by Au Pair in America au-pair

You can study pretty much anything you want to complete the education requirements of the Au Pair Program. South African au pair Kat tells us which courses she chose to study!

I’ve now been in the USA for 5 months already! I honestly cannot believe how fast the time has gone, it’s scary! I’ve also just completed my first quarter of college courses (part of the program requirement is that we do between 72 and 80 hours / 6 credits worth of courses at an American college!) I chose to do a Beginner’s Guitar course and a Strength and Conditioning class, both of which were so much fun!

Attending college here is such a great way to meet new people, including other au pairs, whether in the same agency or another. I have made so many friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the classes, but by far my favorite was my Strength and Conditioning class – I loved it so much I signed up to do it again for the Spring quarter! The class instructor is simply amazing – her workout sets are always well thought out and her sense of humor usually has us in stitches! Another great thing about the instructor is that she holds another class, Zumba Toning, on Mondays and Wednesdays and is more than willing to let any au pair join the other class should they need to miss the class they had signed up for, making it easier for us to make up our hours! If any of you girls find a host family in Seattle, I would recommend Michelle Ihlan’s classes at North Seattle College!

In other news, next month I will be celebrating my birthday, I will be moving to another area within Seattle with my host family, and my best friend, the first friend I made in Seattle, will be going back home as her time in America comes to an end.

As I’ve said before, living abroad will always have good times and not so good times and it’s never easy to say goodbye to a good friend, especially when their home is far away from yours. It’s all about making the most out of your time here with the people who become like your sisters. ❤️

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