Have you ever played with the thought of living in a foreign country for a while?
Have you ever been fed up with starting to learn English now and again?
Are you just about finishing your graduation and do not know where to go?
Have you had difficulties getting a proper job because you lack English knowledge?
Do you need a language exam to get your degree?
Here is a great idea for you!
The au pair experience is a cultural exchange program, which gives the au pair an opportunity to study a foreign language, learn about another culture. They help with childcare and light housework and in return, receive pocket money, full board and lodging and their own bedroom therefore should be treated as a member of the family. An au pair is not a trained nanny or a housekeeper and also not an employee.
To be a great au pair is all about your personality!
You do not need to have any special education or qualification but you must love children and enjoy working with them!
You have to provide the ‘I CAN DO” attitude, respect your host family’s household rules and live up to their expectations. Most duties can be learned, but your approach is what really matters.
Although agencies and families almost always state that they prefer au pair candidates to have had some practical experience of looking after children, most are prepared to consider anyone with a genuine liking for children, a positive attitude towards domesticity.
Most families want someone who is friendly and will fit in with the family. The ideal person who is happy to help where needed and who performs tasks without being asked more than once. If you are willing to work hard and be flexible, and have fun at the same time you will have a fantastic au pair experience!
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