My once in a lifetime opportunity
We love love love hearing about our AU pairs positive experiences. Becoming an Au Pair can be a huge life change, but can also be incredibly rewarding at the same time. Here how Shannon's leap of faith became the most rewarding life choice she has made yet to date.
My experience as an Au Pair
Hello my lovelies my name is Shannon. I’m 23 years old currently living in Perth with a family with 2 boys, 5 months old and 2 years old.
I’ve been a live in au pair for a month now and I absolutely love it. Being an au pair has always been a dream job of mine. I was a Nursery Teacher for 3 years. As much as I loved being a Teacher I felt like I didn’t get enough appreciation and respect for the dedication and hard work I put in. For that reason it made me very unhappy. Last year I travelled around the world for 5 months. While I was travelling I thought I’d look into being an au pair this is when I came across Aussie Au Pairs. I filled in the application form and sent off my CV, I said to myself “what have I got to lose?” Within a week I heard back from them. They matched me up with a family straight away! From there the family and I were in contact every week. We facetimed, messaged, rang, just generally kept up to date with one another’s life’s. From doing that I felt secured and happy.
When it was the day of my arrival the family picked me up from the airport. How was I feeling? scared. Moving to the other side of the world with another family is nerve racking, you’re bound to feel like that. When we arrived at the house the host family made a little hamper with a bunch of flowers. They instantly made me feel welcomed.
Every day my routine is different. My host Mum is still on maternity leave at the minute. I’m so thankful that we have such a good connection while on and off shift. It’s great that I’m here to give her the help; it gives us both an opportunity to have one and one with each child. I help with the daily routines such as breakfast, lunch, dinner, sleep and bath time, going out trips etc. I do 30 hours a week and weekends off with the occasional babysitting.
With only being here for a month I’ve already learnt so much about myself and the job. Just because you’re living with a family you’re still entitled to go out and have fun. I’ve made friends with a lovely bunch of girls. We meet up every week for food, drinks and day trips but this would of never happened if I didn’t put myself out there.
I’ve met a few au pairs now and their biggest regret is not approaching groups to meet up with others so here are some tips:
- Join au pair meet ups on Facebook - you can simply say something along the lines “Hey girls, is there any other English au pairs out there?” Before you know it you’ve got a list of girls commenting
- Join your local Community Facebook group - it’s a great way to advertise yourself for extra Babysitting
- Download the app Bumble - no it’s not just a dating app. You can either make friends or go on dates. It’s worth a try
If you’re contemplating whether to be an au pair just think it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. It gives you a chance to not only work in a different country but to also experience new things. I’m so grateful that I live and work with such a lovely family. It’s such a rewarding feeling to be able to help and watch the children grow. The money might not be great but if you love your job that much the cost shouldn’t matter.
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