• Reflection

    I have now been here in Paris for just over a month, after what seems like far more. Congratulations to me!! At this 'milestone' I look back on how my time has been so far. The first month can be described in three words, scary, hard and wonderful. This has most definitely been the scariest thing I have ever done,…

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    Hours and Pay – Practical Advice

    Each family is different and so there will be a lot of variation in days/times, but au pair working hours should be between 25 and 35 hours per week. Some au pairs work in the mornings, helping the kids get ready etc., whilst others start by picking the children up from school in the afternoon. Others may be required to…

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    First Week Almost Finished

    By Rose Dermott I have nearly survived my 'au pair first week' in Paris without getting really lost, missing the last train home or losing my children! I mean, of course the girls I am looking after do have tantrums, they are only five and seven years old! But I am getting better at stopping them from attacking each other.…

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    Homesickness

    By Rachel Haynes Home (Ireland) for me isn't the best place in the world, and I have never been one to miss it that much. Yes of course I miss my family and my friends at home but the area in general isn't one I tend to miss. I left home when I was 18 to go to uni in…

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    How I Changed Families…

    By Sandra Mera Kuzmanović Have you ever wondered if you chose the right family? I did. Three different times. I chose the first family that offered to hire me. I was about to move countries, ticket in hand, when they cancelled our agreement. But I told myself that I wasn’t going to let this stop me from moving to France.…

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    Mum’s the Word

    By Rachel Haynes I recently saw a meme on Facebook that stated 'your mum isn't a mum if she doesn't say she does everything around here' - for the life of me I cannot find it again, but it was something along those lines. Anyway, normally I would like these kinds of things, laugh and think yeah that's so true,…

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    My First Week as an Au Pair

    by Michelle Von Lind Getting to France was so exciting, I didn’t know what to expect but also didn’t want to over think it all before I was able to meet my family. To my surprise I was met at the airport by their oldest son S. aged...

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    Why Au Pair?

    by Holly Hadley Why au pair? Well, I became an au pair through a site called au pair world and, if I hadn’t found this site, I might never have become one. It all happened because choosing a major at university was too much for me, and after over...

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    Questions for Au Pairs to ask Host Families

    by Holly Hadley "Why are questions important?" I agreed to au pair for a family that paid me too little, did not live up to their promises, and omitted to tell me the truth about their circumstances. They were actually quite kind at times...