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Tips on How to Find the Perfect Au Pair Host Family

Au Pair – a young foreign person who helps with housework or childcare in exchange for food, a room, and some pocket money.

What a better way to live in a new country than by being an au pair?! I had always wanted to be an au pair and now I finally am one! I am living in New Zealand as an au pair for a year!

I used au pair world and I found the perfect au pair host family!!auckland_aupair_host_family_ciaofelicia

Here’s some tips on how the find the perfect au pair host family:

  • Trust your gut- It always knows best. If you find any red flags about the family, move on. It’s not worth the risk!
  • Don’t stop looking at the first offer you find- There are lots of families looking for an au pair in many different places. Keep your options open and interview the family. Don’t settle for a mediocre family, your dream family is out there waiting for you!
  • Make sure they live in a desirable area- Google the city that they live in. It probably wouldn’t be as great of an experience if they lived in the middle of nowhere and if it was really difficult to find friends in the area.
  • Video Chat- The best way to get to know the family without actually meeting them is to video chat. And again, trust your gut. Talking with them should be fun and exciting!
  • If possible, talk to previous au pairs– This one is SO important. One of the main selling points for the family that I chose was the rave review I got from their past au pair. She loved the family. I asked her to tell me the worst thing to expect, and she said the kids will love you so much and want to be with you constantly. If that’s the worst, I’ll take it! So just make sure to speak with a previous au pair to get an unbiased version of what the family is like.auckland_host_family_au_pair_ciaofelicia
  • Become friends (on social media)– You can learn so much about someone by what they post online!
  • Ask lots of questions – Don’t be afraid to ask every question you can think of. The family should be happy to answer them! Here are some suggestions: living space, food, free time, pay, car, personal vacation time, family vacations, daily routine, health insurance, cell phone
  • Agree on a contract and written list of duties for your protection (and sign it once you’re already there)- Make a clear agreement about what you are expected to do, how much time you will have off, and what you will be paid. Preferably wait until you’ve done your first week to sign the contract in case you don’t get along with the family and you need to get out.ciaofelicia_au_pair_auckland

I wish you all the best in your host family search! Leave a comment if you have any other tips to find the perfect au pair host family!

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Author: ciaofelicia

Hi! I’m Felicia. I am a 23 year old traveler originally from Huntington Beach, CA and currently living in Auckland, New Zealand. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton in May 2016. After graduation, I didn't have a "dream career" in mind, so I followed my heart and have been finding ways to make money as I travel the world ever since! I plan to travel and learn more about the world than I ever did in school. Traveling is a passion of mine. I love seeing the beauty of our world through architecture, nature, and people. I love connecting with people without being able to speak the same language. I love being in an unfamiliar place alone and stepping outside of my comfort zone. But I don’t know what I want to do yet. I plan to travel the world for as long as possible instead of "adulting." Until I figure it out, will you go on this adventure with me?

9 thoughts on “Tips on How to Find the Perfect Au Pair Host Family

  1. Great tips! I au paired in the UK back when you could get a six-month young person’s working visa. Such a great experience!

  2. Great tips! I can’t see myself doing this in the future, but I do hear about alot of people doing it. So it is great that you are getting good advice on how to do it right out there. Having a good host family is so important.

  3. I’ve considered becoming an au pair. but I’ve always been hesitant. Your post put me at ease! I’ll definitely start looking into it again. 🙂

  4. This is really helpful! But I’m on the opposite side of things – I’be the host family. If I ever leave Asia and move back to the US, this’d be a great option to get help looking after my kids & some housework :p

  5. When you stay like this then to get the right host family is very important. Thanks for your tips, they are really useful in helping one find the right one. You must have had such a great time with this wonderful host family

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