A month and a half after I began my life as an Au Pair, I left my host family. By the new year two of my closest amigas did the same, and the Facebook Groups were rife with others following our footsteps. Here I write about my experience leaving and my advice for those of you wanting to do the same. Continue reading “Life as an Au Pair ~ When to Leave and How to Do so.”
Having spent one academic year as an au pair, there is a lot I wish I´d have known before I signed up for the job. Here is my list of questions you should ask yourself before deciding if it is right for you:
My 10 months as an Au Pair have ended, and although overall I’d say it was a positive experience, as with any job it did not come without its nuisances and disappointments. Here is my very honest review of those ups and downs, what I think when I look now at the aupairworld.com website that first drew me to au pairing in the first place, and my advice for those thinking of giving it a go themselves… Beware, it’s a long’n!
In 2014 I moved to Madrid to work as an Au Pair in Majadahonda, for free room and board, and 50 euros pocket-money a week. Having held a paid job since I was 16, I had no idea just how insecure not earning money would make me feel. Not being able to save and seeing my savings dwindle away every time I fancied exploring my new home, was a total bummer. So when the opportunity to double my weekly wage came my way, I pounced on it.
Then I trebled it.
And in the end, quintupled it.
Here are my nuggets of wisdom based on my experience as a native English speaker in Madrid…
My blog went on silent mode these past two months for a number of awkward reasons I’m still worried about writing about. But after some careful consideration I thought TO HELL WITH THAT and I’m going to write about the ordeal so that other Au Pairs can have something to read if they ever find themselves in the same posistion…