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AU PAIR´S LETTERS
Helena Ivana Andrea Hadzimana
Greetings from Washington DC

Just to say that it is phenomenal here! I've been here for 6 months. I live in Washington DC and it seems like yesterday that I landed in NY. I never dreamed that it would be so easy. Everything is like a fairytale! America is something all young people should see. My family is super, super, super and I am so happy they chose me! Not for one moment have I regretted that I came as an au pair. I thought at first that I would have a problem with driving, the language, and of course the children, but everything is so easy. You should just see how different children here are. Everything is great. My kids really love me very much because I love sports, traveling and especially swimming. I have taught them how to swim (a little girl and boy of 5 and 3 years old). My hosts appreciate it a lot. I am mostly occupied with the boy because he goes to school only three days a week, but when he is free, he has other activities in which I sometimes participate because it is interesting.

In these 6 months, I’ve visited California, New York, Chicago and North Carolina. It is incredible how much you can see and learn. Girls who are afraid of coming because of the language or driving to the mall, should know that these are small problems. They do everything in this country just to protect citizens. Driving is easy - the girls don’t need to worry! The language - I speak it as if I have been living here for 5 years, not 6 months, because when you come, you immediately begin to learn - first with the children, and they help you a lot, and then with everyone else. Currently I go to college to do dance aerobics. Before that I did ESL- English as a second language. It was great - I met a lot of girls. One of the most important things is the fact that my counselor is very good – available 24 hours, which is great! She is always there for us, always giving us advice and above all knows what to say to us. She is so incredible and cool. So girls, don’t think twice - get the first flight to NY and everything here will be easy. When you visit NY with all the au pair girls who come on the same day as you, that is about 200 girls, it is amazing.

Alida, thank you very much, because if it was not for you and your advice and e-mails I would never be in this place. This is an experience I will never forget and will never regret!

Love
Hadzimana

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