ESL Life Abroad - Sun Hui
Sun Hui is from Henan, China and graduated from Zhengzhou Tourism College with a Bachelor of English. She has lived in the United States and is currently living in Canada.
My name is Sun Hui. Right now I am in Toronto, Canada, working as an au pair. Also I lived in Boston the whole year of 2009 as an au pair, too. It is an exciting job for young people age 18 to 26 years old.
Differences between China and Canada
There are a lot of differences between different countries. The same goes for China and Canada. Let me list some differences between the two countries below:
First of all, I think the environmental difference gives me the deepest impression. As you know, China is a developing country. Pollution is a very serious problem now. In the city where I came from, people can seldom see the sun and clouds. It seems gloomy every day. But when I landed here, I could enjoy the sun, the blue sky, the beautiful clouds and even the bright moon and stars at night.
Secondly, I think it is the education. The education system is different. In China, students work very hard from 7:20 am to 5-6 pm. They even should study on Saturday in school. And summer or winter holiday is not an exception. Students get so tired with their studies. They are always asked to memorize a lot of things, but seldom have the opportunity to improve their creative abilities. On the contrary, the Canadian education system allows students to learn through discovery. It seems more relaxed. Students have the right to choose the courses which they are interested in. And they get much encouragement from their teachers, and are not criticized the whole day. So children become more open and more confident.
The third point of difference I think is the lifestyle. In China, it seems that everyone is in a hurry to do things, especially to earn more money to support their lives. They face the pressures of life. A lot of people work on Saturday and Sunday. Life is a burden. But in Canada, I feel that life is more relaxed.
Actually, there are many more differences between China and Canada. It's difficult for me to write all of them down. But no matter how many differences there are between the two countries, I love both of them. I love China because I was born there. She is my motherland. I love Canada, not only because it starts with the letter "C", but also because I'll live here for the rest of my life. It's my second motherland.
Becoming an Au Pair in a Foreign Country
Becoming an au pair in a foreign country is becoming all the rage. It is most popular in European countries such as Germany and France, but is getting more popular in the United States and Canada. There are many positives about becoming an au pair such as free travel, new language skills and a great reference!
I don’t know how much you know about exchange students, but an au pair is more or less like an exchange student. The difference is you take care of the host family’s kids 8-9 hours a day and attend classes twice a week. Also you get paid $200 US dollars per week -- it is not really called a salary or wage, because there is no need to pay taxes, so we call this "pocket money." Oh, the host family also gives you room and food for free so you can use the pocket money to take yourself on a two-week vacation.
Here are my steps to becoming an au pair:
1. Make up a resume: a list of work experience, and make sure you include children. If you haven't done a little bit of babysitting, then get that done first.
2. (Optional) Write an autobiographical essay, and make sure you stick to the truth, nothing but the truth. If you killed a man, you killed a man. We all make mistakes and learn from that.
3. Make a photo website and upload lots of pictures of yourself, showing your character, friends and family. This will let the family know where they stand on your hobbies, how well you look after yourself and other details. No one wants a slob looking after their children.
5. Start applying for families that you really take an interest in. Read what they have to say, send them an email with your resume, personal essay and links to your pictures! If you have a blog (that isn't immature and rude) then let them in on it! They can see who you really are!
9. Talk on the phone first. Ask to speak to the wife, and maybe even the children!
10. After finding your perfect match, book an airplane ticket that is suitable for both families.
11. Pack your things and head off on your new journey!
That is it for today. If you have any questions, you can Skype me at sunhui676 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
首先，我认为环境的不同给我印象最深。正如你所知道的， 中国是一个发展中国家。现在污染是一个很严重的问题。在我家乡的城市，人们很少能见到太阳和云朵。每天都看起来灰沉沉的。但是，当我来到这里， 我可以享受阳光，蓝天，美丽的云彩，甚至在夜晚还能看到明亮的月亮和璀璨的星星。