17 jan 2016

Dicas para escrever a carta para a Host Family

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Olá galera! Tudo bem? Senta que lá vem post longo.

Animadas para embarcar no mundo auperiano em 2016? Adoro a energia boa que o começo do ano traz para nós, fazemos mil planos e parece que temos um gás a mais para realizá-los. Que tal começarmos pela carta para a host family?

A host family letter é muito importante pois a família te conhece um pouco mais, seus gostos, passatempos, suas atividades favoritas com as crianças, etc…  A minha carta foi bem elogiada pelas famílias quando estava online. Uma host mom me disse que só lendo minha carta já deu pra me conhecer bem. Então… vamos às dicas:

— Não esqueça da saudação (é óbvio, mas vai que… lol)

— Comece falando sobre você, sua família, seu trabalho, seus estudos.

— Fale um pouco sobre sua família, para que a host family possa conhecer o ambiente em que você vive. Se tiver irmãos mais novos, pode escrever sobre eles e a ajuda que você deu para sua mãe cuidando deles.

— Fale sobre sua experiência com crianças. Não esqueça de informar a idade, as atividades que era responsável por e também as que mais gostava de fazer com elas. Se tem experiência dirigindo, escreva sobre isso também, as famílias buscam muito isso nas au pairs.

— Fale sobre sua experiência profissional/acadêmica. Se isso for te ajudar com a experiência com crianças (eu era professora de inglês para crianças), melhor ainda, mas se não for, escreva mesmo assim porque a host family procura ver seus interesses e habilidades. Por exemplo: Uma família super saudável está em busca de uma au pair que entenda de refeições balanceadas e você cursa nutrição/trabalha na área, olha que ótimo :). Se você já tem uma ideia do que quer estudar enquanto estiver nos EUA, escreva sobre isso também.

— Escreva sobre o que você faz em seu tempo livre. E capriche. As host families amam saber disso! Se você gosta de sair, fale sobre seu lugar favorito, se gosta de assistir séries, conte qual é a sua favorita. Isso ajuda a criar uma possível conexão com a host family. Exemplo: Você ama The Big Bang Theory e a possível host mom também. Já é um assunto para a entrevista por Skype.

— Se você já fez outro intercâmbio ou ficou um tempo sozinha longe de casa, conte sua experiência. São vários pontos a mais com a hf nos quesitos maturidade, responsabilidade e independência. Se não tiver passado um tempinho all by yourself não tem problema e é o caso da maioria das meninas. Seja positiva! Demonstre firmeza na decisão de morar fora e entusiasmo!! Diga que tem certeza que passar uma temporada fora te proporcionará crescimento pessoal e profissional.

— Finalize escrevendo sobre as razões de querer ser um au pair nos Estados Unidos. Essa é uma pergunta que as host families sempre fazem e se você já tiver pensado nisso antes, te ajudará muito. Tente ser o mais sincera possível. Se quer viajar, fale sobre uma dream trip que gostaria de fazer no seu ano de au pair, se precisa melhorar o inglês, fale que morar com uma família americana vai ser essencial para a melhora do idioma. Não esqueça de mencionar as crianças, afinal esse será seu trabalho e eles gostariam de ler que você quer ser uma au pair também porque ama estar com elas.

 

Bom, se você escrever sobre todos os assuntos acima, tenho certeza que atingirá o mínimo de 600 palavras necessárias e dará uma boa noção à host family de quem você é.

 

Se vocês quiserem, podem enviar as cartas de vocês por e-mail e eu as revisarei quando tiver um tempinho :)

Meu e-mail é eltvanessa@gmail.com

Boa sorte a todas!!!

Nos vemos na terra do tio Sam.

Vanessa

 

Essa foi a minha carta:

Hello host family! It’s a pleasure to write for you.
My name is Vanessa, I have a degree in Languages – Portuguese and English. I’m 22 years old and I live in Vinhedo, a very beautiful town in the state of São Paulo. I live with my family. They’re: mom Marlene, dad Flávio and brothers (Vinícius, who is 12 and Vitor, who is 15). I have a loved pet: Russell, my cat. I really love animals and I’d love to help if you have any cats or dogs. I’m a school teacher and auxiliary coordinator at SKILL, a languages school. I teach Portuguese and English to kids, teens and adults. I love my job, I think it is one of the most gratifying professions one could have. My father is a very hard work man who owns a small factory that produces truck pieces. My mom is a housewife and also works hard in order to keep the house organized and the family happy. My youngest brother, Vinícius is a very energetic boy who loves to play soccer with his friend. So does Vitor, the middle child. They play a lot with their neighborhood friends. I’ve always helped my mom to take of my brothers. Vitor, who is now a teenager, was the second child in my family. He was born when I was 7 years old so I could help looking after him and playing with him. When my youngest brother was born I was 11 years old, so I could help a lot more. I could bathe him, prepare snacks, take him to school, help with the homework, play… We did lots of things together and we’re very close. Besides the constant help I’ve given my mom with my brothers, I also took care of Clara and Junior. I took care of them when I was 18 years old. Clara was 4 and Junior was 12. They’re amazing kids and I really liked working for Tobias’ family. I used to bathe Clara, cook for her, change her clothes, take her to school, help with her homework, keep her bedroom in order and, of course, play a lot with her. We used to do lots of different activities such as: going to the playground near her house, doing arts and crafts, swimming, drawing, etc. She is a very beautiful girl and we’re still keeping touch. Junior was older, so he could do most of the activities himself. He is a very intelligent boy and always enjoyed computer games. I used to help him with his homework, take him to school, cook for him, keep his bedroom in order and take him to swimming and guitar classes. I took care of Marcelo and Roberto as well. I was fully responsible for them from monday to friday from 8 am to 6 pm in December of 2014, January and February of 2015. I could work as their nanny because the school I work was closed for vacation. Marcelo is 7 and Roberto is 10. They’re my neighbors and their mom asked me to look after them while she was working as a salesperson. It was a really great opportunity to mantain contact with children. I used to prepare their meals, play with them, help with the shower, and for a few days take them to school. Just for a dew days because in Brazil the school vacation happens from December to January. I enjoyed taking care of them and I still see them almost every day.

I’ve also worked as a school teacher in three different schools. Most of my students were from 6 to 9-year-old-full-of-life-kids. Being a teacher is so special! We have magic moments inside and outside the classroom. It’s fantastic to see a kid who knows nothing about English or Portuguese (if he/she is a foreign) and in a few months you bump into the kid and he/ she is speaking the target language. It feels really good. Kids learn so fast! I’m always searching for games and different activities to bring to my classroom. I want my students to feel as good as possible while they’re with me. We play indoors and outdoors, sing songs, dance and cook in our classes. Teaching is very challenging, no doubt, but if you really love it and is prepared to do so it’s wonderful and that’s for sure.

I spend most of my time preparing my classes and reading brazilian literature books. I think I’m a very lucky person because I love everything I do. I really like studying languages. My course is excellent and requires a lot of hard work, which it’s great and one more reason for me to do my best. My favorite subject was Brazilian Literature, I just love studying it! My favorite author is Machado de Assis. He’s one of the greatest poets in the world. I admire my professors and I wish that in the future I may be so experienced as them.

One of my favorite pastimes is to read. I love reading and I have a quite big collection of books. I also like to write, sing, run, watch movies and sitcoms, swim, go out with friends. My best friend is Ana. We often go to the mall in our free time, we like to watch movies, buy new books and have coffees. I’m a big fan of old movies and my favorite director is Alfred Hitchcock. I love the French language and culture. I love learning new languages in general, but the French language really fascinates me.

Well, that was a little bit of me and the life I have here in Brazil. Being an au pair is an excellent choice for my life. I couldn’t find a way to be happier living abroad than taking care of kids and speaking English all the time. I hope this experience brings me lots of good stories to tell, memories to carry all my life, photos to show my family, improvement to my English, and a host family to remember and always keep in my heart.

Thanks for reading.
Best wishes,
Vanessa.

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