The dream to visit France, namely Paris, appeared in my childhood, almost in the first grade. My mother listened to Patricia Kaas, loved French movies, and even sent me to a school with profound study of the French language. I studied with pleasure, I liked the language, I spent a lot of time reading and translating, watching programs and movies in French. By adolescence I was already quite good at reading, speaking and understanding.
At the age of 13-14 I saw for the first time an article about the international cultural exchange Au-Pair program, where girls and young people described their life and work experience in French families. To say that I was impressed by it is nothing to say! I lived in the Crimea and the idea that I could go to France, and even almost for free, inspired me beyond belief! Excess money in my family did not have and that to go to France to study for a fee, I did not even dream, and here they told me that you can go to work, where they will feed, water and even pay a little. And all this in Paris!
At the age of 22 I graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic Institute and I seriously thought about trying to go to France as an Au-Pair. I started looking for a family that would be willing to take me in. I found one, but it took quite a long time, and then we corresponded with my potential foster family for almost a year to get to know each other better.