I have always enjoyed working with younger children. So after I graduated SPW from the Deltion College te Zwolle, I decided that I didn’t want work in a Day care centre right away.”
Marjon wanted adventure before she started a new job in the Netherlands. “I was 21 and I wanted to travel. As child I always said that I would travel to the USA some day. And I did! I decided to work as an aupair, I worked with an Aupair organisation in America.”
They organisation will help you to connect with family’s and they will stand by you throughout the proces.
“I had a few calls with different families, it was a very hard choice to make. But finally i decided to go to Virginia to work for a familie with an 8 year old girl. My english was basic at that point, and I needed to improve my English to grow as an aupair. I had a great year with them. I made many new friends, mostly europeans who are in the same program as me. (I still speak to a lot of them, even after all those years.) I decided to do one more year in the USA with another Familie in Connecticut , don’t get me wrong, I loved my familie in Virginia, but I wanted more experience. So I worked for a familie with 3 boys, a 4 year old, a 6 year old and an 8 year old boy. all where great kids, I learned a lot that year. Met new people but I was not as close to them as I was in Virginia.”
Marjon returned to the Netherlands to work as an aupair and started a job as waitress. She enjoyed herself a lot working as a waitress, but the family she worked with was not a good match so it was time for a new adventure!
“I came across an article from Gortz and Crown, a nanny company. I came in contact with the owner and she invited me over for an interview. And I was accepted to the program. I had to follow a course, 2 days a week from 7 till 10 at night in Leiden the Netherlands. By the time I started this course I lived back with my parents again. I had to travel a lot and the costs were high. I worked 2 jobs to be able to pay the train, bus and taxi. it was a long few months but i did it!! I was a proud Gortz and Crown nanny!”
Marjon started to look for a family that was in need of a nanny. The Gortz and Crown organization gave her the contact information to a family in Bahrain. Dutch Mom 7 months pregnant, an English dad and 3 other kids, 4,3,2 years old.
“It was a nice Familie and an interesting environment. The middle east is so different from what I am used too. People are layback relaxt, things don’t get done as we are used to. I will give you an example; when you bring your car to the garage..in Europe they tell u: come tomorrow at 12 and it’s done. In bahrain they will tell u inshallah/tomorrow, and when u come to pick your car up the next day, nothing has happend. They will tell you again, inshallah/tomorrow, but it will not be ready the next day, it will take a week or so. I did lose my temper and shouted, and it was done the next day because that dutch lady was very angry LOL.”
“I called my mom a few times when I just started working in Bahrein, hearing myself say “I am not staying longer then a year!” Today I have been in Bahrain for 9 years. I have build friendships, I have a Bahraini boyfriend and I work for an Arabic Family now for almost 6 years. A lot off people have criticized me why I wanted to live in the Middle East where the terrorist are! There are no Terrorist where I live, Arabic people are friendly and nice.They do have a different lifestyle than us. They have a lot of nannies and maids, also drivers and gardeners. I do life with an VIP family but they are down to earth. Arabic weddings i haven’t been in, but i do have seen them dressing up! I can tell u they go out as Princesses! Woman and men are separated. I did take part in an engagement, all ladies where dressed up fancy, I felt underdressed.
Life in Bahrein is a lot cheaper as it is in Holland so Marjon can do a lot more then what she could do in the Netherlands. “In holland I never took pedicures, manicures or massages. In Bahrain they are cheap, so I do it all the time. Middle eastern ladies like make up, I came to Bahrain with a mascara and 1 eye pencil. Now i have way more than that, so much that I don’t know where to put it. I don’t do my make-up like the arabic ladies do, they use a lot of products and I don’t want to do that to my skin. Their hair is always perfect.
Marjon loves living in Bahrein and could have never expected that she would call Bahrein “home” someday.