Member ID 1481275

Assist and support elderly in Companionship and conversation, Walks and outings, Mobility support, Light domestic work, Cooking meals

Nationality Portuguese | More ⇩

Full name Joana

City/State Edinburgh/ Midlothian

Country United Kingdom

Start Jan 2020 - Mar 2020

Duration of stay 10-12 months

Good knowledge of English (C2), French (C2), Spanish (C1), Japanese (B2), Portuguese (Native)

Last action 19 Hours Ago

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My name is Joana and I’m a writer currently working on a fantasy book series and animated film script about climate change for children. I am taking a Masters by Research starting in September in Health, Humanities and Arts at the University of Edinburgh to study how mainstream entertainment for children is delivering the message of climate change and how that impacts the awareness and mental health of the young audience. Even though I have never officially worked as an Au Pair for children before I am very experienced taking care of and spending time with children from all ages. The fact that I am writing for them and studying their young minds plays an important role on how important it is for me to be around children and spend quality time with them either as a carer or just a friend.
I developed two projects that reflect this interest and allowed me to gather some knowledge about child psychology. The first one was the final project I developed in my last year of Secondary Education (12th year). The General Programme I attended for my Secondary Education in Portugal was Sciences and Technologies and the Optional subject I chose was Psychology, where I found great interest in Cognitive Development. For the General Formation subject called Project Area I chose to write and produce a short documentary film that I named ‘A Year with Autism’. For the production of this documentary I spent the year visiting autistic children living in and being educated at a catholic private institution for social solidarity. I interviewed the carers, the families and therapists from APPDA (the Portuguese Association for Developmental Disorders and Autism) to present a true narrative of the day-to-day lives of the children and the challenges and impact the disorder had upon the lives of those around them.
Four years later the topic of choice of my Masters Dissertation was the Psychology of Space where I investigated the relationship of Cognitive Development in Middle graders (7-12) and the design of spaces in their schools, conducting interviews with children from several public and private schools around Portugal and selecting case studies of traditional and contemporary schools.
I volunteered at UK Manchester reading for the elderly who lived at Holmfield Residential Care Home for four months and I also worked as a part-time an Au Pair for my good friend Ann Guedes in Lisbon for a year (86 years old), taking her to doctors appointments and helping her organizing legal documents and meeting with lawyers to apply for dual citizenship.
I am a naturally caring person, it’s a genuine pleasure to me and not just a job to care and spend time both with children and elderly, they always teach me so much, and it would make me very happy to take care of your children or yourself/your mother/father if you see me fit and would like to know me better.
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Personal information

Non-SmokerHas attended a first-aid training - Yes
Can swim well - Yes

Can swim well

Can ride a bike

Has a driver's license

Has siblings

Has a valid passport

Non-Smoker

Has attended a first-aid training

Current occupation Writer

Education University

Basic knowledge of -

Sports  Soccer, horseback riding, tennis, swimming, hiking

Religion Christian

For the Au Pair religion is Not important

Special diet considerations Vegetarian

Has health problems No

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Job information

Can work more for extra money - Yes
Can care for special needs children - Yes
Does accept family with pets - Yes
Can take care of pets - Yes

Preferred area Big City

Duration of stay 10-12 months

Earliest starting date Jan 2020

Latest starting date Mar 2020

Does accept family with pets

Can work more for extra money

Can take care of pets

Age group 0 - 1 year old, 1 - 5 years old, 6 - 10 years old, 11 - 14 years old, 15+ years old

Hours of child care experience in the past 24 months 10 - 50

Would like to take care of this number of children/people 3

Would work for a single parent? Yes, with any of them

Can care for special needs children

Can assist and support elderly in Companionship and conversation, Walks and outings, Mobility support, Light domestic work, Cooking meals

Can care for special needs people

Can teach subjects

To students of age group

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