How did this happen, you ask? Aren't you there for an internship?
Well, after a few weeks of settling in, learning more about my job and making a few friends, I realized it was high time I made a small income.
Because my internship is unpaid, every dollar I've spent on food, work clothes, sightseeing, etc. has been burning little holes in both my wallet and my pride. I feel guilty every time I spend a few bucks on anything. Groceries included.
I didn't want to miss out on all of the amazing things this area has to offer, so I posted a babysitting ad on the DC area's church message board and suddenly had several people interested.
Because I don't have a car, anything too far was out of the question unless it happened to be within a few blocks of a metro station. Even then, I wasn't too thrilled about the idea of having to spend $5 in roundtrip transportation to babysit.
I must be doing something right because the perfect job landed in my lap.
- First of all, the family lives a few blocks away. It's a nice, 13-minute walk to a house in a good neighborhood.
- My internship starts at 11 a.m., and they want me M-F from 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. to help their two girls (ages 4 and 7) wake up, get dressed and eat breakfast. I also have to pack their lunches and drive them (using their car) to school. I love this arrangement because it gets me up in the morning, gives me a little exercise and adds a few dollars to my wallet that I can feel less guilty spending on with friends that night.
- They also are going to want me a few nights a week. The family is about to have a third child (today's her due date) and want someone to be able to give their girls enough attention while they are going to be busy/tired.
- I was initially afraid they would look elsewhere once they found out I was only here thru December. Turns out, they are moving in December and were worried about hiring someone they'd have to let go!
- They pay well. I figure, if I'm earning $30-$40 dollars on a Friday night instead of spending it, I'm doing alright.
- I'm not expected to be there every night. If I have plans, I have plans. I get to make my own schedule. End of story.