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Contents

BASIC FAMILY INFORMATION
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Address
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Birthdays
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Phone numbers
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Home phone number:
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Cell phone numbers:
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Host parent work phone numbers:
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Local kinder details
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St Andrews Kinder
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Montmorency Occasional Childcare

ROUTINE
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Monday
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Tuesday
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Wednesday
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Thursday
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Friday
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Weekend Routine

Babysitting

SLEEP

CAR

THINGS TO DO
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Local
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Bigger adventures

HOUSEWORK

FOOD
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Do'S and DON'TS
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Food/drink

Nappies

Going outside

Bathing

Discipline

Interaction

Au Pair information

Internet

Phone

Pay

Trips Away

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

BASIC FAMILY INFORMATION

Address

77 George st, Penshurst, NSW

Birthdays

David Dowson 5 th November
Annaleigh Lyons 23 rd April
Acacia Lyons born 19 th Feb 2008 (4 yrs old)

Phone numbers

Home phone number:

(03) 9435 5634 or +61 3 9435 2029

Cell phone numbers:

Host Mum Annaleigh: 0423 578 454

Host Dad David: 0448 345 232

Au Pair:

Host parent work phone numbers:

Host Mum: UniSuper call 03 2323 6290 for reception if urgent,If you need something, it's fine to call either one of us at work. Try our mobile phones first as they are the best way to get hold of us quickly.

Local kinder details

GREENHILLS Kinder

Mondays 8:45am – 11:15am, Fridays 9am-12pm

Community Dr, Greensborough

Ph: (03) 9434 3379

Montmorency Occasional Childcare

Wednesdays 9am – 12pm

Petrie Park, Montmorency

Ph: (03) 9434 3131

If Acacia is not going we need to call them before 9am to let them know she is sick (then we don't pay the fee)

ROUTINE

This is the usual routine. Note that during school holidays, there is no kinder or occasional care or gymnastics so we need to think up some other activities for the kids to do!

NOTE: Please don't stress if you are late for kinder or Occasional care as it is not like school – they have a fairly loose schedule based on play. I used to be late often - but I'm sure you will be more organized than me!

Monday

7:45am be ready to start work

8am parents go to work

Finish getting the kids dressed and breakfast (if Dad hasn't done already). Do Acacia's hair neatly (a ponytail or plait). Help them brush teeth.

Pack Acacia's kinder lunch – fruit, biscuits, sandwich, drink bottle (see food section). Pack some snacks and a drink for Paterson.

Take Acacia to Greenhills kinder at 8:45am and pick her up at 11:15am.

Get the kids some lunch then Paterson has his nap around midday. Don't forget to check the parent pockets at kinder.

In the afternoon, a play centre or a park.

4-4:30pm bath for the kids and into PJ's

5pm Dinner

5:45pm pick Annaleigh up from the station. You don't have to do this but the kids really like it and it distracts them because they do get tired at the end of the day and it helps your day finish earlier J

Once you pick me up, you are finished for the day.

Tuesday

7:45am be ready to start work

8am parents go to work

Finish getting the kids dressed and breakfast (if Dad hasn't done already). Do Acacia's hair. Help brush teeth.

Acacia has her ballet/tap dancing lesson at Danceplus in Montmorency from 10am-11am

Other than that, Tuesday is a fairly free day so up to you – maybe a playdate or park or a café. You could also take them to Rare Bears (a playcentre) or on playdates with other au pairs (you can meet them through the Facebook page).

Lunch and a midday nap for Paterson.

4-4:30pm bath for the kids and into PJ's

5pm Dinner

5:45pm pick Annaleigh up from the station. Finish for the day.

Wednesday

7:45am be ready to start work

8am parents go to work

Finish getting the kids dressed and breakfast (if Dad hasn't done already). Do Acacia's hair. Brush teeth.

9am-12pm Acacia goes to occasional care in Montmorency. You could take Paterson to the gymnastics stadium, they have an opening morning for kids on Wednesday mornings and it is lots of fun. Or anything else, it's up to you J

4-4:30pm bath for the kids and into PJ's

5pm Dinner

5:45pm pick Annaleigh up from the station. Finish for the day.

Thursday

7:45am be ready to start work

8am parents go to work

Finish getting the kids dressed and breakfast (if Dad hasn't done already). Do Acacia's hair. Brush teeth.

Thursday morning is the kids Mainly Music class in Watsonia from 9:30am-10:30am. One of my friend's au pairs also takes Ella here so you can meet her and organize playdates and things with her too J

Afternoon is up to you, maybe a park or café

4-4:30pm bath for the kids and into PJ's

5pm Dinner

5:45pm pick Annaleigh up from the station. Finish for the day.

Friday

7:45am be ready to start work

8am mum goes to work

Note that dad works from home on Fridays so is around to help out or take Paterson to soccer or anything if you need a rest or would like to have the day off please let us know

Acacia starts kinder at 9am.

Paterson goes to indoor soccer at the Civic Centre in Greensborough from 9:30am-10:30am

Acacia needs to be picked up at 12pm.

Usually on Friday afternoons the kids have a playdate with Louella who has two children – Hugo (1) and Lily (4). She will come to our house or you can meet in a park or go to her house. She is from my mother's group and she is really lovely. Lily and Acacia love to play together.

4-4:30pm bath for the kids and into PJ's

5pm Dinner

5:45pm pick Annaleigh up from the station. Finish for the day.

Weekend Routine

Every second weekend David's other two daughters, Kiara and Mikayla, come to stay with us. They arrive on Friday night and go home on Monday morning. They also come every second Tuesday – arriving at 6pm and leaving the next morning at 7:45am. Usually you are not required to do anything at this time as you have free time on weekends. You are welcome to rest or go out. However we often do family activities on these weekends such as picnics and concerts and zoos etc to keep the kids busy! So if you want to come along you are more than welcome, we will pay for your entry and meals etc, as long as you are happy to give us a hand with the kids a little bit. As you can imagine it is a big job taking 4 kids out on the road and an even bigger job if there is another person along to look after – we just expect basic help, the same as you would provide if you were going out with friends or family. The kids may need toilet trips, we may need help juggling them at swimming pools etc or they may need help with meals etc. (similar to the section on Trips Away J

Note that on Fridays when they arrive, they take off all their clothes (including underwear) and store them away so they are clean for them to wear them home on Sunday night. They use our clothes/underwear while they are here, on the weekends.

On Tuesday evenings when they arrive, they can leave own their underwear/singlets on because they are going home to their mother in the morning.

Babysitting

There may be odd occasions where David and I might go out for dinner or coffee, after the kids go to bed (they go to bed 7-7:30pm and we would leave about 8). This would probably only happen once a month or so. Although to be honest it hasn't happened for about 3 months at the moment!! If we do go, we won't go far away (5 mins drive) because Paterson sometimes wakes up and it is hard to get him to sleep. If this happens you can just ring us and David will come straight home and put him back to sleep. You are welcome to try and resettle him but it is usually he wants mum (unless he has bonded closely with the au pair). Acacia doesn't wake up through the night.

You wouldn't have to do anything different as the kids will be already in bed, just keep an ear out for them in case they wake up. We can compensate you by giving you time off or extra pay, it's up to you.

If there is anything outside of this we would pay you extra or give you time off and it would only be arranged with your agreement. Usually, you are never expected to work outside the standard working hours. Your free time is your own

SLEEP

Paterson has a nap in the middle of the day. Generally about midday but sometimes if he is tired it can be earlier, try to read his tired signs (crying, rubbing eyes, falling over, pointing at things and crying, not knowing what he wants). If he has a late nap for any reason (after 1pm) then please make sure he doesn't sleep for longer than an hour as it will make it hard for us to get him to bed.

You can try putting him in his bed and patting him a little or rocking him. He has a CD of classical music that soothes him. If you find this too hard, you can drive him in the car to sleep or walk him in the pram.

Acacia doesn't sleep through the day (sometimes she falls asleep in the car, which can make it hard to get her to bed in the evening!) If she falls asleep at the end of the day, please try to wake her up because this is the time when it affects her bed time most.

 

CAR

You need to keep the car tidy. If the kids take toys, food, drinks etc in with them that is fine but you need to clear it out at the end of the day/trip. It's nice to have a good clean out on Fridays (and it is an easier day with Acacia in care) so that the car is empty again for the weekend! Keep the nappy bag stocked up too.

David will put the petrol in, you don't have to worry about this.

Make sure the kids are strapped in whenever you drive them anywhere. Acacia can undo her own belt and will sometimes undo it once we are in the driveway. That is OK as long as she doesn't do it outside the gate at all.

You are allowed to use David's car during your free time, in the evenings or on weekends (as long as you let us know. Usually we don't use his car on weekends). For your own personal (primarily for bigger trips) use it is usual that the au pair will pay for her own petrol. Small trips (to the station) it doesn't matter. The car takes normal unleaded petrol. Generally the au pairs will drive to the station and catch the train if they are doing a big trip or late trip, as it is easy to get lost driving in the city.

INSURANCE: We can usually put you on our insurance so you are covered. The excess for an accident is an extra $400. If you are driving the car for work we will cover this, but if you are doing personal travel this would be your responsibility

 

THINGS TO DO

Local

Playdates with other au pairs or the mothers in my mothers group (she likes Lily and Cadel) or from kinder (Kimberly/Grace). Acacia has a few other friends from her old daycare; Cailin, Caitlin and also Jasmine from Occasional Care. She loves to meet up with these friends, or invite them over to our house for a play. Kimberly will often take Acacia to her house for a play date too so this will mean you will just be looking after Paterson for the day J

Eltham – McDonalds,

Playcentre (Rare Bears), http://www.rarebears.com.au/elthamdetails.html

Eltham Pool www. eltham .ymca.org.au/

Miniature train http://www.dvr.com.au/

Greensborough – to the shopping centre. There are little $2 rides in the centre that the kids like and there used to be a playground in there but I think they are renovating it. He loves the pet shop too.

Bundoora Park – great farm with animals, tractor rides, pony rides, lots of playgrounds and a café http://www.bundoorapark.com.au/

The library – there is one in Eltham, Watsonia, and Rosanna. They have special story time sessions and play sessions as well http://www.yprl.vic.gov.au/

There are lots of parks in the area which I can point out to you on a map. There are 2 in walking distance.

Some really good ones (that you need to drive to) are; Wombat's Bend in Templestowe, The Adventure Park in Eltham, Alistair Knox park in Eltham. There is a nice park at the Macleod train station, and one in Montmorency near the kinder called Petrie Park.

There are lots of nice cafes in the area. There are a few on Weir St in Montmorency (near the kinder) and The Ridge Café in Eltham (near McDonalds) and Volumes in Eltham. Shillinglaw in Eltham (near the library) and the café at the library in Eltham. Greensborough has a few in the shopping centre, there is a nice one at Rosanna too. The kids love to have a milkshake (vanilla) and maybe a muffin or a cookie or something healthy like fruit salad.

Bigger adventures

Fairfield boat house http://fairfieldboathouse.com/

Montsalvat in Eltham http://www.montsalvat.com.au/

The Collingwood Children's Farm http://www.farm.org.au/

Take the kids in to have lunch with mum and dad in the city.

The Botanic Gardens in the city, has a Children's Garden http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/rbg-melbourne/childrens-garden

Docklands adventure park – rides etc http://www.wonderlandfunpark.com.au/

Luna Park in St Kilda http://www.lunapark.com.au/

Scienceworks in Yarraville http://museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/

Myuna Farm http://www.casey.vic.gov.au/myunafarm/

Go to the movies – they have mums and bubs sessions you can take the kids to at 10am in the morning

Zoos http://www.zoo.org.au/

Aquarium http://www.melbourneaquarium.com.au/home

Art Gallery http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/learn/ngv-kids

Museum http://museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/

Happy for you to do these bigger trips into the Zoo, Aquarium, the Art Gallery and the Museum etc, it is good if you organise to meet another au pair or a few, so you can enjoy these together and help each other with the kids.

Keep track of all your expenses when you take the kids out and we will reimburse you. We usually give you the money up front and you can give us the receipts as you spend it which saves you using your money.

This site has a good list of things on in Melbourne that may be things you want to do during your free time on weekends as well as kids events www.onlymelbourne.com.au

HOUSEWORK

Note: We understand that when you first start, it will be a bit overwhelming. It will take you a few weeks to get used to the routine, and the amount of work there is looking after the kids! We don't expect you to be able to do everything listed here straight away. We will both help you. After a few weeks, and once you are comfortable with everything, then you will be able to cope with the things listed below much more easily.

In the morning, Acacia should make her bed and tidy her room. If there isn't enough time, it's OK to do it later in the day.

Kids rooms and toy area are to be kept tidy. Please put toys back in the correct place! It is important as I put a lot of effort in to keep the toys organised, I would like you to keep them organised too, please try to learn where everything goes. I am happy for you to rearrange/organise or change things around (as long as it is still tidy). We try to encourage the kids to tidy up after themselves, and help when we are cleaning up.

At the end of the day, it would be nice if you could help out by stacking the dishwasher and do any hand washing that is left (these would be mainly yours & the kids dishes from the day and dinner). If you have had a busy day and don't have the energy every day that's OK we do understand and are happy to help you. We don't expect you to be a housecleaner (we already have one!) – your main role is to take care of the kids and the rest is less important.

You can keep a shopping list of things you need at the supermarket. David usually does the grocery shopping once or twice a week, in the evenings after the kids are in bed. You can pick up things through the day if you like too, and we will reimburse you.

Laundry – this is a big job, we would appreciate some help with the kids clothes if you have time. When you get a chance you could fold some washing, or put the kids clothes away etc.

Please clean up after yourself in the kitchen. Wipe the benches down after yourself etc. Wipe down the kitchen dining table if it gets dirty during dinner.

We have a cleaner come every fortnight who does the big jobs – bathrooms and floors. In between you can contribute to the household by: vacuuming or sweeping occasionally (just the lounge/kitchen/toy area, wiping down the benches, cleaning any dirty surfaces (windows, TV, mirrors etc) as needed.

Keep your room clean and your bathroom clean & tidy too.

FOOD

VERY IMPORTANT: When you are packing the snacks for kinder please make sure you don't use any nut products (peanut butter, or whole nuts) as there are children with nut allergies and we are not allowed to bring nut products to kinder or occasional care. Cadel has a nut allergy. Acacia and Cadel play together quite a bit so it is good for you to be aware of this. Also, they do not allow lollies, chips or confectionery in the kinder snacks (although Occasional Care seem to be a bit more relaxed).

DRINKS : Please water down their juice. Paterson should be offered milk at least twice a day (morning, dinnertime). Make sure you keep drink bottles with you, generally with water in them or a little bit of juice really watered down. Sometimes they have a little bit of cordial instead of juice (out of the glass bottle in the fridge). Acacia needs to take a drink bottle with her to kinder/occasional care. Make sure the drink bottle and snack boxes all have labels on them with her name (label maker is in the bottom drawer).

BREAKFAST : The kids often have toast or porridge (there is instant porridge in the cupboard). If you ask them, they will tell you what they want. Sometimes I make scrambled/poached/boiled eggs for breakfast (or even dinner if we haven't got anything pre-organized!).

LUNCH : Ham & cheese sandwich or jam or vegemite sandwich ETC. Sometimes I just give the kids a little platter of things to choose from like: a slice of ham, some fruit (grapes, mandarin, orange quarters), a slice of cheese, a savoury biscuit, etc.

DINNER : Generally I will pre-prepare something so you don't have to do much cooking, just heating things up. I understand how hard it is to cook with 2 kids around! There should always be things in the freezer such as chicken nuggets, frozen bolognaise sauce, or fish fingers that you can use as a backup. If you get time it would be great to cut up some fresh veges to steam for dinner, sometimes I used to do this when Paterson was sleeping. If you don't get time there are always frozen veges in the freezer as back up. There are packets of instant macaroni cheese in the pantry, the kids love it! They also love a special ‘salad' which has no lettuce in it but I cut up tomato, cucumber, cheese, grapes, carrots, and any other fruit we have (apples or pears etc) with a bit of salad dressing on it!

Things the kids like; chicken schnitzel, pasta, chow mien, lasagne, cannelloni, fish and veges. They eat almost anything.

For dessert, they like ice cream and fruit, or yoghurt and fruit, or perhaps you could make some cupcakes or cookies together through the day! During summer, I also like to make frozen ice creams with stewed fruit and yoghurt in it.

SNACKS :

Some ideas for snacks for Acacia's kinder snack box. Usually I pack a snack box for Acacia and one for Paterson at the same time. The best snack is fruit, cut up into pieces. Other ideas are:

•  popcorn (we have a popcorn maker or sometimes buy premade packets),

•  cheese sticks,

•  sultanas,

•  cucumber pieces,

•  savoury biscuits,

•  dip – either store bought or homemade (sour cream and corn relish, guacamole or something similar)

•  corn cakes (you can spread them with avocado or peanut butter or cream cheese but only if they are going to be eaten straight away as they go soggy after half an hour or so).

•  Yoghurt

•  home baked items (such as carrot cake, banana cake, cookies, cupcakes) or pikelets/pancakes cooked the day before then spread with butter and jam.

•  Some salami or cold meat pieces or cold sausage cut up (Paterson loves meat!)

•  Tomato or cherry tomatoes

•  Pineapple (tinned) there are also fruit snacks in the pantry as a backup when we don't have any fresh fruit

•  Dried fruit (the kids aren't super keen on it but will eat a bit – esp sultanas)

•  A couple of sweet biscuits (the tiny teddies or the mini oreos) but Kinder discourages this. OK for Occasional care OK and Paterson's snack.

 

Do'S and DON'TS

Food/drink

Please don't give the kids any soft drink, especially Coke.

Not too many lollies/chocolate/chips – they are allowed to have them but try to stick to just one treat per day. We try and encourage the kids to eat healthy instead eg: fruit, veges, yoghurt.

They have juice or cordial watered down. They can have vanilla milkshakes.

We try to stay away from food with artificial colours in it when we can (not always possible though, I know).

Nappies

Paterson needs to use the Amolin baby wipes otherwise he gets a red bum. If he does get a red bum use the cream every time you change his nappy and use the wet cotton wool and warm water rather than the wipes as the chemicals can irritate already sensitive skin. Generally I use the wipes first, then the cotton balls with water to wash him clean, and dry him with a little hand towel.

Don't forget to take the nappy bag with you when you are going out in the car or pram! You should also have tissues and/or wipes with you at all times as the kids can be messy sometimes and there are plenty of little accidents to clean up.

Generally Acacia can go to the toilet herself (at home) but if she is in an unfamiliar environment (outside the house) she will need help. Also you will need to help Acacia wipe her bum if she does a poo. She is not very good at doing it and if she doesn't get help she tends to get an irritated bottom.

Always keep a pack of wipes in your bag for emergency clean ups of all kinds! There is a potty we keep in the car too in case Acacia needs to go urgently and you are not close to a toilet.

Going outside

Please remember to put sunscreen on as the kids have fair skin and burn easily! Reapply sunscreen if they are going out again in the afternoon. Make sure they wear a hat on sunny days. During the months Sept-March this is important. April-August they don't need to worry.

Make sure you lock the doors when you leave the house, and turn off the heater/air conditioner and lights/TV etc.

Bathing

Wash the kids hair once a week. Dry Acacia's hair off a bit (not totally) with the hairdryer afterwards. If you don't get time let me know and I'll do it on the weekend J

Discipline

Do give them lots of praise – it is better to encourage them with positive reinforcement rather than negative discipline. Sometimes Paterson may need a time out in his room for 2 minutes if he bites or hurts Acacia (this doesn't happen often - usually only when he is tired). Give him a warning first and tell him what will happen if he keeps going then if he does it again put him gently in his room and tell him it is time out and that he needs to be gentle when he comes out of his room.

Acacia likes to hear that she is doing a good job at things. Please encourage her with positive encouragement. If she does something naughty we prefer to say that it is naughty behavior (rather than telling her she is naughty which is disempowering). Ask her to change her behavior. Tell her we love her and she is a good girl but right now we are not happy with her behavior. She generally does not get time outs any more as she is overall well behaved and is able to be reasoned with.

We encourage the kids to say please and thank you. If Acacia orders you around (eg: “Get my juice” etc) then please remind her that she needs to use her good manners and ask politely. Don't give in to her demands as I don't want her to be disrespectful.

 

Interaction

Paterson is very clever and understands everything you say. He is starting to talk but still only saying a few words. Tell him what you are doing before you do it. For example, “it's time for a bath now Paterson, finish your snack and I will run a bath”. Or “ it's time to go out, we are going to take Acacia to kinder, you need to hop in the car” or ” it's time to change your nappy Paterson!”. He truly understands and it makes it easier to get him to co-operate if he knows what is going on.


Au Pair information

Internet

You are welcome to use our wireless internet at home. We have a 200gb download limit which is quite high. If you don't have your own laptop you can use our iPad or borrow my laptop when I am not using it. We might be able to organize a loan computer for your room or something else, just let me know as I work in IT and can usually arrange loan units J

Phone

We are happy to supply you with a mobile phone. We will put $20 credit a month on it so you can call us if you need to. If you need more let us know and we can top it up J You need to pay for your own personal use outside of that (unless it is work related of course).

Pay

For full time work the Au Pair will receive the agreed amount, paid into the bank account of their choice. If you haven't got one setup we can help you do this. We can pay cash as an interim but electronic transfer is much easier for everyone. If you prefer to work 4 days a week we can pay a little less. Any time off can be happily arranged in co-operation and in advance J If you are sick you will still get paid, and you will still get paid for public holidays. If you take time off to go travelling (for example for a week or two) then you won't get paid. If you stay with us for 6 months we will give you one week's fully paid holiday. If you stay with us for 12 months then we will give you 2 weeks fully paid holiday.

Trips Away

We are more than happy for you to come away with us on family trips. In fact we are very excited to show you around our country! We often do short trips at the weekend such as going to visit David's mum in Angelsea (on the Great Ocean Rd) or Beechworth in November, etc. We are happy to show you tourist sites and make sure you see anything that you have in mind or find in a guide book. The only condition is that you give us a hand with the family work, eg: helping unload/load the car, help with the kids when we are trying to juggle them going to the toilet or swimming etc. Contribute to meal times, preparation or tidy up the hotel or place we stay etc. It is just the same as if you were going away with your own family or friends, we all share the load.

Also we go up to Sydney at Christmas time to see my family and other family holidays through the year (Hamilton Island, Whitsundays in August!)


WHAT ABOUT YOU?

 

We would love to know more about you! It is important that we get to know you and your likes/dislikes and expectations. Please tell us:

 

What food do you like to eat? What is your favourite food and favourite dessert? Is there anything that you don't like or don't eat (seafood, red meat, chicken etc)?

When is your birthday?

Do you have any allergies either to food or medicine?

Are there any favourite holidays that you particularly like to celebrate?

What are you favourite movies/TV shows?

Your favourite colour?

Your favourite time of the year?

Are there any sports or hobbies that you enjoy, that you would like to continue while you are here?

Do you know anyone in Australia already? Do you have plans for any visitors (boyfriend, family?)

What plans do you have for travelling once you have finished with us?

Are there any things in Melbourne you are hoping to see? (eg: the Zoo, the Aquarium, St Kilda)

What are you hoping to get out of your time with us?

 

Is there anything else you would like to tell us? Maybe about your family or home?

 

Please ask, if there is anything you don't understand or would like more information J

 


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