Antonella Mendoza lives in the US thanks to a childcare program

For a little over three weeks, Antonella Mendoza has lived in Nashville, Tennessee. She traveled to the United States as part of an exchange program and will live there for a year. About her expectations and what this experience is being, she referred in dialogue with FM Vos (94.5) and with Diario San Rafael.
Antonella is a dancer and dance teacher, she began to think about the idea of ​​doing an exchange of these characteristics, during the first months of the quarantine, although she wanted to graduate first. “Since I was a girl I always wanted to travel and get to know the United States,” she said, adding: “I would like to go to the United States not only to get to know, but also to be able to study a little more what I like, which is dance, take classes with other teachers”.
He decided to do it this way, as an exchange, due to the difficulties involved in doing it in another way, especially to get a visa, in addition to the high costs involved. “This program makes it easier with the visa, with the cost because it is quite accessible, so I saw it as one of the strongest possibilities to be able to come. The program is for exchange, work and study, that is, I am working here and I also have to study something (the visa requires it)”, he said.
Regarding expenses, she is taking care of children but she highlighted that with only two weeks of work there, she replaces the money she invested to travel. “In order to come you have to do a series of interviews with families that need a nanny, and after you coincide with a family (you have to like that family and you have to like that family), it’s like they pay the ticket and you you stay at his house. They have to give you your own room with your own bathroom, and also a weekly schedule that is established with them, because there is a maximum number of hours you can work and they pay you in the week, ”she explained. That same family must pay for the studies that the young woman does and her food, so the money collected is hers alone.
The family she lives with is made up of Julia, a single mother and two children (a three-year-old boy and a nearly five-year-old girl). The woman was born in Russia, she traveled to California when she was eight years old and for about six years she has lived in Tennessee, as it is a quieter state than the previous one. “Luckily she was living in Argentina, it was a few months because she wanted to learn Spanish, which is great because my English is still not very good, so we can speak in English and when I don’t understand a word, we speak in Spanish. She is super nice, very friendly, very nice, luckily she got me a good family, ”she assured. Regarding the children, they are also good and something nice that this same exchange program has is that she can choose the age and number of children to care for.
About his routine, he said that at 6:55 he gets up to prepare the lunch that the little ones will eat later at school; then with Julia they make them breakfast and then, the mother takes them to school; she is free until 12, when the youngest arrives to eat again; he has to make him take a nap, but the hours he sleeps count as work hours in case he wakes up; around 16 the girl arrives, and prepares a meal for her; she stays playing with both of them until Julia returns from work, around 7:00 p.m. The rest of the hours of the day are free, as well as weekends.

Antonella Mendoza lives in the US thanks to a childcare program