testimonianza JordynHi Gaia, thanks again for everything you did for me this summer. I ended up having a fantastic experience with my second host family and I felt really good about the work I was doing. Thank you so much for your support and hospitality when I came to Milan. I hope you’re doing well!

 

 

 

 

The Italian way  I’m living in Arese is a cute little suburb outside of Milano in the Italian region of Lombardy. It’s very green and family oriented with everything you could ever need within walking distance. This is my new home until we move to Genova in June.

My family, is fantastic! It’s only been a few days, but I feel like I fit right in. They are welcoming, outgoing and have a really great sense of humor. They speak very good english, which makes up for my lack of Italian and just as you would image, cook the most amazing meals. Pasta, on pizza, on gelato. (good thing I enjoy running!)

Over the weekend, we went to visit, “Uncle” who lives in Salsomaggiore Terme, a town in northern Italy located in the province of Parma. It is a popular Spa town because the water is strongly saline. We of course took Sam, their adorable white golden retriever and the dog I’d die to have.

We spent the day feasting at a small, local Italian restaurant in the countryside drinking wine and eating plates of meats, cheeses, pasta, and tiramisu. After an indulging lunch, we hiked the countryside to a castle. We wandered around until we noticed someone walking outside and then sprinted down the hill to the car.

Next, we went to the main piazza, where we walked around the shops and finally found a nice grassy area to lounge. We headed back that evening to prepare for dinner by 8pm.

Italian families are very affectionate and charismatic. They crack jokes, do impersonations, and speak loudly. Family comes first, and then food. Their day largely revolves around when it’s time to eat as a family. They implement a lot of structure into their daily lives and keep to it.

This is something I greatly admire.

Rosa has been our AuPair for a year, and I would recommend her to anyone. This was her first Au Pair placement and despite this, she has been excellent.
Rosa is honest, hardworking and always happy to help. She is very affectionate towards our children (aged 9 & 10) and they will miss her when she is gone. She is a self starter, who gets on with whatever needs to be done with the children or in the house, without being asked. She cooks, cleans and tidy's (despite the fact that we have a cleaner.)


We very rarely need to ask her to do anything (because she gets on with jobs) but when we do, nothing is too much trouble.
She has looked after our children whilst we have been away for weekends, and walks our two large dogs (whom she loves and the feeling is mutual!) most days.
She speaks English to a conversational standard and has attended classes whilst here, to help her improve (which she has).
Again, I would recommend her highly and wish her well for her future career.
Bryon McHarrow.

I chose italy for the au pair experience as I thought that it has a lot to offer concerning the culture, the language and of course the beautiful cities filled with history and beauty!

I do not regret coming here as I got the opportunity to be with 2 host-families due to circumstances* I got to love the kids and enjoy spending time with the family. They really were great and so considerate! I got to see some of the most beautiful places in Italy and although I never got to learn the language - I got by! During my experience I got to know myself even a little better! I gained more knowledge about life and got wiser about the world outside your comfort zone where survival is compulsary! I made some memories worth telling to my children oneday, and it was one of my greatest adventures so far in life!

I was in Italy as an au pair for three and a half months, and it was a lovely time. I worked in the morning for about five hours doing various tasks such as preparing breakfast and doing English homework and playing with the nine year old girl that I watched. After that I would go to the beach with the family or meet up with some of the other au pairs in the area for a gelato. On weekends we would take day trips to the surrounding areas. Once we even went to France! The family was very nice and they treated me like I was one of their daughters. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants an adventure, but is short on funds. By Emilia

What did I learn during my summer in Italy? I could fill a whole book of things I learned but let's try to take it one at a time..

First, I learned to not worry so much. I know! That sounds cliché but I realized how much the American lifestyle rubbed off on me. I was acting the exact way that I preached was what I disliked about us Americans! Rushed, overbooked, and not living in the moment. So NOT Italian. I spent the first of my three months in Milan and I was completely overwhelmed with all the sightseeing I had to squish into that one month! I was trying to do too much and therefore wasn't enjoying the little things that are worth remembering. Luckily, my host family was super patient with me! I watched how the Italians handled stress and took notes. It's all about your overall view on life. If you keep your priorities in check, then you will understand most of your worries are unnecessary. Then you will realize your top priorites are and what they should be.

Second, I learned to appreciate everything in my life more. From the architecture of an old black and white marbled church tucked away in the city, to a poppy flower in the middle of a meadow that you pass every week on your runs. There is the most beauty in the most simplest of things, you must only take a moment to stop and find it. And need I mention Italian food? Not only is it delicious but how meditatively they eat is so relaxing and makes eating enjoyable. This is truly the secret to how Italians stay so skinny!

Lastly, aupairing has helped me find out about myself and grow to become a better person. This experience has put alot of things in perspective for me. It pinpoints your fears (being way outside your comfort zone) and therefore helps you get over them. This trip has honestly done me a world of good. I am a much more religious person than I would have ever dreamed I would turn out and I have accomplished exactly what I wanted in my too short of a stay.

There is a major difference between reading about how amazing a country is, and experiencing how amazing a country is. It is absolutely fascinating discovering the cultural differences between your country and theirs. It makes you feel like you are unlocking a huge secret, only you understand, and it literally feels like your brain is growing! By the way, I strongly suggest you bring a journal along to make sure you never forget your incredible experience!

Aupairing is definitely the best way for a young person to learn about a foreign culture. You are pushed out into a new world, to find new friends, and make awesome memories along the way. As long as you are an open, curious person and try to meet as many people as possible, you WILL make a new life for yourself and have another place in the world to call home. By Isabel!

Everything began just as a dream but it ended up being the time of my life . Since I was a teenager  I had this feeling about Italy, somehow I fell in love with this place, the culture, the language, etc.  I wanted to get know everything about it.  I constantly had the desire of living there and I never gave up on that.  Last year I found this amazing opportunity that helped me reach my goal! I almost didn't believe I was that close, I started reading about this program "walk and tutor" and of course I didn't hesitate to leap in to it. Finally after all the paper work and the interviews here I was, taking the plane that was going to take me to my new adventure.  
Living with this Italian family was amazing, since the first moment they made me feel so welcome, they soon adopted me as a part of the family.

I was so exited to be there, just to wake up there every day, to smell fresh coffee, to hear the beautiful sound of the Italian language, to go biking around the neighborhood, to taste a "gelato" in a hot sunny day, I can't find enough words to describe the sensation that I experienced there every single day.
I spend three months in Rapallo Italy, teaching English to this adorable little girl named Carlotta, we had so much fun together, I could say that we became good friends. During my stay in Rapallo I was able to got to know a lot of nice people, the Pirelli's family had lots of friends around, we used to spend some days  laying down at the beach, having picnics there, "my family"  was always very kind to introduced me to their friends as if I was part of them, everyone was so welcome and so interested in my culture and my language.  
At the end of my trip saying goodbye to them was not easy, time passed by really fast I couldn't believe it was three months already! and it was time to go back home.  Almost the whole family  took me to the train station and we all hugged and cried  happy and sad tears.

I have not enough word to describe the beautiful and amazing experience I had last year, I thank God for giving me the chance to have such a wonderful experience and to placed me in such a nice home.  I can say that I have  family back in Italy which I will never forget and I will always keep them in my heart.

I love you and miss you all I really hope to go back some day!!
we should skype soon :)
xxx Miriam!

 

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