Saying goodbye to my American life

You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place… like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way again. – Azar Nafisi You don’t realize how much at home you become in […]

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Overcoming homesickness and culture shock

Living in a new country is an exciting adventure for new au pairs but the first few weeks of excitement slowly fades while you try to find your daily rhythm. Some may find they get homesick very early in the program, it either goes away gradually or it may become stronger. In the midst of […]

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PACKING: what stays and what goes?

I dread packing for any trip and packing for a year abroad brings a stress I desperately did not need. It’s hard to think of what you may or may not need with all of the excitement going on and there’s no doubt you’re going to pack things that will never be of use. Keeping […]

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Choosing the right host family

After you have completed your application, it will be reviewed by the staff of your agency and once approved you will be put online so that potential host families may look at your profile. When, after viewing your profile, a family thinks you will be a good fit for them they will request an interview […]

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Beginning your application

Once you have officially made the decision to become an au pair, have understood the requirements and have chosen an agency, you will begin your application. The application can be lengthy and you must use your time efficiently. Aside from filling in an application that will be published online for potential host families to find […]

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Understanding requirements & choosing an agency

As with any job, there are requirements you must fulfill before you get the job. This is the same with being an au pair, you can’t JUST BECOME AN AU PAIR. There are age requirements and restrictions, as well as a minimum amount of childcare hours. Depending on the agency you choose, some requirements might […]

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An introduction to ‘au pairing’

A few years ago, like so many people, I had no idea what an au pair was, I had never heard of the word but now, I blurt that word out endlessly to anyone looking for an adventure. The program changed my life and many others, opening your eyes to so much we are blinded […]

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