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My name is Merissa, I am Irish, 21 years old and I have just recently graduated with an honours degree in Psychology and Sociology. I am adventurous and love to travel and really enjoy working with children. I would be grateful of an opportunity to work as an au pair. I have two younger sisters, one older sister and one older brother, so I am used to a busy household. I play basketball with my local team and also enjoy art and music.
I am a highly motivated and enthusiastic person and have a strong work ethic. I have worked in several positions before and work colleagues would describe me as reliable and dedicated with a desire to succeed. I have previous experience working with children. I did my university work placement with a company near Barcelona called Grupos Organizados. I was placed for six months for which I taught English to Spanish school children. I collected the kids in the mornings and took a group of 10-12 (ranging from 6-18 years old) for an interactive English lesson. The lessons were usually held outdoors (weather permitting) and involved several games and activities to encourage their use of English in a fun environment. I also supervised adventure activities such as kayaking, archery, orienteering and zipwire, explaining each activity using accessible English and encouraging each child’s participation.
I am a native English speaker and I speak basic Spanish. I would love the chance to live with my host family and would be keen to improve my Spanish where possible. I am open to new things and would love to learn more about the Spanish lifestyle and culture. I am very relaxed and easy-going and adapt well to new environments. I am quite easy to please and would love the chance to get to know your family!
My mom frequently fosters children on a temporary basis and when I am home I help out where possible. I am confident in my childcare abilities, from changing the nappy of a newborn, to helping with a school child's homework.