My name is Rebecca and I am a 23 year old Canadian who is trying to find her place in the world. In March 2011, I was offered a position as an au pair in Geneva, Switzerland for a year. I leave for my new home away from home in August 2011. Until then, this blog will detail my life as I prepare to abandon it for a new one! Once I arrive, the blog will be dedicated to the trials and tribulations of being an au pair, not that expect to have too many problems (*fingers crossed*).
1. What I do in Canada:
I just finished up at York University and I work for the City of Toronto as a part-time Aquatic Supervisor and Lifeguard. In my free time (which I do not have much of), I like to swim, read, and enjoy Toronto with my friends.
2. Why I started a blog:
I figure that I will be spending most of my free time while in Europe writing separate emails to friends and family about my time abroad. Instead, I hope to cut down on those lengthly emails by posting most of my stories on here for everyone to read. This does not mean that I wont be sending home those emails. It just means they might be a bit shorter.
3. Why I am au pairing:
Since the age of twelve, I have always found some way of incorporating working with children into my life. It started out babysitting, then I became a swim instructor. From there I have volunteered in classrooms (Grades k-12) for over 6 years as well as day camps and after school programs. I feel like the day is always more exciting when working with children, and I find that I become more involved in my work (whether its planning activities or running them). When I found out about the chance to work with youth while improving my French and travelling through Europe, I jumped at the chance. I cannot think of a better way to spend a year!
4. How often I will be posting:
That all depends on what is happening in my life. Some days, I may post more than once, and then there may be quite a few days in between the next one. My life is not interesting every minute, as hard as that may seem. :P