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Karli's Au Pair experience in Germany

by Karli on Feb 21, 2019
Experience of an Au Pair in Germany
At the end of my senior year of college, all of my friends were submitting applications for graduate schools and office jobs. I decided to go a less conventional route and become an Au Pair and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Being young and naive, I had no idea what questions I should ask my future Host Family and I only had a single Skype conversation with my Host Parents before I booked my flight and moved to Germany! Fortunately, I got very lucky and had the most amazing family I could have dreamed of. As an Au Pair a whole new world was open to me and I made so many beautiful memories that I will cherish my whole life.

From celebrating Germany’s victory in the world cup, to riding a motorcycle for the first time with my host grandpa - everyday as an Au Pair brought a new adventure. I came to know and love my host parents’ friends and, when I would drop my host sister off at kindergarten, I would greet all her classmates by name. I rarely felt homesick during my year in Germany because I was thrown into such a loving family and community. There is also a tight knit community of Au Pairs in Cologne and I made friends with Au Pairs from at least a dozen different countries! Though the Au Pair salary is admittedly meager, I was still able to save enough money to travel to Sweden, Denmark, and Morocco on my own and I also travelled with my Host Family to Munich, Leipzig, and a small skiing village in Austria.

My year as an Au Pair instilled in me a desire to continue traveling, learning new languages, and leading an extraordinary life full of adventure. Since completing my Au Pair year, I have lived and worked in China and backpacked through nine other countries. My life long adventure continues today as I apply to work in Ukraine with the Peace Corps. All of these journeys were inspired by incurable Wanderlust that I developed as an Au Pair in Germany.

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Some Thoughts...
May, 26, 2022 - 05:05 pm
May God continue to bless you and open your ways to your great adventure because you a great person in the society am dedan from Kenya.
Aug, 24, 2022 - 11:08 pm
great experience And a beautiful family We dream of having a host family and are fortunate enough to communicate with my host family Greetings to you⚘?
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