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Trip Start Jan 01, 2014
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I have been traveling abroad almost every other year since I was 14 years old, so it's due time that I get out there again! My last adventure took me to Lebanon where I interned for American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) for 3 months. It was through that job that I discovered my passion for working with refugee populations. I have since worked for a resettlement agency in Austin, Texas where I continued to unearth my love for the job. In August, I graduated from the University of Texas and decided that I wanted to search for jobs mostly outside of Texas. Turns out, it's really hard to get a job...even if you're completely qualified!
The realization that I may have to start out as an intern and work my way up set in after a few months of fruitless labor, applying to every position at home and abroad that I was remotely interested in and met the majority of the qualifications. I knew that I needed to broaden my network and increase my skill set, so I started emailing people I already knew working in the sector and bought the Rosetta Stone for French.
My morale was beginning to turn around as the scheme started brewing in my mind, and I hoped that I would be able to secure a real position by mid-spring. But event the best laid plans can be altered by a simple change in the winds. My east wind (Mary Poppins reference- I encourage all of you to see Saving Mr. Banks) was my friend Gabby who posted on Facebook that she met a woman in need of an au pair in Rome.
"Three months in Rome?" I thought to myself. "I could do that!" But as I read the rules and stipulations about being an au pair, I realized that being one in Italy just didn't make sense. You are required to take a course in the language of the country, and Italian- while beautiful -is of no use to me. I did, however, need to learn French. I had already bought the Rosetta Stone after all, and what better way to learn a language than full immersion for a few months?
Within one fall afternoon, I had decided to be an au pair in France and had already applied to about 20 different families.
My adventure aptly begins on New Year's Day. A new year, a new start. I am very excited to begin this new leg of my life's journey and hope that you will all join alongside me! When I lived in Beirut, I tried to write weekly entries. Hopefully with better internet access and a bit more free time than I had there, I will be able to update you all more frequently from France.
Love you all and thanks for each playing a role in my life! Enjoy!!