The summer before my senior year of college at Penn State, I traveled abroad to be an Au Pair in Forte Dei Marmi, Italy where I watched a 4-year-old boy, six hours a day for six days/week. My daily responsibilities included getting him ready for school, picking him up from preschool, preparing his meals, bathing, and taking him to the beach each day once school was out for the summer. I also created interactive activities and games to help him learn the English language.
After graduating college, I returned to Italy again in order to be a nanny for six months in Torino. I watched two little girls, ages 3 and 5 years old, for six hours/day and five days/week. My main responsibilities included playing with the children and speaking/teaching English. I enhanced and improved the children's retention within three months by developing interactive activities to learn English and the American culture. On various occasions, I babysat the girls in the evening or on Saturday nights while their parents went out. I also traveled with the family on vacation to Marbella, Spain and to go skiing in the Alps.
I truly love working with children and watching them grow both physically and intellectually. What makes the job most rewarding is when a child overcomes an obstacle or learns something new and then realizes their full potential. Being a part of their lives and this process is what truly makes me passionate about working with children.