• Au Pair Pros and Cons
    Au Pair

    12 Au Pair Pros and Cons

    If you are thinking of traveling for a year abroad as an Au Pair, you definitely want to consider the pros and cons of #AuPairLife. It’s not as glamorous as some make it seem. You will probably be changing smelly diapers or cleaning snot from a child’s face most of the time. Before I started my adventure as an Au Pair I gave some consideration as to what the job actually entails. But there were many things that I didn’t really think of until actually being here. After having spent the last 7 months with a wonderful host family, I have to tell you that not everything turns out *exactly* how…

  • What Exactly is an AU Pair
    Au Pair

    What Exactly is an Au Pair?

    You might have heard of the term Au Pair being used in comparison to a “nanny”. In reality, the role of an Au Pair is much more complex than that of a child caretaker. An Au Pair is defined as a young person (between the ages of 18-30), who goes abroad to live with a local family and learn (or perfect) a language, in exchange for childcare and light housework. The title comes from the French term au pair, meaning “at par” or “equal to”, indicating that the relationship is intended to be one of equals. The au pair is intended to become a member of the family, although a temporary…

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    Au Pair: 15 Questions for Host Family

    So you’ve made the decision to become an Au Pair – that’s great! Surely you understand what an Au Pair does, you have weighed the pros and cons, reviewed the technical requirements to become one, registered yourself on an Au Pair platform (AuPairWorld.com) and now are looking for your ideal host family… When selecting your host family, there are many things to take into consideration. I’ve prepared a list of 15 questions (and related sub-questions) to ask your potential host family that will help you during the interview process and ultimately lead you to find your ideal family.