National Sales Manager Nicole shares her top tips on au-pairing in Europe or the United States.
Whether you have just finished high school, university, or you want to take a mid-career break, taking an au pair job overseas or teaching English for your gap year is a fantastic opportunity to learn through new experiences, leave your comfort zone, and get out of your ordinary routine.
I’m the biggest advocate for living abroad at least once in your life and completely allowing yourself to become immersed in another country’s culture.
Right after high school, I had the opportunity to do just that, and I would love to share my experience and top tips with you.
I was lucky enough to be placed with a wonderful family with 3 gorgeous children in San Francisco, California. I always saw myself as the big adventurer but the first month away from home was tough. Luckily, I had the best host family with a genuine and caring host mother who took her time to make sure I settled in nicely. After the initial homesickness, I started embracing my life in San Francisco so much that I stayed for 2 years instead of the initial 1. To date, it was one of the best experiences of my life and changed the way I saw the world and more importantly, myself. It changed my goals and perspective, and I will recommend it to anyone, at any stage of their life.
If you are considering doing an au pair job in the USA or Europe or teaching English in Thailand here are some of my Top Tips that might help you along the way:
Be open-minded and don’t waste a second of your time abroad. A gap year will give you time to travel, learn valuable life skills, meet people from all over the world and provide the experience of a lifetime. When in doubt just do it.
If you’re interested in pursuing opportunities to enjoy a gap year – whether it’s teaching English, seasonal work like Summer Camps or ski programmes, or au-pairing, chat to us or simply fill out our online form – we can assist in arranging your perfect gap year adventure.
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