How to deal with Homesickness

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From experience I know that homesickness is just awful. I remember all these tearful Skype sessions with my mom and I also remember how it was being back in the United States for my extension year after a two week vacation back home in Austria. I remember waking up in New York and the minute I opened my eyes I started crying. I didn’t wanna be in New York, I wanted to be back home. Realizing that I signed up for another 9 months certainly didn’t help in that moment. Continue reading

How to find the right Host Family

Finding the “right host family” seems to be one of the biggest au pair dilemmas. Several of my applicants contacted me in panic: “Julia I don’t know what to do. There is a family I like, but I don’t know if I should match with them or not. I am scared to make a wrong decision here. Can you please tell me what to do?”

It made me realize that this is a highly requested topic in the pre-au pair community. Continue reading

Au pairing on Social Media – #happycultureaupair

I want to ask you a question: What do you see, when you look at pictures and videos of current au pairs?
I see a lot of travel pictures, pictures of delicious looking food and cute little selfies of happy people. Most of these posts look just awesome. The au pairs get to travel, eat all this delicious food and they look happy as can be, am I right? A few pictures even have very ‘deep and thoughtful’ quotes added. These posts can make one really jealous and frustrated. I am sure we all once had this ‘I want that too’­ moment. Read More

How to improve your Au pair skills

In a later post I already described 13 important au pair in America topics. (See “Should I become an au pair in the USA?”) Each topic can also be seen as a very useful au pair skill. Some of you maybe really wanna become an au pair, but are just not there yet. Some of you might wonder how to improve their pre­existing expertise. Here are my personal tips on how to improve your practical competencies. Read More

“Should I become an Au pair?” – QUIZ by Julia Zucker

DSC01373If you are wondering whether you should or should not become an au pair (in the USA), the following quiz might help you to make a decision. Down below I wrote about 13 important au pair topics. Each topic ends with a question. You should either answer with YES or NO. Get a piece of paper and write down your answers. At the end of the quiz you’ll find out whether you should pack your bags or stay home. Read More