Example of "Dear Family" Letter.
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My name is Naida. I am a 22 year-old (female) Tanzanian student. Although I currently live in Dar es Salaam, where I am one month short of completing my undergraduate studies in education and psychology at the University of Dar es Salaam, I actually come from Moshi. Compared to Dar es Salaam, (which is Tanzania's largest city), Moshi is a small town (approximately 145,000 inhabitants), and is situated on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro.
I come from a family of 6: My parents, Fasaha and Busara, are self employed and run a small tourist lodge in Moshi. I have 2 sisters and one brother. My eldest sister Nuru, is 24 years old and is a secondary school teacher in Arusha. My youngest brother and sister Haki and Hafsa, (who are fraternal twins) are 7 years old, and are in their second year of primary school in Moshi.
In about a year or two I plan to pursue a masters degree, but I am yet to make up my mind concerning my future area of specialization. So, at the moment, I would like to take some time out of academics to have a different life experience, and to have time to calmly reflect on my future academic/professional orientation. To this end, I think spending a year abroad would be particularly interesting.
My first language is, of course, Kiswahili, and I am also fluent in English. I started learning English in primary school, and it was also the language of instruction in the secondary school I attended. I have in addition been taking courses taught in English at university.
I speak an intermediate level of French. I begun learning it in high school and have been taking French language classes at my university for the last four years. All in all, I have learnt French for 8 years.
I am nevertheless aware that learning a language within a classroom context is by itself, incomplete. So, in order to really be at ease in French, I feel that a cultural immersion would do me a lot of good. Through my language teachers, (most of whom are French) I have learnt a lot about France, the French and life in France. Hence my desire to have first hand experience of French life. I am particularly interested in experiencing family life in France, since it offers a cultural context that is undoubtedly different from mine. For this reason, I would very much like to find a nice family to live with and work for in France.
When it comes to child care experience, I have looked after children in both formal and informal contexts. Last year, as part of my university studies in child psychology, I spent a six month internship period working in a children's home in Arusha. Among others, I provided after-school tuition to children aged between 5 to 10 years. I also organized for them and took part in recreational indoor and outdoor activities: we sang, danced, played games, role played, drew, painted, and narrated stories. We also visited the public library, the local animal park, went out on picnics and a camping trip.
I have helped my parents look after my brother and sister since birth. Although my looking after them is now restricted to my university vacations, as a teenager, I was nevertheless much more involved in caring for them on a daily basis. In addition, my two younger siblings, also spend a lot of time playing with our neighbour's two children Kibibi and Jozi ( aged 6 and 8 years), so from time to time I find myself in their ever animated company. I can comfortably say that I sincerely enjoy spending time with children.
When it comes to leisure, I take pleasure in the simple things in life. I enjoy being outdoors, being with my friends, going for walks, visiting places I have not been to, and reading a good book. I also enjoy painting and on dull or rainy days, I often propose drawing and painting activities to my brother and sister and our neighbour's children whenever they come for company. Did I already mention that I love to read and write? At my university, I write a monthly article, for the students' magazine. I also serve as an editorial committee member for the magazine.
As far as preferences are concerned, I am looking for a live-in arrangement with a host family, that would be happy to have me stay with and work for them for at least 6 months. I would also prefer looking after children aged between 6 months to 10 years. Lastly, although I am quite flexible, I would prefer to have working hours that would allow me to attend day time French language classes.
I would be happy to have the opportunity to speak with you: to answer whatever questions you may have about me or my childcare experiences; to learn more about your family; your interests and to know more about what you expect from the au pair arrangement.
Thank you very much for your interest in my application!
I look forward to hearing from you.
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