Saying goodbye to your host kids

You know for months it is coming, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Every au pair knows it and has to go through it – at some point, you have to say goodbye to…

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Figuring things out

When I decided to be an au pair for another year (with a different family), people started to tell me that I had to be careful to not get “stuck” in this job. Because it’s…

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How to adapt to a new country

Moving to a new country and learning to adapt to life in a new culture can be a massive step out of your comfort zone and one that comes with both highs and lows. The…

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How living abroad changes you

Moving to England is one of the best things I have ever done. At the time, I was almost done with school and I had no real purpose or direction. No idea what I wanted…

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Things I learned from being an au pair

1. Everyone thinks their country is the best in the world From talking to other au pairs, I’ve learned that while they enjoy being in England, they still think their own countries are the best.…

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Things to remember when changing host families

It’s that time of year where a lot of new au pairs are starting their job. And others are changing their host families. Because sometimes, things just don’t work out – and you’re not quite…

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Requirements for Au Pairs

Almost everyone can become an au pair. Some countries or au pair agencies have certain requirements that you have to fulfil, and there’s no way around those. Before you start looking for a host family,…

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Saving money as an au pair

When it comes to saving money, I go through periods where I save all my money followed by periods where I buy way too much stuff that I don’t need (mostly books). Here are some…

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How To Make Yourself Feel At Home

It can be scary to go to a foreign country and leave behind your family, friends, pets and all earthly possessions. You have to start all over, and while I just thought it was very…

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When You Start to Forget your Native Language

It might sound weird, but after spending a year and a half in England, I find it easier to speak English than Dutch. Sometimes, when I’m talking to friends and family back home, I start…

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Holiday Gift Guide for your Host Family

It’s November which means that everyone in England is getting ready for Christmas. And Christmas means presents. Now, as an au pair, you’re not obligated to buy your host family anything. I like to, though, just…

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