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Au Pair Pros and Cons: Why should I become an Au Pair?


Would you like to spend some time abroad, but you are not sure if the Au Pair experience is the right choice for you? Let us help you find the answer.
 
Au Pair is a cultural exchange that helps you discover another culture while living with a Host Family. As an Au Pair you will get a room, regular meals and some amount of pocket money in exchange for childcare help and some light housework. 
 
Below we are listing some pros and cons of the Au Pair experience, so you can decide if it is suitable for you.  

Au Pair experience Pros

  • The cheapest way to live abroad for even a year
  • Being part of a local family
  • Improve language skills
  • Find international friends abroad
  • Learn more about another culture
  • Share your culture with others
  • Become mature and independent
  • Support kids in being raised and educated
  • Enhance your CV with international experience

Au Pair experience Cons

  • Au Pairs need to adapt to another family’s lifestyle
  • Specific requirements, especially experience in child care. At times dealing with children can be difficult.
  • Family and kids are the most important - then come international friends, parties, traveling and other benefits of the program. In any case, family’s plans are always priority. 
  • Living with your “employer” - when you live and work in the same place at times it’s hard to split working time from free time. 


Nevertheless, Au Pair program is a way to live a unique experience abroad on a budget. Below is a short checklist if Au Pair is the right experience for you.
  • You like working and spending time with kids
  • You are interested to stay abroad for a long time
  • You would like to discover a new culture and show tolerance towards cultural differences 
  • You are okay with living abroad away from home for some time
  • You are ready to do some light housework
  • You are willing to adjust to the needs and rules of the family
If you are sure that Au Pair Program is the right choice for you and you are meeting the program requirements, start looking for a Host Family.
 

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