A Day in the Life of an Au Pair: Jolie

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A Day in the Life of an Au Pair

This week I get to focus on a super cool and sweet au pair here in Finland. Jolie is 17 years old (almost 18!) and is from Germany. This girl can rock green hair like no one I’ve seen before! Jolie is an au pair for a family of eight kids. Yes, you read that right- EIGHT kids. Jolie’s family is also vegan and the parents are from the UK, so they have a different dynamic that I think will be interesting to share! Here is some information about her daily life as an au pair:

What is your typical day like as an au pair?

I start at 10am and usually end at 4:30pm. I will start my day by giving the baby twins porridge and then mostly just taking care of them during the day. I will usually do housework during the day when I can. At noon I take the three year old twins to daycare. For lunch I will make something for all of the children, usually something like sandwiches. The older kids come and go as they need to since they have school and then different activities.

What is included in your contract?

  • Flight
  • Bus card
  • Language classes
  • Food
  • Own room (in house)
  • Extra pay for extra hours

Jolie’s host family also hosts two refugees that live in the lower level with her. She shares a bathroom with them, but they work a lot so she says they don’t really have much contact.

What do you like so far about being an au pair?

I like the family a lot. I also like the country because it is so different than Germany. I am glad I did not pick an English speaking country. My hours are clear and I like that. The family also gave me the numbers of previous au pairs so I could contact them and I really liked that.

Is there anything you don’t like about being an au pair?

Sometimes it’s hard to deal with kids when they don’t listen. (TRUE)

Have you learned anything about being an au pair?

I will hopefully learn Finnish while here. I’ve learned a lot about working with children and also how to make new friends in a different country.

Is there anything that surprised you?

It surprised me how easy it was to feel at home with people you don’t know 🙂


Do you have any questions about being an au pair? Let me know!

Also, if you missed my first post about Nicole you can find it here.

XX Chynna


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