Dear family, My name is Estel and I am 21. I was born in a small village called Matadepera, but for the last year I have been living in Sabadell (a town near Barcelona) sharing a flat with 3 friends of mine. My parents are Jaume and Montse, my father is a carpenter and my mother is a primary school teacher. I have got a brother, Jordi. He is 18, he is a golf athlete and he combines it with the psychology degree in college. I’ve got a good relationship with my parents and my brother. In this late year we have seen less each other because I’ve been living in another place but that doesn’t made us loose contact at all, because we have lunch together almost every Sunday so we can do all kind of family activities . This year I’ve been living in Sabadell and my second family have been my flatmates: Irene, Adrian and Carlos. We live in a beautiful flat downtown near the theatres where we spend most of our time sharing our passion. We all are in a musical theatre company called TTMU. When I finished high school I went to college to study a philosophy degree in Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, meanwhile I was studying performing arts, working and acting with the company. After two years I realized I couldn’t cope with everything so I decided to leave philosophy and focuse in theatre and work. This year I’ve ended some projects so I’ve decided to be an au pair for a year. I think it will be a great experience for me and an investment for the future. I want to improve my English, get to know another country, another culture, and meet new people and learn from them… Given the fact that I love everything that involves kids, I think this will be the best way to do it. I have chosen US because, although I’ve never been there, I love everything that I have read about it and the things that I have heard from my American friends who came to Spain as au pairs. The first time I took care of children it was in my family. I’ve got ten cousins and six of them are younger than me. I have enjoyed taking care of children since then. I was too young but I could show my parents my sense of responsibility, so when I was 14 and my neighbors asked my parents If they thought I could take care of his little baby they answered yes with no doubt. I was so happy! Since that moment I was recommended to more families and I babysit and taught private lessons to more kids of my village until the last year when I moved to Sabadell. I started working with kids in group when C.D Terrassa, the club where I played field hockey, asked me if I wanted to create a group of the youngest players and teach them sports before they would became part of a team. So together with one of my teammates we started to lead a group of children from 2 to 5 years old. The experience was really good so the Club asked if we could continue with the summercamp, working everyday. It was so exhausting but we were happy because the kids had learned a lot and had a great time!
I was in high school by then and I decided to get the “Titol de monitor d’activitats de lleure infantil i juvenil”, a childcare qualification. It’s a very respected diploma in Spain and demonstrates good experience with children. Later, I started to work as a qualified educator. I trained a hockey team with kids from 3 to 5 years old in Matadepera Hoquei Club, I taught extra scholar English in two different schools to 4 year old kids, I was a monitor in the Prehistoric Museum of Moià for 2 years with the activities that involved kids (workshops, excursions,…), every year we had to deal with more than 3000 kids from different schools around Catalonia in just two weeks!! (that’s the most exhausting job I have ever had…) that was challenging but rewarding because I learned a lot from them. I also work every summer in the municipal summercamps in my village. The last two years I have been focused in my performing arts studies in Barcelona and Sabadell so I got a job in Betania Patmos School, in the uptown of Barcelona where the pupils were totally different from my village kids. The first year I worked as a dinning hall monitor in the primary and secondary school but the second year there was a vacancy as a teacher assistant in preschool (kids from 1 to 5 years old), I applied for it and I got the job. It was a full time job and I learnt a lot from the children and the teachers. There was a friendly and familiar environment and they where so sad when I left but also happy because they knew that being an au pair would be a good experience for me. My 5 year-‐old pupils asked me if I could take them with me in my suitcase to meet “my new kids”. As an unpaid worker I have been monitor in the boyscouts of Matadepera, I have been vocal coach assistant in “13 the musical” in Sabadell (a musical formed by teenagers) and the director of the kids choir of the show “Cantem Disney” (Singing Disney). In my future I would like to work on performing arts pedagogy research so when I come back I’m planning to audition for “Institut del Teatre”, the most important performing arts academy in Catalonia. I can say about me that I’m a responsible, mature, social, helpful and a patient person. I’m playful and I love to make kids laugh but everything has a time and there are rules that we have to respect so I can make kids understand it. I’m very imaginative and I like to tell stories, sing songs, do handicrafts,… As regards my leisure activities, I like to do sports. I play hockey, I swim, I run, I go hiking,… I like to read, listen to music, spend time with my friends, go to the theatre, to the cinema, go to concerts, cook, dance, go shopping, DIY (in Pinterest website I found most of the ideas, I love it!) I think that looking for and choosing an au pair shouldn’t be an easy job because you want the best for your child(ren), but I will do my very best to make sure we spend a great year together so the well-‐being of your children will be my objective. I hope to be part of your family during this year. Estel.