Au-pair Program

6 Things you must know before you become an au pair

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 As living aboard is hard for everyone, living with a host family totally different from you makes the challenge even harder. So I would love to share with you the things I wish I knew before being an au pair.

  1. I wish I knew how much the language barrier would affect the way the children respected and treated me, that the kids in other countries could be different than kids in mine.
  2. I wish I knew that I should say no when I had to do things that are not my work, or instead of doing something that annoys me. I really did regret how I did react in some situations, so don’t do the same error.
  3. I wish I knew all my rights in time, it’s good to know what’s your rights and be ready to get them. Unfortunately, I knew that in Germany, an au pair should be free in public holidays after I finished my au pair stay.
  4. I wish I knew the right time to leave, don’t see it as giving up, you learned experience, I had maybe to find another family or just back home instead of fighting over my health and comfort.
  5. I wish I prepared myself psychologically, everything new puts many people in culture shock.
  6. I wish I made more friends, the au pair stay time is a perfect time to make friends, to hang out and discover other cultures, so make as much friends as you can.
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In the end, if the family had an au pair before you, contact her, and ask her how was life there, learn from other’s experiences. 

I don’t mean that all host families aren’t nice, but few of them try to use the au pair, and you are not there to be used.

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I wish you all the best!!

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