Miku Fukushima

Home Country: Japan
Age: 22
Qualified to Care For: Children of All Ages
Available: 5/17/22

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Letter To My Future Host Family

Dear my host family

Hello, my name is Miku Fukushima. I'm 21 years old and my birthday is December 1st, 1999. I live in Ibaraki prefecture which takes one hour by train from Tokyo. My home is surrounded by rice field. I spent 16 years in such countryside. My family is mother, father, a young sister, and a dog called Mickey. Now, I study drama at university, and especially I major in stage acoustics, stage management, and drama education. I'll graduate from university at the end of March 2022. My hobbies are watching musicals, running, taking pictures, cooking, sewing, swimming, and riding on horseback. One of my strengths is that I’m curious about everything, so I’ve had a lot of experiences. And I hate to lose. I hate to lose myself. So I’ve tried various things. After entering the university, I have had many types of part-time jobs, joined the volunteer work, and worked as an amateur stage sound technician. At each place, I met a lot of people and had a lot of experience. I think that is one of my greatest strengths. But I think I'm clumsy. I'm a slow leaner, so it takes long time to understand my tasks. I think that is one of my disadvantages. I will overcome my disadvantages with my strength.

The reason I want to be an au pair is I'd like to start something new. Since last year, covid-19 attacked us and the performing arts that I major in at university had been badly damaged. We must change and deal with covid-19, but I couldn't get used to it. I like performing arts, but honestly, I like it before corona pandemic. Several years ago, I thought I wanted to get a job at a musical theatre after I graduate from university, but my plan has changed. I like children and I'd like to improve my English skills. So, I'd like to be an au pair, I'd like to live in America and experience a lot of things that I can't experience in Japan. I started my current part time jobs at nursery schools from last year. The first nursery school I worked had 99 children and I helped with 2-3 year-old children class. Sometimes I joined other age group classes. The second nursery school I work was smaller. There were 12 children, and they were 0~2 years old. In addition, I taught swimming for children every Sunday and I did volunteer work at a non-profit organization called "The young Americans". They did music outreach programs for Japanese children, and I assisted the program. I had many opportunities to spend time with children.

I want to be an au pair who can think from children's point of view, and I want to be a good example for children. Children have special perspective that adults have lost. It's so charming and precious but gradually lost. I want to cherish them. It is difficult to communicate with children because they have different opinions from adults. Sometimes adults and children clash with each other from misunderstanding. For example, adults highly value a $100 bill, but children may value small roadside stones than a $100 bill. I'd like to respect children's opinion too, so I want to be considerate of children’s feelings. I think an au pair is one of the few adults that children will have contact with, so I should be a good person. Rather than teaching the rules to children, I'd like to show myself keeping the rules. I wish I could be an au pair who children want to be a person like. I like both outdoor activities and indoor activities. I learned gymnastics and swimming when I was in elementary school. Then when I was in the secondary school, I joined volleyball team at school. After entering university, I began to run, ride on horseback, and dance. Since I was a kid, I have liked making something. For example, painting, sewing, taking pictures, cooling, and so on. I am learning about performing arts at university, and I took drama education class, so I'd like to do some drama recreation with children. Using that experience, I'd like to do many things suit for children's age and personality.

Look forward to meeting you.

Sincerely yours,
Miku Fukushima

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