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
These days it’s fairly easy to au pair anywhere you want in the world without paying an agency to set it all up for you. But then again, when it comes down to your visa an au pair organization is in some cases necessary as they are the ones who sponsor your visa. The USA is such an example. Continue reading
Bringing your host family some gifts is a nice attention and great ice breaker. But what should you take with you? What do host families like?
Since I have been an au pair a couple of times now I have a fair idea of what to bring with you to a foreign country. Continue reading
Becoming an au pair is a challenge and packing your bags is one of them. Fitting your whole life in a suitcase just seems impossible. I have been an au pair twice, so I feel your struggle. Even though you probably want me to write you a packing list, I can’t, simply because you know best what you really, really need.
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
While working as an au pair interviewer and counselor it was my job to check my girls’ online applications. Yes there certainly were very, very good applications and yes, some girls definitely put more effort into it than others, but in general there is NO such thing as the ‘perfect application’! Read More