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Gretchen, an Au Pair in Denmark

by Gretchen on Mar 06, 2019
Becoming an Au Pair in Denmark - Gretchen's experience

I am Gretchen Baylon from the Philippines. Before starting this adventure, I didn't have any ideas what an Au Pair was. I just saw a bunch of Facebook photos from my high school classmate when she always travelling in Europe and I was amazed by that. I also dreamt of travelling around Europe. But I didn't message her about how she had been to Europe. So when months and years passed by, a colleague of mine texted me if I wanted to be an Au Pair. So I searched on the internet what an Au Pair is and I suddenly remembered my classmates pictures: that was how she got to Europe! So I grabbed the opportunity. The process of finding a Host Family was quite easy for me. We had some chats through Skype or messenger and also video calls.The first call was very nice, the Host Mum showed me their home. She explained my work tasks and she also asked me when I wanted to travel to Denmark. When I said I wanted to go in August and she said okay, we started processing the contract.

The process didn't take long, it was very easy and smooth. You just have to wait for your contract to be delivered to you and have your passport ready. At this point you are all set to have a biometrics and an interview at the embassy would follow. Yes, there's an interview in order for you to obtain a visa. My interview questions were all about the contract, myself, my family, what I knew about the Au Pair program as well the country I was going to live in. My advice for the interview would be: don't be nervous, be honest in your answers, go straight to the point. After the interview I just waited for just 2 weeks and after that I had my passport stamp with a Schengen visa.

On August 3rd I flew to Denmark. It took me almost 18hrs of flight from the Philippines. It's quite a long travel but it's worth it. I arrived in Denmark on August 4th. My Host Family picked me up at the airport with my host kids. Before heading back home, they showed me around Copenhagen. It was a nice journey because it's very different from where I have been. I only saw the castle just in movies and books but now I was able to experience it. As of now, I'm also studying Danish. I attended class 3 times a week. It was quite hard but if you have the will and determination, you will strive hard for it.

As for my Host Family, I don't have any problems with them.They treat me not just as an Au Pair, but as a real family member, which is why I'm very thankful for them. I don't feel any homesickness because they are there to support me and let me feel a part of their family. The Au Pair program is not just about travelling, it is also our obligation to do some household chores and, if you do well in your tasks, your Host Family would always be grateful for you. For my host kids, I talk to them in simple Danish, but they are still nice to me. If you’re having a hard time, you can use Google translate.

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Some Thoughts...
Mar, 29, 2019 - 12:03 pm
Hi Gretchen, while I'm reading your article. I was so amazed. Same as you I love to work and to try this kind of journey. I hope you can help me. Praying for this almost a years.
Mar, 30, 2019 - 11:03 pm
I wish someday I can share my experience as an AuPair too. Will try my very best to find my match. Thanks Gretchen! Ingat kababayan ????
Apr, 14, 2019 - 12:04 pm
Wow wish I where you and how long did it take you to find a host Family
Apr, 25, 2019 - 12:04 am
Hi ALJIE, I will my dear.. Gonna include you in my prayers????????..Just keep believing..With God everything is possible..Thanks for reading my article I hope it helps you for your future endeavors.????
May, 24, 2019 - 09:05 am
Gretch! So nice uyyy.
Jul, 13, 2019 - 03:07 am
Hi gretch i am very amazed of your story. I also wanted to work abroad i tried to apply as an Au Pair but my first try it was denied.
Aug, 12, 2019 - 04:08 pm
Hi Gretchen you came in Denmark having schengen visa. So your working visa was processed when you arrived there? Or just renew your sch3ngen visa. Hoping your reply. Fely
Sep, 19, 2019 - 02:09 pm
Hello, why some of you got denied? | Sep, 23, 2019 - 10:09 am
Hello Ruth,

Thank you for your message.

There are several reasons why candidates get denied. First, they have to apply for a visa in order to work as an Au Pair. In many counries there are strict regulations when it comes to age and language skills. If you do not meet those requirements, the embassy will reject your application. Please have a look at our articles about the
- age limit:
- and the language requirements:

If you have any further questions you can also send an e-mail to

Julia, team
Oct, 09, 2019 - 06:10 am
Hi ! Gretchen i am very amazed of your story. I also wanted to work abroad and now still finding my host family and ready to fly us Soon us possible.
Jan, 14, 2020 - 09:01 pm
Hallo am Kenyan I'd love to work in the UK as an Au Pair,are there any language requirements because evidently I can speak English? | Jan, 16, 2020 - 11:01 am
Hello Tabby,

Thank you for your message! If you speak English, you can of course become an Au Pair in the UK.

Your team
Nov, 27, 2020 - 01:11 pm
Hi Am Judith and I would like to become an Au pair in Denmark. Please help me
, | Nov, 30, 2020 - 11:11 am
Hello Judith,

Please find more information on the Au Pair program in Denmark here:
Jan, 08, 2021 - 04:01 pm
Hi Gretchen, I'm so so happy for you, your dream finally came true. I hope mine will do too that's why I'm keeping hope alive. Keep on enjoying your stay and helping out. All the very best.
Feb, 04, 2021 - 12:02 am
I know it's not easy to be an aupair, but i really really want to. hope someone can help me!
, | Feb, 08, 2021 - 09:02 am
Hello May,

Many thanks for your comment. Please have a look at our 7-steps-guide on how to become an Au Pair:

Here you will find all the necessary steps to find a Host Family!
Jul, 03, 2021 - 11:07 pm
From the looks of things finding a host family is tough especially if you are African. Wish I can find mine
Feb, 16, 2022 - 12:02 am
I know it's not easy to be an Aupair, but i really really want to. I hope someone can help me!
Nastassia, | Feb, 18, 2022 - 11:02 am
Hello Jennifer,

Many thanks for your comment. Please have a look at our 7-steps-guide on how to become an Au Pair:

Here you will find all the necessary steps to find a Host Family!
Jun, 15, 2022 - 08:06 pm
Good job...Godbless everyone
Nov, 05, 2022 - 02:11 pm
Hi am Diana,am so happy for you to me am a Kenyan and I would like to become an aupair in Europe please help me out I can speak English and a little bit Arabic and I also have experience coz I have work in Saudi Arabia
Nastassia, | Nov, 14, 2022 - 12:11 pm
Hi Diana! Thank you for your comment! You can register with our platform and look for a Host Family to become their future Au Pair. You can find more information here:
Nov, 05, 2022 - 08:11 pm
I want to become a nanny is there any one who can help in this
Nastassia, | Nov, 14, 2022 - 12:11 pm
Hi Ruth! Thank you for your comment! You can register with our platform and look for a Host Family to become their future Nanny. You can find more information here:
Nov, 08, 2022 - 03:11 am
Been longing this for a year now. Hope I can find my host family who will treat me as their new family member soon. In God's Will.
Nastassia, | Nov, 14, 2022 - 11:11 am
Hi Rachiel! Thank you for your comment. We wish you best of luck in the search of your potential Host Family!
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