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 … Continue reading Overcoming homesickness and culture shock
“To some extent, Seattle remains a frontier metropolis, a place where people can experiment with their lives, and change and grow and make things happen.” – Tom Robbins When I had confirmation that I’d be living in Seattle I immediately set out to buy myself a pair of rainboots, that was right on top of … Continue reading Seattle without an umbrella…
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 … Continue reading PACKING for your year abroad: what stays and what goes?
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 … Continue reading Beginning Your Aupair Application
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 … Continue reading Au pair requirements & choosing an agency