In a couple of days I will be closing the nanny chapter, which means I’ll be on the plane back home to Belgium very soon.
Lots of people have been asking me how I got this job, so I decided to write a blog post about how to become an Au Pair + my journey as being one.
First of all, what is an Au Pair?
an Au pair is someone who lives in with a host family in another country. They take care of the kids while the parents are at work or have appointments. We get free accommodation and food.
So you’re own bedroom is provided, sometimes you get your own bathroom or a whole granny flat to yourself.
What we also get is some weekly pocket money. This can be between 150 – 250 AUD. Still, it depends on which family you working for.
In Australia there isn’t an official contract. So you make arrangements with your host family.
While in the USA, there’s an Au Pair visa and the money you make is set.
I was working as an Au Pair in Australia. Now, how did I get this job?
One of my good friends worked as an au pair in Germany a couple of years ago, she recommended me the website aupairworld.com
This website taught me all the basics and through this website I found my first host family, but more about them later!
What do you need to become an Au pair in Australia?
* Australian Working Holiday Visa (you can use this visa for other jobs too)
– 5000AUD on your bank account
– No criminal past
– The country you live in has to be on the list of getting this visa
* International drivers license (if you have a normal drivers license)
* You need to be at least 18 years old and finished High School.
* And Of course, you need to have a big love for kids!
* Having your first aid is a +
I’ll add some important links at the end of my post, where you can apply for a visa.
I worked with my first host family for about 6 months, from February 2016 until July 2016.
They have 4 lovely children, 3 girls (age 6, 9 and 11) and 1 boy (age 7). They love dressing up, dancing and going to the beach.
Yes, 4 kids is really busy indeed! Even though there were some hard days, I still received lots of love from those kids, and they mean so much to me! I visited them in November once and then again in January, before I left the Sunshine Coast.
Here’s a little bit about my second host family. I found them through one of the Sunshine Coast Facebook Au pair groups, I took care of the kids from halfway December 2016 until halfway February 2017. Two girls, a 2y/o and 4y/o. Two amazing little girls that love playing and messing around. They both love going for a swim, which was perfect during hot weather. I wasn’t with them for as long as with my previous host family, but that’s because my visa is ending halfway February, sadly enough.
I care about all 6 kids a lot, and I’ll definitely will miss them. Just seeing them smile, made me smile, watching them being happy with the little things in life, made me happy.
I want to thank both host family’s for taking me in and letting me live with them, not only I had the chance to take care of their kids, but they also took care of me! They taught me a lot, I’m very grateful for everything and the chance they gave me!
I’ll definitely visit again in a couple of years.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! I’d be happy to help.