Verônica & Carmen “Carmen has become like a member of the family. She's like an older sister to the girls and she helps to teach them English.”

Introduction

Verônica and Pedro have three daughters and hired a Colombian babysitter, Carmen. Carmen is Colombian and spends the school year living at Verônica and Pedro's house. She takes care of their 3 daughters and teaches them Spanish.

Verônica (parent):

Carmen and the girls share a special bond. I remember the weekend when Carmen went on a trip to Colombia. My daughters cried, even though they knew she would be coming back. I don’t want to think about what it’ll be like when she finally goes back to Colombia for good. They’ll miss her so much. Carmen is like an older sister to them and they love her. They have lots of fun together, but she also helps them with their homework and they respect her.

What do you like about Carmen?

Verônica: “First of all, she loves my daughters. When she comes into the house, the first thing she’ll do is to kiss and hug them. She’s enormously empathic and very affectionate. She easily adjusts to their different ages and characters. She likes to do different things with them, like crafting or dancing with them on the Wii. She’s become a member of our family. We’re all very happy to have her.”

Carmen, what do you like most about the family you live with in Brasil?

Carmen: From the start, we had a connection. I don’t feel like I’m away from home and I don’t miss Colombia, because I feel like a part of the family. The girls are like little sisters to me. I like working with kids because they’re straightforward, positive, their feelings are transparent, they’re always enthusiastic and are always willing to learn new things. When I hear them speak Spanish now, I’m so proud of them and of the work we’ve done together."

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