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!
I came here to Madrid with learning Spanish as my number 1 priority. It was why I decided to become an Au Pair first (rather than teach English) as I was told that this would be the best way to immerse myself in the language and culture.
I made a mistake.
Having felt homesick for quite a while, I was itching to get back to Inglaterra. I booked my flight way back in November, choosing to spend every single day off I had at home.
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…
I’m two months into my Iberian adventure, and I’m starting to feel somewhat homesick. The past 3 weeks have been hectic; I’ve changed families, started an intense Spanish course, and trebled my work load (more on that in another post). I am loving life in the city centre, but there are a few things I miss about the UK…