friendly and helpful. The family I have introduced a great number of friends and yet to me all behave very nicely.
** English in England – what you on arrival in the UK amounted to the biggest problem? ** English in England is English. English in Scotland is Scottish. The fundamental problem is the accent and dialect rarely. Despite his advanced knowledge of English, I still have trouble understanding. However, it is very individual. Some of you are willing to repeat the phrase a hundred times, if needed, others are disappointed it only when desperate to deploy a puzzled expression of a man who suddenly collapses perfect illusion of the great English. However, there is no reason to despair. As a person gets used to the electrical plug with three holes, and eventually gets used to the accent, if not it will even pick up a practice in his own speech. Meanwhile, I am grateful to anyone who speaks nicely to me slowly, articulates, or is more than willing to repeat this to me or explain again. But I hope that in September I will be leaving Scotland in the knowledge that I did what my English was, as far as possible in my power.
Epilogue editor: After talking with a student Michaela Black, I thought the job duties of au pairs and benefits which offer residence abroad. My primary interest was the ratio of hours, including housework and child care versus leisure. The answers I received soon. Mandatory work is 25 hours per week with the family twice a week can a girl ask for a babysitting service – babysitting in the evening, when he wants to go the rest of the family such as culture. The rest of the day, with weekends is given an au-pair space to devote to personal issues. As she loaded with donated time, whether it uses a more thorough study of foreign language, or knowledge of the surrounding countryside, it remains only to herself. A reward for a job? In the case of students surveyed is 55 pounds a week. We will pay for the effort, is not it?
/ / NB.: All information published in the afterword, the editors relate the particular case of an au-pair / /
/ / EXPLANATORY.: / / Babysitting – babysitting during the evening, when the au pair leave
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