One night at one of our favorite Irish pubs in town, myself and some other au pairs in the city were talking about how there was not much information on the internet about au pair experiences. There are a lot of things you should know before signing up for the experience, but for a lot of us you go in blindly and hope for the best. Because of this, I will be featuring au pairs I know and asking them about their experiences as an au pair. Being able to see how all experiences are different will hopefully help one person looking into the experience! So here is a day in the life of an au pair.
My first au pair is Nicole. She is 23 and from Houston, Texas. Nicole has been living in Finland as an au pair for two months. She decided to become an au pair after graduating and getting a job in politics. She didn’t like it so decided to do something different, and so she became an au pair! Nicole au pairs for a family with two kids. The mom is an English teacher, so the kids and parents speak English.
What is your average day like?
I usually wake up around 6:30am to get ready and then I help get the kids ready for school/activities. After everyone is ready, I take them to school/activities. I do chores during the day: dishes, laundry, sweeping. Once a week I do a full clean of the house. After I get the kids from school/activities I take care of them until the mom gets home around 3/4pm. Sometimes I will have to make the kids food during the day or do extra hours if needed.
What is included in your contract?
- Nights and weekends are free time
- Extra pay for extra work time
- Finnish language classes
- Room- Lives in a room in the house
- Monthly pay
What is not included in your contract?
- Bus Pass 🙁
- Meals out with friends
What are your likes so far?
I really like that the country is so different than where I came from. It’s exciting and new. I really like the kids, when they are behaving 😉
Is there anything you don’t like?
There are a lot of times that my kids misbehave and I get bitten or hit a lot. It makes it stressful.
Is there anything you wish you did before making a decision?
I wish I would have talked to the families past au pairs before making a decision. I talked to some once I got here and the family gave me their contact information. Some of them had pretty bad experiences and I wish I would have known before.
Has anything happened that you didn’t expect?
I honestly was so surprised that I would make friends this easily! I also didn’t expect to have culture shock. When I first got here it was all a lot to take in and was hard at first.
Have you learned anything?
I learned what you really need to survive. You can only pack so much into two suitcases! I also will hopefully learn Finnish 🙂
Would you sign up to do it again?
Yes, 100 percent.
If you are interested in becoming an au pair, here is my article on how I became one.
Were you an au pair? What was your experience?
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