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!!
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.
- 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.
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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