Maria Gimenez Hernandez

Home Country: Spain
Age: 27
Qualified to Care For: Children Ages 2 and Older
Available: 9/28/21

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Letter To My Future Host Family

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Hello to my future host family,

My name is Maria Carmen Giménez Hernández but my family and friends call me Kuki. I'm 27 years old from Barcelona, Spain. I am caring, empathetic, mature, responsible with a sense of humor. I speak Spanish, Catalan and intermediate English. I am a college graduate with an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy and a Master’s degree in Teaching. I'm the second oldest of four children. I grew up with my mom, Carmen and three sisters, Samantha (or Samy) who is 32 years old, Anaïs 25 years old and Chloe 8 years old. Some extra information to know about me is that I have a driver’s license from Spain and Colorado state. I am a non-smoker. I love all animals. I abstain from drugs and don’t drink often.

I lived with my mom and my sisters until I was 18 years old. Shortly after I started studying at the University of Barcelona and moved in with my grandmother, aunt and two cousins. After graduating from the University I lived independently in my own apartment for a year and a half. During COVID I was working long hours as a pharmacist providing health advice and pharmaceutical care to patients and the community.  At this time I was navigating through my young adult life unsure of what I would do in the future. It was during this time I came to the realization that I wanted to improve my English and broaden my horizons. The reason I wanted to improve my English was because I knew that it would help me in my career by increasing the opportunities I would have to work.

In my spare time I love to bake and decorate cakes, practice aerial gymnastics, dance, ride bikes and hangout with my friends and family. My friends and I love to travel and go on adventures like: going to the beach, the mountains, or even just relaxing at home, a bar or a nice restaurant with good food and conversations. Even when I am not with my friends I still like to take advantage of my time off. For me it is really important not to waste the time I have to myself.

I love spending time with my family, especially with my younger sister and cousins. I find that children at this age are very spontaneous, sweet and curious. I think that you can teach them while also learning a lot from them at the same time. They truly enjoy everything they do and have a lot of energy and I really admire this. When I am with my sister and cousins we like to do activities outdoors such as: going to the park, movie theaters, museums and trampoline parks. When we aren’t doing activities outdoors we do things like cooking, reading books, watching movies, organizing playdates with fun activities, drawing and building forts using pillows and blankets. I am always trying to find new, creative activities to do with my younger family members. We have a lot of fun!

I also have experience spending time with teenagers. As I stated before, my Master’s degree was in teaching. I have spent time teaching as a substitute at a local High School. I really like to work with teenagers because it is rewarding watching them discover the adult world. They also often provide an alternative perspective of life. They are very creative and vital!

Before I came to the United States I was so excited about embarking on this Au Pair Program. I knew it would be an excellent opportunity to challenge myself, travel, explore a new culture while also achieving my goal of improving my english. The Au Pair program also gives me the benefit of getting to do something I love and am good at, which is taking care of children. I am currently in re-match because I want to continue this journey.

I am very thankful for the time that I spent with the family I started with in Colorado. I really love the kids, they are truly amazing and I will miss them. I met a lot of really great people in my time here. I cultivated a great group of friends around the area and had a lot of great experiences. I also met my boyfriend, Ian who I have been with for 6 months. We have a serious, mature relationship and plan on staying together long distance after I leave Colorado.

I decided to do this program for the experience. My motivation does not come from money but rather the chance to get to know a family and become an extended part of the family. The component of exchanging culture is extremely important to me. I believe an AuPair is similar to a big sister for the children. I can teach them so much about my culture (Spanish and Catalan) and what I have learned from growing up in another country. I can teach them about my language, culture, acceptance and diversity.

I am really looking forward to what my future holds for me in this program and this journey. I will treat the kids of my future family as if they are my family. I hope to spend time together having long deep discussions about life, experiences and growing close with one another. To any family reading I hope to have the opportunity to get to know you and for us both create fond memories from this experience.

Love,

Carmen
OLD LETTER:
Hello to my future host family,   My name is Maria Carmen Giménez Hernández but my family and friends call me Kuki and I'm from Barcelona, Spain.   I'm the second oldest of four children. I have three sisters, their names are Samantha or Samy who is 32 years old, Anaïs who is 25 years old and Chlóe who is 8 years old.   I lived with my mum until I was 18 years old. Then, I started studying at the university and moved in with my grandmother, my aunt and two cousins. Last year I moved in with my boyfriend to an apartment with our two cats. We’ve been together for 7 years.   I’m a graduated Pharmacist by the University of Barcelona and I decided to study a Master’s Degree in Teaching because I would love to become a teacher. In the future I would also like to prepare for Hospital Pharmacy oppositions. I’m currently working as a Pharmacist in a Community Pharmacy, where I provide health advise and pharmaceutical care to patients and the community.   In my spare time I love to bake, practice aerial gymnastics, dance, ride bike, spend time with my family and meet with my friends. We like to travel, go on excursions, go to the beach, go to the mountain, go to drink a coke in a Bar, or just relax at home with good food and good conversations.   I love spending time, especially, with my younger sister and cousins. Children at this age are very spontaneous, sweet and curios, and you can teach them and learn from them at the same time. They enjoy everything they do and have a lot of energy. The activities I like to do with my sister and cousins outdoors are going to the park, to the cinema, to jump at the jumping park or at some museums. But sometimes we do activities indoors like cooking, to read books, to watch a movies, to draw and to play house by building it with blanket. We have fun!   Sometimes, I teach teenagers in high school. I also like to work with teenagers because they are just discovering the adult world and often have an alternative perspective of life. They are very creative and vital!   I’m very excited for the AuPair Program. I think that it is an incredible opportunity for learning and improving my English skills, learn more about American culture, discover new ways of life, different places and make friends. I love kids and spend time with them. I have fun with children and I love how honest they are and I learn so much with them.   I believe an AuPair is like a big sister for the children and she can teach them so much about her culture. For example: her own culture, about diversity, acceptance, a new language, new dishes and so many other things.   Some activities that I would do with kids are:   -        Indoor activities: teach them some recipes, crafts, read, do special things on special days in the week, homework and teach my language, play with there toys.   -        Outdoor activities: I would like to do sports that the kids like, go to the beach, go to different parks around the neighborhood, go to the museums, cinema or library, and do other activities that the city offers.   I look forward to meeting my future host family. Regards, Carmen.

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