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Becoming an au pair is a life-changing experience. You’re going on an adventure in a different country where you’re immersed into a unique lifestyle. The last thing you want is to feel isolated or homesick.
Having a problem in a country that’s completely different to yours is a major one! I remember when my host family promised a car but when I showed up, there was no car for me. I was worried because I didn’t know how to get around town. I felt like I didn’t have any time to myself. When I finally plucked up the courage to talk to my host parents (after 4 months!), we agreed that they would drive me to my place of destination whenever possible. I was surprised at how easily my problem became resolved within a matter of minutes by communicating with my host parents! It was so easy!
Au Pairs Chronicles Facebook page receives many posts and questions about au pairs who have problems with their host family and it’s heartbreaking to read some of them. Did you know that there are other websites that can help you too?!
There are plenty of au pair related Facebook pages online. In fact, when I was an au pair from 2014-2015, the first placed I looked to find au pair friends was Facebook! This was so I wouldn’t feel lonely in the suburban area of New Jersey because being an au pair is really exciting but also, nerve-wracking and it’s hard to make friends in a new country.
One very useful website is Express Yourself Aupair . This is a communicative website which offers au pairs advice and coaching. They coach you through the re-match process and even help you to prepare for interviews! Plus, many of the team members are also ex or former au pairs who have been through similar situations so don’t feel shy to reach out!
Facebook pages like ours are also a good way to speak about your au pair related problems. Many au pairs don’t know where to go to or who to ask for support. Your host parents and the agency can help you to a certain extent, and the rest is up to you!
Au Pair Support Network is a helpful Facebook page to express your concerns. You can ask questions on the page and it allows other current or former au pairs to answer and give you helpful advice.
Websites like these are extremely powerful because other au pairs have been in your situation and as a former au pair, I know what it’s like to have a problem and feel completely helpless.
Don’t forget to communicate your problems with your host parents, agency or local childcare consultant as well as they can assist you in solving your problems too.
I want to remind au pairs that you are not alone. No matter how difficult your problems may be, most of us have been there which is why Au Pairs Chronicles is a great community for all au pairs!
Whatever the problem, we hope to help you find the right solution.
I am an ambitious and dedicated writer. I have completed my BA in English Literature and Education Studies. Upon completing my degree, I traveled to New Jersey where I was an Au Pair to two young boys. Currently, I reside in England and work for Cultural Care Au Pair as an Interview Team Leader whilst inspiring au pairs to experience a life-changing journey!