Swedish au pair Frida has had the most incredible two years in the USA. Her amazing host family have had a big part to play in making her experience so memorable, by helping her achieve one of her biggest passions… learning to fly!
September 9th 2015 was a day with a lot of tears but at the same time extreme excitement. I was sitting at Arlanda international airport, Sweden waiting for a big airbus to take me over the sea and to the famous New York City. I was leaving my comfort zone, friends and family to go and explore something totally unknown. First of all, I was about to spend almost 9 hours on this amazing big airplane with all these mixed feelings that I had but I didn’t mind, as I just love being in the air! I’ll never forget the feeling I had when this big airplane was descending through the clouds and there it was, NYC. When the Orientation had finished, my journey continued but this time I was heading for Dulles International Airport (Close to Washington DC) where my host family was waiting for me. I knew from the beginning that this is the right family for me!
For two years now, I’ve lived with this family and believe me when I say that they have become my own family. The two beautiful girls who I have taken care of, now feel like my own little sisters and my host parents who have literally taken me under their wings. Both my host parents are professional pilots and they spend their time flying all over the world. I love to fly as well and I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to end up in an aviation family and little did I know that they would be the ones that would make my big dream come true. Believe it or not but this family helped me to become a pilot as well and now, two years later I am standing here just a few flight hours away from becoming a commercial licensed pilot and I have experienced the most amazing things!
I flew over to St.Louis, I flew down the Hudson River in NYC, over the Blue Ridge Mountains, to the beach in North Carolina and so on. It is an incredible story I know, I still cannot quite believe it myself! They took me under their wings and helped me to do what I love, Fly! Here I am now, sitting here on September 1st 2017, two wonderful years later and realizing how blessed I am! I want to thank Au Pair in America for this incredible opportunity that not only have I been lucky enough to experience but that you are giving to all the people out there and for your professional and wonderful Au Pair program. I am so grateful I applied and you guys have been wonderful and have made the process so easy.
I also want to thank my wonderful counselor Jennifer Minniti, you are amazing! You are just always happy, energetic and want all your au pair’s to have the best possible experience. Jennifer has been so helpful and professional and I always enjoyed going to her cluster meetings as well, thank you Jen I will miss you! My dear host family, how am I ever going to thank you enough. I am so grateful to be a part of your life and for everything you have done for me. I will forever walk this earth with my eyes towards the sky and think of you and all you have done for me. At night I will see all the beautiful stars which represents each one of you!
Forever in my heart, I love you!