Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend 🙂
This weeks au pair is Julie from France! She is a chemistry student who is taking a year off from school to be an au pair and also do research. Before she came here she was in Iceland and then after au pairing she will head to South America to study coconuts. So cool right?! She au pairs for a family in Finland with four boys. Here is her experience:
What is your daily life like?
I usually wake up at 7am to help the youngest get ready, bring him clothes and make sure he brushes his hair and teeth. I then have to make sure all the boys make it to the taxi on time to get to school. I then have free time during the day when the boys are at school.
During my free time I will clean, do the laundry, and dishes. I will also prepare hot meal for when the boys get home. After all that, I can do whatever I want.
When the first boy comes home, usually the youngest, I will help him with his homework if it is English or math. After that we usually play outside or do an activity inside, like make decorations for Halloween.
The parents usually get home around 5pm, so I am done for the day. I will usually still play with the kids though since there is always something going on.
At 6pm is night snack and then the boys go to bed at 7:30pm.
On Saturdays it is a special day, candy day, where we can watch movies and eat candy!
What is included in your contract?
- Monthly pay
- Can use the car (if not needed by parents)
- Own room
- Weekends free
- Language course twice a week
What do you like about being an au pair?
Helping the family, playing with the kids, and becoming apart of a family. Also, learning about a new culture.
What do you dislike about being an au pair?
I would prefer to go places more during the weekend with the family to explore the country. Sometimes the kids act like they are the kings and I have to do whatever they want. They don’t know the limits sometimes.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to be an au pair?
I think Au Pair World was a good website to use to find a family. Also, don’t hesitate to ask the family any questions you have.
Thank you Julie for sharing your experience!
If you missed last weeks post, you can find it here
Are you an au pair or want to be an au pair and have questions? Let me know!
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