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    5 Ways to stay safe as an au pair

    Get to know your family It’s easy for things to get a little overwhelming when you’re living with a host family. Whether or not you make friends with your host parents depends on various factors such as personality, age, stress levels of everyone involved and time spent together. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t. But whether you’re a live-in or live-out au pair, the family can be a great support system if you get on well....(click title or photo to see more) By Olivia Brett (Editor)

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    Should I live in the suburbs?

    Found your dream family but they live in the suburbs of Paris? Want to know what other au pairs think about suburban life? Read this article by AJ, entitled "On the Outside Looking in: Living in the Suburbs". She is an american au pair who gives an honest opinion of life in the suburbs of Paris. Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the post!

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    10 tips: Leaving your host family & Paris

    So, the time has come to leave your host family, and it often comes with A LOT of mixed feelings. Let's set the scene; you've been working with the family for almost one year, you feel sad to leave the children, but guiltily happy to leave behind some of that stressful responsibility (just being honest). You have suddenly realised you need to move your whole life out of the 13m² box you call home and can't work out how you...(click title or photo to see more) By Olivia Brett (Editor)

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    Advice from former au pairs!

    Hello again! Summer is change-over time for au pairs and we have lots of practical advice and top tips to help you start work/leave Paris/choose a family/find friends/know if you're paid enough etc. I'm looking at ways to update the site in August to make our advice pages more easily accessible, so in the meantime I would love to hear from you about any suggestions, comments or contributions to the site you may have!...(Click title or photo to see more) Olivia (Editor)

  • Ways to find friends – Social Media

    1. Groups for au pairs : There are endless groups on Facebook dedicated to au pairs! It's easy to join a few, go to the events advertised on there and meet other au pairs. Don't be scared to post on the groups yourself, asking if anyone wants to meet up for coffee or to explore! Most groups for each city will stay the same each year and simply change their name. Sometimes you will be contacted by strange people (...often guys) who look at the au pair groups as a way to meet nice foreign women. Be wary! Some au pairs…

  • Looking for an au pair or nanny job?

    - Where to start - Job hunting can be really difficult when you don't know where to start! For detailed information about applying for an au pair position, have a look at this article: Au Pairing – How to Start your Journey. Below is a quick list of websites to help you to begin your search. Rather than recommend one particular agency, I have noted down websites that I know of to help you find the right match. If you are looking for a position with accommodation (living with the family or in a small independent studio/room), with food and other…

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    The 5 biggest problems & solutions for new au pairs in France

    Hello again! I recently wrote an article for the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry on the five biggest problems an au pair faces upon arrival in France. While the article focuses on British au pairs, the principles apply to au pairs of all nationalities and is so definitely worth reading. In the article, I made sure to suggest ways that each host family can help their au pair to overcome these difficulties. Advice for host families is not often included on au pair blogs, and I think it is extremely important, so please do not hesitate to share it with…

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    Help, I don’t speak French! : Au pair advice

    - Don’t get lost in translation - So you’ve found the right host family, you’ve bought your ticket and packed your bags, but wait...something’s missing...you don’t know the language of the country you’re moving to. Not speaking the language of your new home may seem like the biggest obstacle to living out your post-grad dreams in a great foreign city, and in many ways it will be. But, the language barrier shouldn’t stop you from travelling abroad, and there are many ways to make your new situation work for you. I moved to Paris five months ago and the only French…

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    Live In or Out?

    Here’s the big question – do you want to live with the family? While traditionally au pairs have their own room in the family’s house, there are many families in Paris who rent out small rooms or apartments for their au pair rather than having them live in the same apartment. These rooms can be “chambres de bonne” (old servants quartiers which have a shower and small hob in the same room as the bed), or slightly bigger apartments. The bigger apartments are more recommended, but harder to come by. If you need help deciding, you can always ask for live…

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    Writers Wanted!

    Au pair bloggers needed Things are a little slow here at Ultimate Au Pair: the christmas holidays have just been and our writers travelled back home (forgetting about au pairing, kids and tantrums). So, it's about time to get things up and running again! To celebrate the new year, Ultimate Au Pair would like to find some enthusiastic new writers to join our au pair blogging team. You can choose whether you would like to do a one-off au pair profile or write... By Olivia Brett (Editor)