Greetings, commies! Meet Fancy, a beautiful, energetic and generous young woman from Cuzco, Peru. She currently lives as an au pair in Colorado with a host family. Thank you, Fancy, for taking the time to talk about your experience in the USA and your aspirations for the future.
MJN: When did the idea of becoming an au pair occur to you? Did you have any friends or family members who went through a similar experience?
FCZ: A long time ago I had planned to travel abroad, but the idea of traveling as an au pair emerged a year ago a friend who lives in Maryland. She told me about her experience and I became captivated by the opportunities of the program.
MJN: In Peru you have all four seasons. I imagine, the winters do not get as cold as in Colorado. Coming from a warm country, how are you adjusting to the cold weather in Colorado?
FCZ: Although my country is not as cold as here, I did not have any problems in the process of adaptation. I consider myself a flexible person. Also see snow every day is awesome, something I did not experienced before.
MJN: Your host family lives in a rural setting. Do you enjoy the outdoors and the open space, or do you sometimes want to be in a big city with clubs, theaters and museums?
FCZ: When I look around, I keep thinking that this place is perfect for me. I enjoy every day of the snow, the cold, the sun, the very friendly people, beautiful streets. Frisco has everything to make me feel comfortable and happy.
MJN: In your letter to your host family you mention that you like riding bikes and motorcycles. What are the safety precautions in Peru for riding a motorcycle? Do you need a driver's license? Is it mandatory to wear a helmet?
FCZ: In Peru to operate a motorcycle is necessary to have a helmet, a driver's license, ownership card, SOAT (mandatory traffic accident insurance).
MJN: Your dream is to pursue a career in hotel management or tourism. What are some of the popular tourist spots in Peru? Do you want to spend the rest of your life in Peru or get a job in another country?
FCZ: My first objective is to finish my college degree and then develop tourism in areas not promoted in my country. As a point of reference, some of the popular tourist destinations are: Cusco, Lima, Arequipa, Puno, Trujilo.
I'm not sure if I will spend my life in my country. I have plans to travel to other countries to learn, innovate and create future projects for the benefit of my country.