How to avoid homesickness when you are abroad?

Being an Au Pair gives you the chance to live abroad and expand your horizon. Nevertheless, this opportunity also comes with some challenges. Being far from your friends and family, troubles with understanding the language and having to adapt to a new culture can of course lead to some nostalgic feelings.  For this reason, we have put together some recommendations to help you avoid homesickness. 

Discover your new country

Get ready to discover all the best places around your city, town or region. Buy a local guide to check the museums, monuments and restaurants and enjoy the popular spots in your area. You can also plan weekend or day trips with friends or acquaintances. Traveling to nearby cities or spending some time in nature in the host country  will allow you to realize how far you've come. 

Spend some quality time with the family

As an Au Pair you are a temporary member of the family and it's nice to spend some quality time together. Join your hosts for dinner or maybe let them show you their favorite places in the neighbourhood. Your family will be there to help you adapt and feel at home. Besides, spending time with them will also get you closer to the kids and build a special bond with the family.

Attend a language course

The language course will not only let you improve your language skills but also help you to meet new people. Your classmates will be new abroad as well, thus they might also understand what you feel. 

Meet new people

Join an international group, be part of a club, meet other Au Pairs or simply talk to the people you meet when you are at the playground with the children or while you are waiting for them at the School entrance. Your new friends will be there for you when you are feeling down and of course they will be there in the good times. The best thing is that you can meet friends from different countries which will enrich your perspective. 
Finding friends abroad
Being an Au Pair you will have plenty of possibilities to find friends abroad. Local people will also help you to adapt to the new reality. Learn more

If you want to learn more ways to meet people, read how to make friends abroad

Plan your time!

Is there some place nearby you always wished you could visit? Then do it as soon as possible! During your time abroad it’s normal to say “I have all year to go there” until suddenly it's over. Take full advantage of your time abroad and enjoy this once in a lifetime chance.  
If you want to learn more about Au Pair experience check out our Au Pair WIKI.

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