The 5 most important things you need to do when you decide to be an Au Pair

The 5 most important things you need to do when you decide to be an Au Pair

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So you are thinking about trying out a new experience, this time abroad and on your own. There are many possibilities, like backpacking, buying a one way ticket to another continent without having a return date, applying for a scholarship in the most unexpected country or university, or why not trying out the adventure of being an Au Pair. A lot of young people have done it, especially young women. There are agencies all over the world that will be happy to connect you with a good family that is at the same time looking for a nice person to help them with their kids, while they become an important part of the family. You will not have to worry about the accommodation or think where and what you will eat because all of that will be provided for you, even the ticket. You will receive a salary and in return you will be able to give all your love, your care and part of your time to helping the mom and dad of that family taking care of their children. It is actually a win-win situation where many great things can happen during your stay as an Au Pair. You can even learn a new language, get better at it and visit many new places while you are in another country.

What do you need to be an Au Pair and be always happy with the decision you made? Here are a few tips you can follow to make sure you have a very pleasant time as an Au Pair, while you make the best out of it.

Be thankful

Lately, people are frequently repeating something that could be actually true. What they say is that more thankful you are, the happier you really feel. This is exactly what you should do when you finally arrive and are able to enjoy your time as an Au Pair. You will have the possibility to experience so many new things, places, meet new people and learn from other cultures, you will actually have an uncountable amount of reasons to be thankful for. Take you time to analyze every single detail. Take your time to enjoy them and to acknowledge what has come to your life. It will be an unbelievable journey.

Image courtesy of MTSOfan at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of MTSOfan at Flickr.com

Be kind

Everywhere you go, you will be happy to find a smiley face, a kind gesture and a good person that welcomes you. Since everyone is new to you and at the same time you are new to them, take advantage of the situation and show the very best out of yourself. Be kind. Everyone is able to be kind and kindness is spreadable. If you take the initiative to be kind with the family you will be staying and with the ones that will be part of your daily routine, you will make good friends for sure and what you will receive in return will be pure kindness.

Be open minded

You will be new in a country, in a house in the family where you will be staying for a certain amount of time. One of the tips you should take is to always be open minded, because you never know what surprises that you are not used to, you are going to find. A different religion, different customs, different rituals, and even different languages or food. Think of the differences as an easy way to learn about how life is in a different part of the world. Try to avoid judgements or criticism and remember always to show respect.

Believe in yourself

Being alone in a different country, with people you just met and hardly know what to talk about is a pretty tough challenge and it won’t be always easy. The important thing is to always stay positive and never stop believing that you can do it. If you thought it would be easier than it is, stay strong and think that if you feel overwhelmed it is probably because you are actually learning about, becoming stronger and growing as a person. Big challenges always do that to people, but sooner or later you will feel proud about it and about yourself. Always believe in yourself.

Be yourself

Being yourself is one of the most important things you should apply, not only when you have decided to become an Au Pair, but in every single aspect and moment of your life. Showing yourself just the way you are will give people and especially the family where you are staying the possibility to trust you, and when you start trusting someone, that person starts becoming important in your life. That is exactly what will happen between that Au Pair family and you. Being yourself and opening your heart to them will make them do exactly the same thing with you and you will be forever grateful for that.

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