“Stop acting small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” – Rumi *6 minutes* That is the amount of time it took for me to come to my senses. 08:30 and her face bursts onto the screen of my phone, for a moment O R Tambo International Airport was at a standstill as our screams of … Continue reading **Dedicated to my bestfriend… an awakening
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
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?
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 … Continue reading Choosing the right host family
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
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 … Continue reading An introduction to ‘au pairing’