I worked as an Au Pair for one year and I really enjoyed it. Why you should consider working as an Au Pair too, what you can learn from it and why you will miss a great deal if you don´t, I will tell you in this post.
What is an Au Pair?
An Au Pair is a Person who takes care of the familys childern, why the parents are at work or have to take extra care of one child, like an newborn baby. You get pocket money, board and lodging. While you take care of the children, you learn a new lenguage or become better in one you already know, you leanr new things, meet new people and get to know a different culture. In the best case you become a family member of your host family and get a second family for a lifetime.
Other post abou being an Au Pair
- Traveling as an Au Pair
- What no one tells you about being an Au Pair
- Travel (the world) as an Au Pair
I always had that dream, that plan, to go abroad, improve my English and start studying in Sweden. Well, some things of it worked out, some did not. Two years ago, after I finished school I got on the airplane and flew to Manchester, where my host dad picked me up. The moment I entered the house I became a fully-fledged family member. At least it felt like that.On the same day I already got a good-night kisses and hugs from the Kids, which was overwhelming. I never thought they would accept me that quickly.
I took care of three children for one year, and let me tell you it was one of the best years of my life. I course it is not always easy. For example, when you get homesick for the first time after three month living in England, or when you get to know that your host parents are going to get divorced, and everything that comes with that.
But when you see your little dwraf king, your princess and the big one smile or they are chasing after you, laughting so they can barely hold their water pistols in their Hands, everything is fine again.
Or they say super cute thing that makes you smile for the rest of the day. You want some examples? No Problem.
Why YOU should work as an Au Pair!
I asked some other Au Pair three questions about their experiences. If you would like to tell us what you experienced feel free to contact me, or to leave a comment down below.
The three questions were:
- What did you lern from being an Au Pair?
- Would you recommend it to others? Yes/No and why?
- What did you like the most, not at all about being an Au Pair?
1. The most important thing i’ve learnt during my time as an au pair was learning how to stay strong and how to make the best out of a difficult Situation.
2. I would highly recommend it to others, but you have to choose your host family quiet carefully! Be sure you really want to live with them for a while.
3. For me it was more like a dog sitting and cleaning job, I wasn’t really happy there. I stayed there for 6 months and I was really happy to go back home. On the other Hand, I’ve seen beautiful cities, learnt a lot about a different culture and language. And I can’t say that it wasn’t worth it!
Lynn, 19, New York (USA)
What I did learn: to be open minded, to take responsibilities and not to be in the first place all the time. I also learned to be self confident and to just explore new places and Highways with a huge car I never thought I could ever drive.
Would I recommend it: Yes, I would! You learn a lot about other cultures, you can meet great and terrible people but you´ll learn something in both cases.
What did I like most: New York City 😀 the outlet store… No most of all I liked my host family and the Support they gave and still give me. I´m very thankful to have them in my life.
Jana, Stafford (UK)
I´ve learnt a lot from being an Au Pair. I learnt many things about myself, like being more self-confident or to build my own opinion about something. And about taking care of children in different Ages. Additionally, I got to know another way of life withe different routines. And of course I improved my English.
If someone is asking me if I would like to be an Au Pair again, I would say yes. You get to know lovely People, make new friends and learn another language. I addition you learn to stand on your feet and take care of children. If you like to, you can travel a lot and see some fantastic places.
I loved being part of my host family. It´s great to know I´m having a „second“ family in England. For my two Little girls I´m like a sister. It was fantastic to travel a lot around England and discover many lovely places.
Katharina, 19, Stoke-on-Trent (UK)
I learned a lot about myself, who I am and who I want to become. I learnd a lot about child care and being a „parent“, to take responsibility, to make sure the children are alright, and if they´re not to distract them. I realized what my parents did for me all my life without me saying thank you, or even noticing it. I improved my English and learned Swedish, at least a Little. But I think mostly I learned about life. That love doesn´t last forever, that being a parent can be hard, that you need to stay true to yourself, and that you should live every day to the fullest!
YES!!! To everyone out there! If you don´t know what to do, look for a host family at a Destination you like. You learn so many things about life and yourself, you meet amazing people, get to know a new culture, see new places and eat different dishes. You will get unique experiences and a second family.
I really loved and appreciat that my family showed me so many beautiful places and that I was a proper family member. I love still being a part of it. I enjoyed the british Pubs, the Food and our Party Fridays. I am happy that I made some new friends and just thankful to everyone who made this adventure even better!