Tisdag 3/2

Tredje febrari 2015.. För exakt ett år sedan, den tredje februari 2014, så åkte jag till USA. Det har nu gått ett helt år sedan jag flyttade utomlands för ett år. Tiden flyger iväg! Känner mig så hemma nu igen, men när jag var i USA så kändes det som en evighet sedan jag var hemma. Konstigt det där.
 
Alla ni som funderar på au pair, åååk! Året går så snabbt och innan du vet ordet av det så är du hemma igen.
 
Anyway. Min lilla ettårsdag spenderades på Posten, jobb 6 timmar först. Sen körde jag hem, duschade, osv. innan jag åkte iväg mot stan för en liten arbetsintervju! Hem sen igen, middag med mampap här hemma och sen slappetid igen innan sooova. 

Q&A - Au Pair - frågor i matchningsprocessen

Fick en fråga om vad man kan ställa för frågor till familjerna man blir matchad med, tänkte att jag lägger upp hela listan på frågor jag hade i ett word-dokument. Om det är någon mer som undrar över nåt, bara fråga! :)
 
Jennie - Hej! Undrar om du har några tips på vad man ska ställa för frågor till familjerna? Tycker det är så himla svårt...
 

The children

·         How many children do you have?

·         How old are your children?

·         What are the names of your children?

·         What personality characteristics do your children have? / What are the children’s personalities like?

·         How does the kids get along with each other?

·         Is there anything in specific I should know about the children?

·         What responsibilities will I have regards to each child?

·         What would you like me to do with the children?

·         What do the children like to do? What are their hobbies and interests?

·         How does the children feel about having an au pair?

·         Am I allowed to invite other au pairs with kids for playdates?

·         What do you think is most important when you raise a child?

·         How do you react when the kids are mean to each other/someone else, and how would you like me to act?

·         How do the children feel about a new au-pair joining the family? Did the family have a good relationship with the last au-pair?

·         (Are the kids potty trained?)

 

The family

·         What are your family's needs and expectations?

·         Do both you and your husband/wife work? (If yes, where do you work? Do you work outside your home?)

·         Do you have any animals? If yes – what responsibilities will I have with it?

·         How important is religion to your family? Do you go to church often?

·         What are your family's hobbies and interests?

·         What do you do in your spare time as a family? Do you as a family has any interests or activities?

·         How does your family celebrate holidays and birthdays in your home? Would I be able to join?

·         If you go on a vacation/on holidays, is your Au Pair welcome to come with you?

·         How much time would we spend together as a family?

·         Would you think of me as a family member or as an employee?

 

 

The schedule/my assignments

·         Other than caring for the children, what else would you expect me to do? (What duties would I perform? What household tasks do you need my help with?)

·         How would a typical day look like for me in your family?

·         Would I have the same schedule every day during the week?

·         Would my schedule change during the summer/other times during the year?

·         Do I have the weekends off?

 

The house and the area

·         Where do you live? In the city, in the suburb or in the countryside?

·         What does your neighborhood/area look like?

·         What does your house look like?

·         How would my room look like? Would I have my own bathroom?

·         Do you have Internet, which I can connect to my own computer?

·         What can I do with the children in the area?

·         What can I do in my spare time in the area?

·         Are there any colleges or universities in the area where you live?

·         Are there other Au Pairs in the area you live in?

·         Is there a public transportation system in the area you live in?

·         Ask about the climate.

·         What type of clothes should I bring?

·         (Could you send my some pictures of the house, my room, the kids and other things you'd like to show me?)

 

Rules

·         Do you have any specific rules I should know about when it comes to the children?

·         Do you have any specific "house rules" that I would have to follow?

·         Would I have a curfew? (If I'm working the next day/If I'm free the next day)

·         Would I be allowed to have friends come over to the house?

·         Do you have any special rules? (Friends over, sleepovers, times when I have to be home etc.)

 

Driving

·         Would I be driving the children? How often/how far?

·         Would I have access of a car in my spare time?
(If yes:

v  Would I be allowed to drive wherever I would like with the car?

v  Or would I only be allowed to drive in specific areas?

v  Would I be allowed to drive on any kinds of roads?

v  Would I have to pay the gas by myself?)

·         Would I have a curfew on the car?

·         Would I have to get an American driving license in the state you live in?

 

Other

·         What made you interested in my application?

·         What do you expect of me as an au pair?

·         What qualities do you look for in an au pair?

·         Why do you need an au pair/Why are you interested in having an au pair?

·         Have you had an Au Pair before?

Bucket list in San Francisco

Har lite grejer som jag verkligen vill hinna göra i San Francisco! Tänkte skriva upp några här, hoppas jag lyckas pricka av dom under året! :)
 
- Pier 39
- Sea lions
- Alcatraz
- Gå/cykla över Golden Gate
- Hike i alla berg runtomkring Mill Valley
- Twin Peaks
- Flyga vattenflyg över SF (http://www.seaplane.com/)
- Besöka The Marine Mammal Center
- Köra längs kusten/bergskanten väster om Golden Gate (har sett på youtube och google maps sjukt fint!)
- Åka cable car
- Fisherman's Wharf
- Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
- Lombard Street
- Painted Ladies
- Haight Street
- Chinatown
- Coit Tower
CC - USA - alcatraz - ashbury - au pair - bucket list - cable car - chinatown - coit tower - cultural care - discovery kingdom - fishermans wharf - golden gate - haight street - hike - lombard street - marine mammal center - mill valley - painted ladies - pier 39 - san fran - san francisco - sea lion - seaplane - sf - six flags - spårvagn - twin peaks