Are you thinking of becoming an au pair? Do you love working with kids but want to do it in a different country? Do you want to travel and earn money at the same time? Then you should definitely become an au pair!
I made the decision to become an au pair in New Zealand after I graduated from university, I didn’t want to go straight into my masters, I wanted to travel and earn some money first. So, I took to the internet and googled au pairing abroad and came across the global work and travel company, I read through their website and through various other travellers stories and was instantly sold, I called them up and before I knew it I was applying for an au pair job in New Zealand! I am SO happy that I went with the global work and travel company, they were so helpful and kept me organised, focused and on track with getting my visa sorted and my au pair application finished. My travel coordinator is awesome, she helped me with everything and kept me calm when I was stressing about moving to the other side of the world!
Being an au pair is very rewarding but can also be hard work, so be sure you really do enjoy working with children before you jump into the world of being an au pair! I am so glad that I made the decision to become one, I have made so many new friends, become apart of another family and I get to travel the beauty of NZ! As an au pair you look after your host children, a typical day for me is getting the boys breakfast, dressed for school, bags packed, brushed teeth and out the door to school. I then have my free time until 3pm when they finish school, I then get them they’re afternoon snacks, play activities and games with them and help them with homework, I also cook dinner most evenings. I’m then usually finished by 6pm, this is when I either go to my room to chill out, meet up with my friends or chill with my host parents! I’m lucky enough to have my own car which means I can get out and about, my days off are Friday, Saturday and Sunday (how awesome!). On the weekends I’m usually doing things with my friends, sometimes we go off travelling and sometimes I hang out with my host family and we do family activities. It was very important for me to feel apart of the family, as I am living with them for a year, my host family are amazing and I couldn’t be happier.
So if you are umming and ahhing about becoming an au pair...GO FOR IT! It’s an amazing experience ☺️