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Hello everyone! My name is Oksana, and I am here to tell you my Germany story. I am from Estonia, and I am 25. I studied and worked in England for almost seven years and then one day when I became bored from work and depressed from constant rain, I decided to move to Germany. So I’ve swapped my cozy office chair for three kids who I au-paired for for half a year. I like travelling, cooking, jogging, meeting new people, and discovering new opportunities. This is Oksana’s second post on the YG blog. You can read the first here and the second here.
In August 2012 my little sister got married. It was a small family event, and I flew back to Estonia for four days to be there. Coincidentally my mum’s friend, who has been living in Germany for about 15 years, was visiting with one of her kids. I knew she had an au-pair before, but now her kids were older and went to school and I doubted that she needed help with them anymore. Also taking into account that we’ve been friends for years, I wasn’t feeling confident about asking for a job.
The weather wasn’t great, and we spent a lot of time indoors playing twister, lotto, and sipping “Hugo”. My mum’s friend’s daughter was seven, and clearly she was bored spending so much time with adults with no one to play with. I could speak some German and decided to play dolls with her. She seemed happy that someone was paying attention to her. I was probably saying everything absolutely wrong, constantly making mistakes and pronouncing words incorrectly, but we had a lot of fun. It was like being a kid again. I didn’t have to care about anything and could just be myself. It’s amazing what an impact on your life kids have.
It was the day after my sister’s wedding when we were sitting on a couch talking and Natalie asked about my plans for the future. By then I was certain no matter what that I want to move to Germany, so I told her. Her husband is a doctor and she is a housewife, thus said she didn’t have a clue about any jobs in her town, but she’d promised to speak to her man.
I was mature enough–I understand that there are no miracles and you can’t listen to everything people say. I find it better if I think this way so that if something falls through I won’t get disappointed, and if something does happen, I’ll be over the moon. To my surprise an hour before my flight back to rainy Manchester, I got a phone call from my mum saying that her friend had spoken to her hubby and they had agreed they need an au-pair. Needless to say I was thrilled. One of my biggest dreams was coming true, and it felt right.
Happy and excited I got back to the UK. All we needed to do was to arrange a date for me coming to Germany, and it happened to be 20th of September, 2012. The hardest thing was saying good byes to all of my colleagues and friends. I had a life there and had a lot to live behind. At some point it did feel I was making a mistake, but I was certain this was a great opportunity towards my big future, and if I wouldn’t have used that chance I couldn’t possibly have another one.
Really, I was gambling living my fiancee, fabulous job, loyal friends, and seven years of my life behind. But despite all the risks, I did make that step and have come to Germany to be an au- pair to three lovely kids.
Would you like to find out more about becoming an au pair in Germany? Check out these YG articles for more information and first-hand accounts:
Check back at the YG blog for the rest of Oksana’s story in the following weeks.