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. Now, I never got homesick…

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How do you live 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. So, here are eight tips…

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Gift Ideas for Your New Host Family

Last year around this time, I was already getting stuff together for my Au Pair year (even though I didn’t actually move to England until the end of August). Part of that was finding suitable gifts for my host family.…

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What To Ask Potential Families In An Interview

The dreaded Skype-call. Every au pair has to do it. And I can still remember how nervous I was for all of them. I’m already awkward enough on the phone with people I know. How was I going to sell…

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English Habits I’ve Picked Up Over the Past Year

I never really thought English culture was that different from the Netherlands. But, after a year in England, I have noticed a couple of different ones, and I have also picked up a couple of habits that are definitely not…

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One year as an Au Pair: How I Have Changed

Today is the last day of my first year as an au pair. It’s been a crazy, wonderful ride and I can’t believe it’s already over. I’m also very glad that I made the decision to stay for another year…

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Advice for First-Time Au Pairs

I have officially survived my first year as an au pair. And while I didn’t really have any problems with homesickness or adjusting to a new country and didn’t have a crazy host family, I have learned some things that…

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What and how to pack for a year abroad

So, you have decided to go abroad for a year. It doesn’t matter whether you are going to go to school, travel or live with a family (like I am). You have to pack everything you might need in a…

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Being an au pair during the summer

It is now officially summer, and if you don’t have any plans yet, you could consider being an au pair during your holidays. It is a great way to get away from your own family for a bit and go…

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On making friends as an au pair and leaving them

When you first become an au pair, you get to start over. You only take a couple of the things you own and leave your friends and family behind. You’re going on an adventure and on your way, you will…

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How to make your au pair profile really stand out

In my home country, the Netherlands, final exams are over, and everyone done with school is looking at three months of doing nothing before the rest of their lives begin.  Many of them will be going on to uni next year…

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