Lucia is twenty-five years old and decided to move to England as an au pair after she was in a car accident that caused her to be bedridden for a couple of weeks. She decided that she wanted to experience new things and get out of her house for a bit.
What were your reasons to choose the UK as your destination for being an Au Pair?
I chose the UK because I wanted to improve my English. At first, I wanted to go to France, but in the end, I really loved the time I spent in England.
How did you find out whether Au Pairing was for you?
I love being with kids and believe that they can teach you just as much as you can teach them. I wanted to be a teacher in Spain, but it’s very hard to find a job there. I decided to become an au pair so that I could still be with kids and help them.
What are your plans for after this year?
I really want to be a teacher, so I’m going to try and find a job at a school in Spain.
What are the differences that you have come across between Spain and the UK?
The main difference is the weather. In England, the weather is very variable. It was absolutely freezing in winter, but it was really nice during the summer. The people in England are also really polite. They always say ‘sorry’ for the smallest things and ask how you are. Another difference is the food. In England, you have a really small lunch and a big dinner, but in Spain, it’s the other way around.
What are the things that you know now, but you would have liked to know before the Au Pair year?
From my experience, I have learned that if you come to England during the winter, you need a lot of warm clothes and that bringing a blanket and a robe is essential. It’s harder to look after small kids, but it’s also much more grateful work.
What do you think is the most important trait an Au Pair should have?
Patience. And you have to be a caring person who loves to be around kids.
What is the best thing about being an Au Pair?
Definitely meeting new people. You will never feel alone because there will be other Au Pairs who know how difficult it is to be away from home.
What are your tips for finding the right family?
I was really lucky with my family, they always treated me really well and the kids were awesome. I think that the most important thing is that you can talk to them before you come to live with them. See how the kids are and ask them what they like to do. Talk to the parents as well and ask them what they expect you to do (regarding household chores). When I just arrived in England, the relationship with my host family didn’t go that smoothly, but as time went by, the kids and the parents really treated me as another member of their family.
I have had a lot of different experiences and have met a lot of new people that helped me grow as a person. And I would recommend this to anyone who is even the slightest bit interested in children and other countries.
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