Traditions, celebrations, cultures and lifestyles are no doubt huge benefits of being an au pair.
If you’re an au pair in the USA, experiencing the American lifestyle and culture is one of the best aspects of being an au pair in the States.
One of the biggest celebrations for our fellow Americans is Thanksgiving. It’s a national holiday which consists of family gatherings, connecting with old friends, and eating lots of food!
Celebrating Thanksgiving in America is the biggest tradition you’ll experience and never forget. Be sure to embrace it even if it means spending the whole day working and looking after your host kids (and possibly other children).
You can still be thankful even if you’re not American. Au pairs gets to experience the chance of a lifetime and here are some things you can be thankful for:
- Host Family – The success to having a fantastic au pair year starts with your host family. I’ve seen many au pairs go into rematch because they couldn’t get along with their host family. However, the majority of au pairs (including myself) establish positive relationships with their host families and it encourages them to have the best year of their life.
- Traveling – Whenever I’m looking for the perfect vacation, the first people I ask are my former au pair friends. Why? Because they’ve been everywhere! Traveling is the most advantageous aspects of being an au pair. I’ve traveled to 12 different states when I was an au pair and it has opened my eyes to exploring other countries.
- Au Pair Friends – These are the people that get you through the toughest and roughest moments during your au pair year. We cry and complain to them about our problems and share our best memories with them. Every au pair has experienced the ups and downs of being an au pair and it’s the relationships we build with them that we are truly thankful for.
There are so many aspects of the au pair program that you can be thankful for this Thanksgiving. What are thankful for? Share your thoughts in the comments section.