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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I’m turning into a mum

Ever since coming to England as an au pair, I’ve been doing things I never did when I still lived with my parents. I never baked stuff. I never enjoyed doing laundry or other household chores. Now, I do them…

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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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3 Reasons to be an Au Pair in a small town

Last August, I left my own rainy country for exotic England. And no, I didn’t move to London, Liverpool, Manchester or one of the other larger cities in England. I live in Aldershot, a smallish town that is about an…

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