My name is Saberah Sayeed, but I prefer if you call me Sabby or Berah! I'm 21 years old (I will be 22 on the 4th of June). It was always a great dream of mine to live and work in a foreign country, learning different cultures, meeting new people and such. I have dedicated so far 7 months of my free time volunteering at day cares to fulfill my desire to become an Au Pair in the USA because I think it's a beautiful and diverse country.
In the beginning, I started looking after my nephew, Ziyad (now it's usually after school) when he was born on September 14 of 2009. I always helped with changing his diaper, making his bottle, feeding him and also putting him to bed until as a 4th Grade 10 year old, I still see to him including his sister, Tasmira (been looking after her since August 30 of 2017), she's 2 years old now. That's when I found my love for kids, looking after them made me quite experience to share sometime with them. I have learnt to be more patient now than ever, I've gained skills during my time at the day care. I try to be as polite , creative and humorous with them. It is one of my dreams to come to America and I can combine it with a wonderful and interesting job: taking care of your children.
I began volunteering at a day care as a part-time teacher's assistant at Bev's Day Care and Pre-school, catering for children aged 2 to 6 years of age. I would help around with the kids cakss work, help them to go to the toilet, help during their lunchtime and putting them to nap. The day care consisted of 38 children at that time but I tended to each one at a time because children demand attention at times. The hours I have obtained at the day care is 990 hours. I have volunteered at a nursery as a part-time nursery assistant at Bright Sparks Educare, catering for children from 10 months to 3 years of age. From 10 months to 1 years, I assisted at times with feeding them food or their bottle, making them sleep, changing their nappy or clothes and playing with them as for the kids from 2 to 3 years I assisted with feeding the food, playing with them or giving them a kids activity to do and making them nap.
My family is mixed with both Muslim and Christian members. My father's family all are Muslims whereas my mother's family are part Muslim and part Christian's. I was raised following the Muslim teachings, however my preference is to be placed in a non-muslim family so that I can truly experience that cultural exchange! My dietary requirements are that I eat halaal meat, otherwise I favour vegetarian food. I have no problem with cooking non-halaal food for the children in my care.
In my family it consists of: My parents, Hamid Sayeed (who's 79 years) and Sakina Sayeed (who's 56 years); my two elder sisters, Zaheeda Sayeed (who's 32 years) and Shaakirah Sayeed (who's 24 years) and my elder brother, Jamal Sayeed (who's 28 years), and lastly I am the last born. I have a great relationship with both my parents and siblings.
I grew up in a small town called Umzinto, it is South of KwaZulu-Natal the province/state I live in. I went to an Islamic school, which was from kindergarten to Grade 12, in Umzinto called Umzinto Islamic School; I successfully completed my studies in 2015. The following year, I moved to Durban to pursue my studies in Journalism at a college called ICESA, though unsuccessfully I never completed my studies there, the following year in 2017 I transferred to another college called Damelin and have been there since, this is my final year.
Durban is known as the “sunshine city” because it’s usually always sunny and hot. There’s so much to do in Durban and you can never get lost or be short with a transport, public transport is everywhere in Durban. What I personally like about Durban is the atmosphere, the food and friendly people you find around, and most definitely the beach.
MORE ABOUT ME:
I am quite creative and not in a sense of drawing professionally and I am also ambitious as a young adult, I would like to write kids’ books or open up my own bakery, that’s just two of my goals. I’m also sporty but I enjoy playing baseball (or Rounder’s’, as we call it) more. I just recently began riding a bike to keep up on my active life, though sadly I don’t know how to swim. I am quite confident with the activities I have mentioned above. I don’t have any problem with helping with light household chores, I am a clean freak. I like cooking but enjoy baking more, and I would love to taste other foods, which we don’t have in South Africa.
Hospitality is what I wanted to study but I did not know if the colleges that have hospitality actually have a separate baking course. Another hobby of mine is reading, I read all kinds and sorts of books. I am really interested in adventure and historical romance books. In school my favourite subject was (and still is) English, I enjoyed listening to poems and reading Othello and Julius Caesar. One of my best characteristics is my tolerance. Nowadays it’s very important to be tolerant because there are so many different things happening around in the world today. I hope that I am the right person to take care of your children and I look forward to hearing from you soon. I am available for any questions that you may have for me to answer.
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