Because one of my biggest dream always have been to travel, see new places, cultures and meet new people I started looking around for alternatives that would allow me to do those things.
Growing up I heard a lot of stories from when my mom was younger and traveled around, at one point she was working as a au pair in the states and I always thought that sounded like fun so I started looking into that possibility.
I found a company, Cultural Care Au Pair that offer people in the ages 18-26 the possibility to go away for a year or two to do that. I took a chance and signed up for more information and a couple of weeks later I went to one of their meetings in town and I decided that I gonna do this.
I wanted to be finished with the application until my high school graduation so the upcoming 6 months I worked harder than ever to get all the child care experience I needed by helping out at a kindergarten, getting my driver license, fixing with papers and in the same time working part time at a grocery store and keeping up in school.
But I made it and in June I had graduated school, finished my application and started matching with families.
Can´t remember many times I have been so nervous as before my first Skype interview with one of the families but it worked out fine even though they decided for another girl. After that I talked with some more families and in the end there was one that wanted me to come. First I was super happy about it, but after I had settled down a bit I started to think about it some more and ended up saying no to that family because it some how did´t feel right with them.
I decided that I wanted it to feel right if I was about to do this so I waited and focused at working to save up some money.
In November I found a family that I liked and in February I had quit my work, said goodbye to all of my friends and family at home and sat on plane to New York.