By the end of the program, you will probably get very close to your Host Family. Your lifestyle might have changed so much during the program, that coming back home can be as strange as it was becoming a part of a new unknown family and culture. It is important to understand from the beginning that your Au Pair stay will not last forever. It will remain a great experience that will open many doors for you in your home country or abroad.
Coming back home
Once you are back home with your friends and family, you will realize that you have changed and so have they. It is important for both of you to understand that you will need some time to adapt to the "new old situation". After spending some time abroad you might have become a more mature, responsible and open-minded person. Your vision of life, people and relationships might have become slightly different.
Easier said than done, but here are some tips to help you reintegrate back to your culture:
Understand that your Au Pair experience is a temporary stay abroad.
After coming back home try to keep in touch with both foreigners and local people. You will find many common points with foreigners living in your country as they are going through a similar process you went abroad.
Join some social activities and interest clubs to keep yourself busy and meet new friends.
Don't worry if you miss your Au Pair life at the beginning. It is a common feeling among Au Pairs and people who have lived abroad for a longer time. Remember you can always keep in touch with your Host Family and friends by calling them on Skype. You can also visit them whenever you have the chance. Thanks to the Internet, it has become easier to stay in touch with people from all around the world.
The Au Pair program is a great way to enhance your resume - maybe you haven’t paid much attention to it, but your Curriculum Vitae has grown in size while you were enjoying your time abroad. The Au Pair program is a nice way to get qualifications, isn’t it?
You’ve gained quite a few new skills, and believe it or not, they are going to open a whole new world of possibilities for you.
Since the world turned into a global village a good while ago, now also the marketplace underwent major changes. Employers look for applicants capable to deal with cultural diversity and handle international cases. That’s why the Au Pair program might have prepared you for entering the marketplace better than any studies would.
The Au Pair program in your resume proves that you:
are flexible and easily adaptative
can deal with stress and emergencies
are trustworthy and responsible (you already took the biggest responsibility you could’ve ever taken - children)
can communicate in more than one language on native level
can find common ground with foreigners
are a good manager
have leadership skills (you must have to survive around kids)
Despite those general skills, you have also gained experience in childcare. This point in your resume will get you job in any school or kindergarten you choose. If you are going to choose another career path, the listed points will surely speed up your job search and help you land your dream job.
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