Interview with Sarah // Au Pair Experiences

How did you find out whether Au Pairing was for you?

Before becoming an au pair for the first time, I was looking for a relatively safe way to spend some time in the UK to get my English certification. I found out about au pairing from a friend on Facebook who was doing the same, and I thought that since I’ve always loved being around kids, it could have been the right experience for me.

What are your plans after the year?

Well, this time my time as an au pair ended quite abruptly, but my plan now is to look for a job in London, and live there

What are the differences that you have come across between your own country and the UK?

One thing that always catches my eye every time I come back home from the UK, is that in Italy (Sardinia in particular) everything from cutlery to the streets is so much smaller!  Also, I feel like London gives me more freedom. I live with my family in Italy so that is a bit limiting, butit’s more a state of mind. I feel that I can do so much more in London, both in terms of life fulfillment and entertainment.

What are the things that you know now, but you would have liked to know before the Au Pair year?

What to you is a reasonable time to come back home after a night out might not be so for a family with kids. Really, a piece of advice that I would give to all au pairs is to ask every possible host family if they have a curfew, even though your intention is not to go partying every Saturday night.

What do you think is the most important trait an Au Pair should have

PATIENCE. It depends on the age, but kids can be quite stubborn. And sometimes they can be a nightmare. If you’re not patient then that will become a problem.

What is the best thing about being an Au Pair?

The bond that is formed between you and your host kids. Absolutely.

What are your tips for finding the right family?

Decide before looking what you want to do or not. Don’t want to do cleaning around the house? Don’t want to take care of toddlers, or four kids at the same time? Usually, au pairing websites have filters for that. Use them. Ask loads of questions, even if you think they’re silly. And last but not least… trust your instincts. A family can seem amazing on their profile, but if you’re really nervous when talking to them on Skype and your nerves don’t improve after talking to them for a while? Don’t go with them.

What did you absolutely hate about being an au pair?

Those little and big moments that remind you that, even though your host family is super friendly and you feel at home with them, you’re still their employee. They’re probably inevitable, and you need to just let them go and not take them too personally.

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7 Comments

  1. 11 January 2019 / 5:18 pm

    This is really informative especially those who are new living abroad in UK. Thank you for sharing.

  2. 11 January 2019 / 12:48 am

    I can imagine it’s easy to forget you’re an employee especially when you’re living with a family and with them every day. I didn’t even think that there was the possibility of a curfew but I can see why there would be one. Thanks for sharing this

  3. Ana
    10 January 2019 / 11:13 pm

    Glad to meet Sarah and reading about her experience as an Au Pair. I totally agree that one should ask every possible questions from the host family before making any decision.

  4. 10 January 2019 / 5:09 pm

    I forget that au pairs should be considerate with the hours they come back home as well. I know I wouldn’t want someone coming home really late. I would worry they wouldn’t lock the door or something.

  5. 9 January 2019 / 5:47 pm

    It was wonderful reading about Sarah’s au pair experience. It is a great way to experience a new culture and work.

  6. alwaysusebutter
    9 January 2019 / 4:21 pm

    Great interview! Being an aupair is such a great way to go live in another country for a while, while being safe at the same time.

  7. 9 January 2019 / 1:50 am

    How interesting – and I had no idea that there was au pair filter searches, etc.,! A whole other profession that I don’t know much about – thanks for writing this informative interview with Sarah!

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