What to tell your host family if things aren’t working out

You’ve been with your host family for a few weeks, and it’s been a nightmare. The kids don’t listen to you; the parents aren’t really helping by telling them to behave, and on top of…

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Do Host Families Take Advantage of Au Pairs

Imagine: You’re a young girl (or boy), and you have just arrived at your host family’s house to fulfil your dream of living in a different country. You get up in the mornings, get the…

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7 Things Your Host Family Should Not Be Doing

There are a lot of au pairs in Aldershot, and sometimes it’s almost as if host families forget that we talk to each other about what they do. From all the stories I’ve heard, some of…

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14 Things Only Au Pairs Will Understand

There are some things that you can try to explain to someone else, but that only au pairs will actually understand. Because this lifestyle is great, but you can’t compare it to anything else. So…

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Being an Au Pair – What No One Tells You

Being an au pair is a weird job and a lot of people don’t know what it exactly entails. These are some things that no one actually tells you before becoming an au pair but that I…

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Day in the Life of an Au Pair

Every au pair has a different schedule. It all depends on how old your host kids are, whether or not they go to school, if you have a parttime job to make some extra money…

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How To Deal With Homesickness

“I felt a pang — a strange and inexplicable pang that I had never felt before.” – Alan Bradley Moving abroad is really scary. You’re alone in a new place where you don’t know anyone.…

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What is an Au Pair?

Since I’ve been more actively promoting this blog, a couple of people on Facebook asked me what an au pair is. And it never actually occurred to me that people might not know what this…

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Duties and Responsibilities of Au Pairs

Au pairs have certain duties and responsibilities, and they should all be written down in a contract between you and your host family. Your primary task will, of course, be to take care of the…

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7 Tips for Living with a Host Family

It can be really hard to live with a family that you’re not related to. Every family has their own way of doing things (and annoying little habits. You have to get used to those.…

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What challenges do new au pairs face?

I love being an au pair. Even in the beginning, when a lot of au pairs have some issues, I enjoyed every single minute. But, like any job, being au pairs does have its ups…

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