Hello! I´am Mireille
Dear Host Family,
Even though I was an au pair before, again it's so strange to me to start writing a letter to someone I have never met before. What am I even saying – someone? An entire family! I cannot help but wonder whether or not we will ever meet.
Before I get to know your family, I think it is only fair to tell you something about my life. My name is Mireille and I am 21 years old. I spend my days in Utrecht, in a great house with 11 other students. I’m studying to be a Dutch teacher, but English is not a problem for me either. My family is pretty tight. On weekdays, my brother studies law and lives in Utrecht aswell. My mother teaches children in high school the Dutch language and my father manages mechanics who deal with broken ATMs. My family is very supportive which I think is very important in a program like this. My friends and I spend every sparetime together, but I don’t think I’d miss them a lot while I’m gone. I worked as an au pair in Sydney, Australia for 6 months and got through that okay, aswell. The kids I looked after there were 2, 2 – girls, twins – and a 5 year old boy. I’m still in contact with this family and I really hope I save enough money to go and visit them someday soon.
Let’s take a look at my hobbies. What I like most is just chilling and chatting with my friends: they are as I said very important to me. I love to listen to good music, and reproduce it. My vocals and piano skills are amateurish, but I very much enjoy making music. Also I like to participate in sports: soccer for example. I love the game and the team spirit! Therewithal, I like being heard. That’s why I was a part of the ‘Rabobank Jongerenraad’; the youth section of a national banking house. We were there to ask questions about the bank, and to give the youths opinion. Also I participated in EYP; European Youth Parliament. We were selected to debate about all kinds of social questions in Europe. Last but not least I played a part in the program WORLD=U. It invited youth to come forward and discuss environment, wealth, nutrition and global citizenship. I think I learned a lot there.
I want to finish stating how much I loved being an au pair in Australia. Children can be happy with the tiniest things. They are innocent, and can appreciate so much. Also, I like the fact that they are so honest. They generally say what they think, or they do not say anything at all. I love goofing around with children and the fact that you are an example to them. On top of that, I had a great bond with my hostparents, Belinda and Tim.
I really hope that I have given you a proper insight in what my life and character look like. If there is anything unclear, you can of course contact the organisation, or email me.
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.