How to earn extra money as an au pair

Before I start talking about all the different ways you can earn extra money as an au pair, I want to make one thing clear: your priority should be with the host family and the kids. That’s your main job,…

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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 that, you’re missing home. After…

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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 kids ready for school and,…

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How to Help an Au Pair Friend Whose Host Family Sucks

This post first appeared on Au Pair, Oh Paris. I’ve been an au pair for a little over a year now. And that always surprises people since I’ve never been a big fan of children. And I’m still not one of…

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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 or what chores your host…

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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. 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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