Au Pair In Poland
I was an au pair for a few weeks in Poland summer before last (2008). I met the family through an au pair service website. It was really a kind of bizarre thing I guess since I was only 18 and had never been on an airplane even within the U.S. I've been trying to be more adventurous these days since, well, you really do only live once (unless you believe in reincarnation... but I can't remember any past lives so for now, I'm only living once!)
The family really wanted me to help their children with English more than anything, so I wasn't really left alone with the kids. Which was fine with me, since I didn't (and still don't) speak Polish. The three children didn't speak English, but it was amazing how much you can communicate without spoken language. Besides, when it comes down to it, kids are kids and people are people. So through many gestures and a few mangled Polish phrases and nouns, I think I did pretty well considering.
I was supposed to stay in Poland for all the summer, but my close aunt who was like a mother to me died and I came back to the United States. I'd like to go back to Poland soon, it was so beautiful. And I would also like to have a chance to go to Warsaw and experience some of the history of Poland since I wasn't able to make it to look at the museums.
A side note, the family thought it was hilarious that I was an American au pair in Poland, joked that I was the only au pair in all of the country. But they said when they really thought about it, I probably was. Haha. Which is fine with me. When I do something, I like to really make it something. :)
I'm interested if anyone else has had any unique experiences as an au pair?