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    Alice’s au pair diary – week 16

    I wouldn't exactly call myself a tennis expert but the 4 hours of straight up Rollabd Garros viewing I did today might suggest otherwise! Being an au pair to 2 tennis mad rascals has meant I have well and truly been served a generous helping of this sport over the past 9 months of working here. With the French Open…

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    Alice’s au pair diary – week 15

    This week kickstarted itself with a glorious bank holiday (or otherwise known as a 'jour férié' by the stripey t-shirt, baguette wielding French!) and so, encompassing the mood of such a day - we chilled! The sun reared it's head most pleasantly and we arose hungry to scoff some hearty grub! A favourite of mine will always be Cafe Nuage…

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    Alice’s au pair diary – week 14

    Monday: Whilst Monday always arrives in the most resented of fashions, I'm always pleasantly surprised by how painlessly she passes. Today was no exception. For no real occasion other than that a friend had stopped over for dinner, we were treated to a three course French extravaganza of a feast! We gorged upon luxurious fineries which made both my stomach…

  • 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…

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    Alice’s au pair diary – week 13

    My working week commenced by what some might refer to as an endurance test. Between Monday morning and Wednesday midday I had crammed in 27 and a half hours of work. I fool you not! A room rejuvenation meant that my presence was required in the apartment in case the painters ran into any issues. Whilst I longed for a…

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    Alice’s au pair diary – week 12

    After what can only be described as a fabulous week of holidaying in Madrid, reality (of course) has to reappear and make its presence well and truly known. This came in the format of an eight o’clock start today; not a wholly unreasonable start time I will give you that unless you were up until three AM the night previous…

  • Learning the Hard Way: So Many Red Flags

    Honestly, I knew that this work arrangement was problematic from the start. Red flags came up before I even formally accepted the position. As time passed, they kept on coming. I saw them, I ignored them, I made excuses, and then, after too much time had passed, I found it hard to admit to myself I had allowed the situation…

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    Alice’s au pair dairy – week 11

    A chilled out Tuesday began with a hearty French breakfast feast whilst lazing around in pyjamas. I feel that regardless of if you’re living the ‘Parisian dream’ for a year, everybody is entitled to a few slob days: and today was just that! A friend and I lay around listening to music, nattering away and stuffing our face with baguette…

  • 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…

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    Alice’s au pair diary – week 10

    And the award for the experience with the most rapidly fluctuating ups and downs goes to … au pairing! I was feeling as though I was on cloud nine this week just passed; the sun shone down, I had my best friend from home by my side and a cold ice cream milkshake in my hand – nothing could have…