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Story of an Australian Au Pair in Italy

by Abbey on Mar 08, 2019
Story of an Australian Au Pair in Italy
My experience as an Au Pair didn’t get off to the best start. However, I decided that the bad experience wasn’t going to let my year living abroad and working as an Au Pair become a horror story. So, I turned the tables and spent a year living with a wonderful family in Milano, Italy. Although, this is how it all happened…

I originally left Australia to become an Au Pair for a family living in a small Tuscan village. From the moment they picked me up from the train station, I had a terrible feeling about the family and also about the location. Stupidly, I did absolutely no research about the town I was moving to, because I had this idea in my head of a perfect surprise. A perfect surprise was the case but in all the worst ways. I felt a deep sense of regret and questioned why I moved my life to the other side of the world. My work as an Au Pair in their family began at 12pm and finished at 9pm, all for a low 50 euros a week. The mother yelled at me over minuscule things e.g. if I hadn’t cooked the pasta exactly before the children came home. Now, I am certainly no master-chef, but I was hoping for the host mum to be patient and guide me during my first few weeks. Instead, she remained constantly angry and frustrated with every little thing I did “wrong”. I was barely able to eat any food in the house and I was only allowed one coffee a day because it was “too expensive”. This was not the fairy tale I had imagined. I lasted one week in Tuscany.

I began frantically searching for another available Host Family that would take me immediately. Here is where I found Sara, a single mum and her two kids living in Milano. I formed an instant connection with Sara and she quickly became a host-sister. I have done so many things with them during my year here: skiing in the mountains, relaxing at the beach in Sardinia, hiking in the Swiss mountains, Easter and birthday celebrations as well as weekly lunches at Nonni’s house.

I have become a member of their family and that has made my experience so great. My work with this family is very simple, after 4:30 Monday through Friday I am with the kids until after dinner. This means I am helping with homework, taking them to after school activities, watching movies and just hanging out with them. It’s awesome! I am just like a big sister to them. Once a week, I babysit for Sara during the night so that she can relax with her friends. I don’t just work either, I study Italian twice a week, go to the gym, hang out with friends and go on trips during the weekends. I have made friends from all over the world and with them I have had the most wonderful experiences and made unforgettable memories. My advice is to do your research and choose a family that resonates well with you.

After all, this experience is life changing. It gives you the opportunity to travel the world, earn a little money, become part of a family and make lifelong friendships.
Some Thoughts...
Ma.
Oct, 26, 2019 - 08:10 am
I wish I can be aupair someday, hopefully will find a host family. But your story is great, being an aupair is not easy, you need to be patience, you need to be positive and always pray!!
Grace
Nov, 15, 2019 - 07:11 pm
I wish I can be an aupair atlist to share my ideas and experience with others around the world and to learn more from different people
Atim
Nov, 25, 2019 - 07:11 pm
This was good experience thanks for being patient.
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