My Journey as a Nanny.
Hello, my name is Eunice, 27 years old, Kenyan migrant currently working as a nanny in the middle east, Qatar to be precise. I wouldn't say that I am an Au Pair because I know an Au Pair rather has certain privileges that cannot be met while working in any of the gulf countries.
I have been working with children for about five years now. It all started when I finished my high school diploma, I would baby sit for the neighbors for a little sum of money and luckily enough, I got a chance to work for a Jordanian family of four in Jordan for two years. The family was respectful and I loved taking care of the two little kids, now 9 (boy) and 6 (girl) years old.
The experience wasn't so bad but then again, the working hours for a nanny in the Middle East are not less than 16 hours every single day and if you are lucky you get an off day which is usually on a Friday, I wasn't lucky enough to have that privilege in Jordan. I spent most of my time indoors, but I still found joy,happiness,and satisfaction of being together with the two adorable children. Time flew away very fast and I was back in my country Kenya after my two years contract was over.
A year later, I got in touch with an American family of five living in Qatar, that is where I am currently on a years contract that is due in April next year. I take care of all the household chores and take care of the kids too, a 6 year old boy, 19 months boy and a 6 months old boy. This little one was born when I was here and I have had the joy of seeing him grow to be the young smiley boy he is right now.The same thing applies in terms of working hours but here, I get to relax on a Friday which is my day off. I have recently enrolled in a cabin crew course 4 hours every Friday. It has always been my dream to work in an Airline industry since I love travelling and meeting new people. In as much as kids being quite a handful, they are still a blessing. My journey as a nanny/babysitter/housemaid has taught me a lot in relation to humanity, society, cultural background, and lots of other things.
I salute all the Au pairs/nannies/babysitters/caregivers for their utmost commitment in being the best they can be in serving others in the most humane way as possible.
Happy holidays, let's keep the christmas spirit alive.
Eunice, Doha Qatar.