Being an Au Pair
is a great opportunity to make friends from all over the world. It is nice to have someone to discover the area you live in and relax with a friend in your free time, but how do you meet people?
Attending a language course
is a great opportunity to improve your skills and also to meet interesting people from all over the world, who might also be Au Pairs.
Many of them might also be new to the country and would like to make friends too. Go out for a coffee or share a dinner with your classmates and start building new friendships.
Language exchange / Tandem
There are many locals willing to practice a new language and a great way to do it is with a Tandem partner. This language exchange allows two people to talk to each other in the language they are learning. This way both of you can improve your language skills. Finding a Tandem Partner is easy through different social media websites such as Meet Up
Social media makes it possible for you to meet people through different pages and groups. There are many different Au Pair groups for each country (or even cities), where you can find people going through the same experience and willing to make friends. We also recommend looking for groups of people who share your interests and live in your area.
If you have a hobby or practice sports you can join a club to meet new people. You will also meet many locals who can help you discover your new home in a different way. You can normally find clubs at the university, in a college, cultural institute or ask your host parents for advice.
Discovering new cities and towns is also a great way to meet new people. A lot of Au Pairs meet friends in hostels or in the organized trips with a travel agency. You can either search for a local agency or look for student travels in social media.
Your Host Family and their friends
You might also meet new people through your Host Family´s acquaintances. Sometimes Au Pair families have friends who also have an Au Pair or they might know someone your age. You can ask your host parents directly and start meeting new people!
Agency Au Pair meetups
Many agencies organize meet ups on a regular basis. That allows Au Pairs to get to know each other and share their experience. You can find more about the meetings by subscribing to the agencies’ newsletter and checking their social media groups. Sometimes you will need to pay a small fee but usually it’s worth it.
Talk to people and be open
We know it might not be so easy to approach someone in the street and start a chat but this is actually a great way to meet people. You will be astonished how friendly people can be if you just talk to them. Great places to put this into practice are a gym, a café or the playground where you frequently go with the children.