Milking Donkeys


After all my au pair adventures I just knew that it was time for another experience. I wanted to work with my hands and I wanted to be exhausted at the end of the day. My friend introduced me to a website called and I decided to register. It is based on the idea of exchanging a few hours per day of your help in return for both food and accommodation. After a long search I finally made a decision and got in touch with a host in the south west of France. Their advert sounded really nice and ideal as the job description included milking donkeys and making soap. I was lucky as they weren’t booked out and so I made my way to France. Continue reading


“The American Dream?” von Lisa (USA 2009)

Dies ist eine wahre Geschichte. Aus Gründen der Privatsphäre wurden alle Namen geändert.

Mit gepackten Koffern und Visum in der Hand stand ich frühmorgens im Juli 2009 am Flughafen in Wien, um in das Abenteuer ‘Au Pair in den USA’ zu starten. Freunde und Familie wurden gedrückt und geküsst, Abschiedsworte gemurmelt und Tränen weggewischt. Den Blick nach vorne gerichtet stieg ich ins Flugzeug. Zum ersten Mal in meinem Leben würde ich auf mich allein gestellt sein. Alles neu, alle Türen offen, alle Wege beschreitbar.

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“The American Dream?” by Lisa (USA 2009)

This is a true story. For privacy reasons all names have been changed.

Early morning in July 2009 I set off to the Vienna airport. My bags were packed and my visa was in my pocket. Friends and family were hugged and kissed, parting words mumbled and tears wiped away. Facing forward I stepped on the airplane. For the first time in my life I was on my own. All new, all doors open, all paths possible to be explored.

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