Rous is a determined 25-year-old woman from Mexico who signed up with a U.S. placement agency to work as an au pair for a year. Attracted by the agency’s focus on “cultural exchange,” she imagined growing her English skills, making American friends, and getting to share her culture with her host family.
As she lives and works for a family of five in Seattle, those hopes and dreams are put to the test. Do the glossy promises of the cultural exchange square with her own experiences?
This question is more relevant than ever as a growing number of young, highly-skilled Mexican women migrate to the U.S. with fresh-faced optimism about becoming au pairs. In “Her Room by the Kitchen,” Rous questions the true value of the opportunities promised by this year abroad.