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My name is Juanita, I am 19 years old and I am from Johannesburg, South-Africa. I am currently an Au-Pair for a family in Edina, Minnesota with 2 kids that are 3 and almost 2 years old.
I decided to be an Au-Pair for various reasons - so I can work with children, meet new people, experience new things, grow as a person and just to live life everyday!
I have been residing in the USA for almost 4 months and i enjoy it a lot! I have great host parents whom I adore so much! They are one of the reasons that i am so happy here. They have introduced me to so many of their family and friends. They showed me different places and they let me try new stuff all the time!
As soon as i got here, my second week, i started taking classes at Normandale Community College. I enjoyed it a lot! The sooner you get your credits, the better ;)
I would definitely recommend being an au-pair to everyone out there who wants to travel, see new things, meet new people etc. And I would encourage all families to be a host family with Go Au-Pair. Having an Au-Pair in your house is more than just someone taking care of your kids. It's someone who becomes a part of your family, who relies on you, becomes a friend/caregiver etc to your children.
This will be my experience of a lifetime!! Looking forward to so much more here in the USA!
Hi, my name is Sarah, I am 21 years old and currently living as an Aupair in Minnesota, near Saint Paul.
I am from Germany and I started my trip to the U.S. 2 month ago.
I decided to go away for one year and take care of children in another country, because I was searching for an adventure, for a time to take off my studies, to improve my english skills, to meet new people and to experience the life in another culture.
And this is what really happens now.
I take care of a 10 year old girl and a 5 year old boy and I love my work with them. As my hostfamily makes me feel welcome and ´adapted´ me as a family member, all of my concerns I may had when I came here, are gone now and I am really enjoying my new Aupair life.
My hostparents had just being great introducing me to their family and friends, showing me the area, answering all the questions I had, taking me out to activities, and teaching me a lot of the american culture. But they also have fun to learn more about my home country Germany, our culture, and food and even the kids have fun learing some german words, so I think that helps a lot not to feel homesick.
As an Aupair here in the Twin-Cities it is really easy to meeting and making new friends, since people in this area are open-hearded and super friendly. Besides I realise now every day, that I made the right decision to go this step in my life with GoAupair, because they really care.
My LAR coordinator helps me with everything I have problems with, stays constantly in personal contact with me and is wonderful and productive when it comes to planing Aupair- Cluster Meeting. They are always a great chance to meet other Aupairs from all over the world, having fun together and charing our cultures.So it was easy and fun for me, to build a social life other than in my hostfamily.
I am excited for the next 10 month, I can´t wait culture events like Thanks- Giving and Christmas to come, but the most important thing for is is, that every morning when I wake up I am looking forward for my daily work.
So why not becoming an Aupair or getting one?
The experience without it, you already have! ;)
I have hosted two au pairs with another agency, but I hosted my first au pair with Go Au Pair for 14 months who just completed her time as an au pair last week. I want to say thank you to my wonderful au pair Rut and to her coordinator, Erika Feckova. Rut was a true blessing for my family and we love her. Erika was a caring and dedicated coordinator who worked hard to help the au pairs experience America. She did a great job with her cluster and is a great person to work with.
I am an Au Pair from New Zealand, living just outside Boston, MA (7.5 months) and I love it. Moving to a new country to live with a family you have only met over Skype, is very scary and adventurous but my host family are wonderful, with 2 beautiful children, who I adore.
My host mum, from day 1, helped me feel at home and relaxed, she is so easy to talk to and I feel we get along so well and are always on the same page.
At first I found being homesick very hard, but having our monthly Au Pair outings has been so much fun and helped me to forget feeling homesick. If I am in town, I will be sure to be at our Au Pair catch ups. It's an awesome way to meet the other Au Pairs, who know what you're going through, to make new friends and do fun activities, you may not get to do otherwise. We have done some pretty awesome things, ice skating, Baseball game (Go Red Sox!!) and camping at Cape cod and Martha's Vineyard- just to name a few!!
My LAR, Joyce, has been amazing. I feel like I am constantly emailing her with a million questions and she is always ready to help, with more than enough information.
Being an Au Pair is such a fun and safe way to live abroad. I have a safe and loving home to live in, while getting to travel the USA and study. I plan on heading back to NZ at the end of my year here, but I have no regrets. This year will be one that I never forget. I love it.
I'm an Au Pair from Colombia, living in Eagan, MN. My experience as an Au pair has been one of the best experience in my life. I am very lucky to have a great family that has made me feel at home and also have taught me about American culture. I take care of a beautiful baby boy of 8 months that has taught me so many things and it's just wonderful to see him grow.
Also Go AuPair is been helping in everything that I need and they always ask me about how I'm feeling. My LAR coordinator is been great too, she try to set some events to know some friends.
I recommend this program to families and Au pairs because it is unforgettable and incredible. I been 8 months living in us and just a few months of my year ends Im starting to feel sad to leave my host family that it is like my second home
August 29, 2013
Hi everybody, I´m Stephanie an Au pair from Ecuador.
I have 5 months here in The US and is the first time that I go away from my home and country, at my first month here was very hard to adapt to another culture, house and kind of food but the worst to adapt to your new life and be so far of your family is really hard, I was so homesick.
My experience as an Au pair until today was great even problems and differences that I had with my Host Family is just the cultural crush you know. I have 5 kids to care of for everybody is like oh wow that´s many and they are right because is really tired but I know that God is who gives me enough strength to deal with that, and also I know that he gave this family for a reason.
Live in The US is awesome and is a really good opportunity to know another different culture and al so to travel and been in great places!Is hard to stay far of your family but this really helps you to be a strong and a independent person. I can say that because that is what is happening to me.I went to Chicago with my host family that city is so beautiful I really enjoyed it!
The thing that I like of my host family is that they teach their kids since their young age The love to God, how important is this in a human life.
I encourage girls and people to be an Au Pair if they love kids for sure. Just enjoy it, even you are home sick because this opportunity probably will be the last in your life.
Having a great hostfamily is making my experience as an Au Pair even more delightful.
I had the luck to live with my current family in two different countries. In November 2012 I joined them to stay for 7 months in Switzerland and now my family moved back to Salt Lake and I went with them.
In Europe we traveled to different cities like Paris and it was just wonderful. I enjoyed my time in Switzerland and I'm happy that I said "YES" to this adventure.
We went also to New York and I just fell in love with that city. There is just so much going on and first I was skeptic about all the people there and crimes but I learned for myself to put away the prejudice and just open my mind for different cultures and learn from them. Therefor I started to smile at people even if I don"t know them. The result was: You might not always get a smile back but if somebody is smiling back that is making your day so much better .
The things that I like about Salt Lake is that it's not a too big city and it's more relaxing. I really enjoy the summer here it's nice for hiking and I love to go swimming. It"s fun to go with the kids outside with the bikes and just enjoy a warm summer day.
I'm grateful to have met this amazing family and they always made me feel like I'm a part of it. The kids are adorable and I will always keep them in my heart. I admire my hostparents and how much they reach in their life. To me they are an inspiring example and thanks to them being a guide for me I opened my mind, I grow up and I know now what I want for my future.
I'm glad to make this once in a lifetime experience and until now it was absolutely amazing.
"The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it." Lord Chesterfield
I am an Au Pair from Australia living in Salt Lake City. I have lived here for approx. 2 months now and have been in the States for approx. 16 months. I am a nanny back home, so I decided to become an Au Pair so I could gain more experience in childcare but able to explore a new country at the same time! I spent my first year with another family in Atlanta, and had such a wonderful time with them. For my second year I am very excited to be with my current family in Salt Lake City, they are amazing and I am absolutely loving my experience. My family offer me the chance to be involved in whatever they are doing, but also encourage me to go out and do things with other au pairs and make friends. I have been able to travel to so many different places as an Au Pair, get involved with a lot of different things, and all the Go Au Pair staff I have been in contact with for whatever reason have been extremely helpful and understanding. It's so far been such an incredible experience and I'm so excited for whatelse is coming up in the time that I have left!
My name is Cynthia Sahm, I am Cindy Y's host mom. My tip for any au pair or au pair family is to respect each other and always communicate, even if it is difficult or awkward. Then at least you can understand each other better, even if you disagree on certain things! Since our au pair takes care of the family, it is Importent to keep her looped in on all things family-related. She needs to feel respected and valued and this is the best way to do it.
I'm Au pair in Utah I'm with family Sahm's. I take care of twins almost 1 year old and an a little girl she just turn 4 years old. They are a beautiful family I picked them because trey are a family with good values, I learn many thing about them and put in practice many advances they tell me around this year. I'm very greatful with god to put me in their lives, because we work each other to make everything better in this house, I feel like I make a very close relation ship with them.
We have a lot of good moments the first trip that took was salt lake to lava hot springs was very nice, relaxing and fun. One of those days was snowing very hard but the town looked so pretty and we saw the people working in de street with a robe or a towel, it's funny because was so cool, I remember came in the pool with the twins lol.
Then the second one was in Las Vegas for a weekend, I was very excited, !you know it's Las Vegas! It was amazing saw all this hotels and fancy thing, that wonderful fountain and everything. Ohhh! Except for advertising. I make a really nice friend from LA in the club of the same hotel. I'm very glad with me host family for any good and bad moment because this let me be a better person every day.
Moment I will never forget is my host Dad try to explain me staff like the water in Utah and show me the mountains in trips, my host mom trying to cook, and give support whenever I need, the twins how fast they grow, I saw them like the fist day in the airport and mady my little kinker making face que you say mady sad face and she said - No happy face and show me a big smile. Just want to say thanks for every moment.
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