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Brooke Au Pair Paris, France

The Au Pair Series: Brooke in Paris

Becoming an Au Pair Where and when were you an au pair? I au paired for six months in Rueil Malmaison, a lovely western suburb of Paris. Unfortunately the “ten minute” commute from the house to the RER station turned out to be a 25-30 minute bus ride and 20 minute RER ride….make sure you google map and research your location before arrival. This family and I had a six month agreement so the commute was not a big deal. I then worked for a family in Croissy sur seine for the summer (the month of August) and loved each moment of the day. The mother was a stay at home with two lovely young boys. We had so any fun adventures. Currently, I am working in Paris from September to July in the 2nd arrondissement for one five year old. I am loving the varied experiences. Why did you choose to go au pairing in that particular country? Like most American girls after watching Passport to Paris (the 1990s Mary-Kate and Ashley film), I decided …

Caitlin Au Pair in South of France, Au Pair Tips, Au Pair Guide

The Au Pair Series: Caitlin in the South of France

Becoming an Au Pair Tell us about yourself! My name is Caitlin Houston! I’m a 20 year old living near Glasgow, in Scotland. I study International Business with Modern Languages (French, Spanish & Italian) at the University of Strathclyde. I’m just starting my third year of University, and next year I’ll be studying in France for a full year! Where and when were you an au pair? I was in au pair in the Summer of 2015 in the South of France. I lived in a tiny village in the Midi- Pyrenees, called Mazères, that I imagine you wouldn’t really know unless you were from there/had friends there. It was very small and so cute, and had such a buzz around it for such a small village! I was around 30 minutes away from Toulouse and 40 minutes away from Carcassone, but very remote and in the countryside. It was beautiful. I au paired for 3 beautiful girls, aged 8 months, 3 years and 9 years old. My host mum was an air hostess (but …

The Au Pair Series: Marianne in Den Haag, Netherlands

Becoming an Au Pair Tell us about yourself! Marianne. A graphic designer, wardrobe consultant, and social media manager. I live on the Treasure Coast of Florida. Where and when were you an au pair? March – June of 2012 in Den Haag, Netherlands. Why did you choose to go au pairing in that particular country? One of my friends had been doing it for 2 years and she loved it, so I thought it might be fun to try as well. What was the ‘aim’ of your year as an au pair? I was 25 and in the midst of my quarter life crisis. I needed to get away, see some of the world, get out of my comfort zone, and try to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. How did you find your au pair family? I took over for my friend who had worked for the same family for 2 years. She was moving back to the states so it worked out perfectly. How did you find the first …

Ashling Au Pair Italy, The Au Pair Series

The Au Pair Series: Ashling in Italy

Becoming an Au Pair Tell us about yourself! Hi I’m Ashling Bourke, I’m half Finnish, half Irish but I was born and grew up in Malawi, Africa. However, I’ve lived in Italy for the past three years and now I’m currently studying at the University of Stirling in Scotland. I’m studying management along side accountancy & finance and leisure management and consumption for my current semester. I’m an only child. I love the Divergent book series but I don’t particularly like the movies. My hobbies are tennis, ultimate frisbee, singing, theatre and I also write a blog of my own. Where and when were you an au pair? I was an au pair from January 2015-April 2015 in Parma, Italy. Why did you choose to go au pairing in that particular country? Since I was already living in Italy, I wanted to go somewhere where I could be far away from home but close enough to be able to return back easily if I ever felt homesick or any other reason to return home. I …

Paris Buildings and architecture, Paris France

I’ve been featured! – Life of an Au Pair in Paris, 21 Steps & Beyond

A few weeks back I wrote an article for 21 Steps & Beyond about my time being an Au Pair in Paris, and I have the pleasure to say that you too can finally read all it! It was wonderful to be able to sit and write about my experiences as an au pair, and is one of the reasons why I am enjoying The Au Pair Series here on my blog so much. Many thanks to Paola Peinado for organising this wonderful magazine, and for allowing me to contribute! As well as my Parisian adventure, be sure to read the wonderful articles about being au pairs in Ireland and Italy! You can check it out here.  

The Au Pair Series: Vanessa in Edewecht, Germany

Becoming an Au Pair Tell us about yourself! I’m a Canadian from the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). I recently graduated university and didn’t really have a concrete plan of what I wanted to do so I decided living abroad as an au pair would be an awesome opportunity to travel and to experience a different culture. Where and when were you an au pair? I am currently an au pair in a small town called Edewecht in Northern Germany. I’ve been here since the beginning of January 2015. Why did you choose to go au pairing in that particular country? I’ve had a love for Germany and Germans for a while. Partly because my dad spent some time in Germany around my age, but also because I graduated with a history major where my main interest was German history and society. What was the ‘aim’ of your year as an au pair? The aim of my year abroad was and still is to experience a new culture, see what makes it different from Canada, become …

The Au Pair Series, Mandy Geneva

The Au Pair Series: Mandy in Geneva

Becoming an Au Pair Tell us about yourself. I am a software developer and Digital Nomad. I’m currently in the Ukraine, but I’m house sitting and just generally wandering my way through Europe for the next few months. Where and when were you an au pair? From 2001-2 I was with a family just outside of Geneva, Switzerland. Why did you choose to go au pairing in that particular country? I was offered jobs in Germany and Barcelona, but I chose Geneva because it is so central so traveling to other places would be easy, and I really liked the family. What was the ‘aim’ of your year as an au pair? To travel internationally. I’d never been outside the US though I’d traveled extensively there. I wanted to get a chance to see more of the world before I settled down and did the whole family thing. How did you find your au pair family, and what tips would you have for those beginning their own searches for potential families? I found them through …