Ayano S from Japan 8weeks General English Course and Demi pair

It was a wonderful experience to spend three months as a Demi Pair.
I was a kindergarden teacher in Japan so I love children and I was interested in the way to bringing up children in Australia.

My tasks were half-housework and half-looking after children. My host kids are 5-year-girl and 3-year-boy so host parents wanted me supervising them. The housework was simple and my host mother gave me the weekly schedule what should I do so I’ve never felt burden. And looking after children was really fun but I felt difficulty as well.
I think the kids in Australia have abundance of emotional expression especially my host kids are little so they had many sibling battle and cry or be cross easily. I tried to solve the problem between them each time. I thought I was good at handling kids but when I tried to speak English,I couldn’t even say half of what I wanted to say.

Therefore I got my host mother help many times and I learned how to lead solution it little by little. I was perplexed about difference of way to raising up and lifestyle between Japan and Australia at the beginning but I got used to it soon. And I think the most important thing for Demi Pair is communication with host family! It was hard for me to understand everything they say and tell them what I want to tell. But they tried to speak slowly and use easy words for me. And also I was happy when they tried thrie best to listen or understand my poor English.

I think making positive efforts to talk with host family is the quickest way to improve English but I was shy and didn’t talk a lot so I regret it. If I had not hesitated to talk, I would have been able to get along with them better and my English might have improved more. However I could learn lots of words and expressions from their daily conversation,even when I played with host kids. I think this environment was really good for studying English! I really appreciate what they’ve done for me, espesially my host mother was always cared about me,nice to me and whenever I have trouble,she gave me her advice and helped me. I was relieved to lead a full life because of them. I can’t thank them enough! If someone can’t figure out what sort of accomodation you ought to be choose for the beginning of your Australian life,I definitely recommend Demi Pair!

Ayano S from Japan 8weeks General English Course & Demi pair

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4年制大学卒業後、中小企業で4年間勤めた後、ずっと夢見ていた海外生活をワーキングホリデーでオーストラリアに渡航! 土ボタルツアーガイド、カフェ、クリーナーや寿司屋など色々な仕事を経験。また学生ビザで再度渡航し、グラフィックデザインを勉強。 ワーキングホリデーが自身の人生を大きく変える。 Hello, Nice to meet you. My name is Hiroko and I am a Student adviser at I.W.H.P. I have been living in Australia for 9 years. I came here on a working holiday visa in 2009. I love travelling but I have always dreamed about living in another country. I believe that Australia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and that the culture, nature and character. I have always wondered what it looks like?What I can learn? What the differences between my country and other countries are? Of course the purpose was studying English. I’m still learning a lot of things so it never ends. Learning another language is very useful and fun and I’ve been able to meet a lot of people because of my English. No it is your time to change your life!! I.W.H.P is always here for you to help living in Australia.

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