I have been working as a live out au pair for the last 5 months, looking after wonderful twin girls. I admit at first we struggled to understand each other; their previous au pair before me was from the USA so they had to get used to my British accent, and I to their Porteño, but now I couldn’t be happier! Whenever I walk through the door I’m greeted by shouts of “Can we play Harry Potter?”, they are possibly Argentina’s biggest HP fans. Luckily, it’s passion I share with them, so we fill hours with magical adventures. I’ve found it’s great to slip in some language building activities too, under the guise of a magical challenge, or a lesson in Hogwarts.
The family as a whole is so welcoming, inviting me for meals and taking me along on days out. Not only does it mean a lot to me when I’m so far away from my own family, but it also means I’ve seen and experienced so much more of the city. It’s been an amazing learning experience for both them and me. The twins are always teaching me new words in Spanish and sharing with me the things they like best about being a kid in Argentina, and for my part, I’m just so proud hearing the kids become more and more fluent in English!