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My name is Denise, I'm from Germany and I turned 19 during my year in the US. I was an au pair in Indianapolis (IN) in 2013 and I took care of two girls, who are two and five years old.
My decision to be an au pair was the best decision I made in my life so far. I learned so many things about myself and about other people. I became more independent, mature and improved my English skills a lot. I recommend a year abroad to everyone!
I gained a new family by being an au pair. My host family is amazing and I loved them from day one. My host parents are like my aunt and uncle to me now and my girls are like my little sisters or cousins. I love them with all my heart and I know that they will be a part of my life forever. I decided to extend my year as an au pair, but with a new host family. You may wonder why I didn't stay with my current host family, when I love them so much. They really wanted me to stay with them, but I've seen everything in Indiana already and I wanted to experience something new in my second year. Me and my host family decided that looking for a new family would be the best for me. Like that I can use my time as an au pair to the fullest and live somewhere new. It was a really hard decision and for the longest time I regret, not extending with my current family but then I finally matched with a second host family and they seem just as great. I will move to Santa Barbara, CA in about a week and spend my second year on the west coast.
I met a lot of amazing people during my first year and something like that is priceless! I love to speak English and it is awesome to be able to say that you are fluent in English.
Of course being an au pair can also be very exhausting. If you think, you'll be spending a year of vacation in America, you are wrong. You are working and kids can be a challenge. It's not like babysitting, you are basically being a mom/dad! Even though you're only working 45 hours a week and not 24/7 you are around your kids and your family all the time, since you are living with them. I didn't mind hanging out with my family even though I wasn't working, at all. I had dinner with them nearly every night and I spent a lot of time especially with my host mom. I went on vacation with them and we would go visit family all the time. But if I had planned something with friends, they always respected that. My host parents didn't treat me like an employee, but like a part of their family.
Go AuPair is a great agency! I never had any trouble. My LAR was super nice and always there for me. If I had any questions or needed something I could immediately reach out to someone. It's not a giant agency which means there are not as many families and au pairs as with other agencies, but in my opinion that makes it easier to match with a family.
I hope my review gives you an idea of how it is to be an au pair. My experiences influenced my life forever and I don't want to miss any of them.
Good luck to every future au pair, don't be afraid, you won't regret it!
Finding myself divorced with 2 elementary school-aged children and having a demanding career in Lexington, Kentucky presented a significant child-care challenge! Initially, I hired a full-time college student at the local university to help with the children thinking that would be sufficient. Unfortunately, I was wrong! My child care requirements were virtually ignored. If my 6 year old son wanted 3 Popsicles, that's what he got. So I began exploring other child-care options. Several friends of mine on the West Coast had recommended finding an Au Pair, so I began a search. Being in Lexington, I soon discovered that there were very few agencies that represented our city, but Go Au Pair was one.
The matching process was so simple. I filled out an on-line profile with my requirements and added some photos and I was matching with potential au pairs within an hour!
I highly recommend the au pair program. Our Au Pair is just another member of our family! She has been such a positive influence on the children and is extremely responsible. She teaches them things about her home country, while also taking the very best care of them when I can't be there. She gets them up in the morning and sees them off to school, helps with homework, takes them to dental or doctor appointments, shuttles them to their extra-curricular activities and helps with their night-time routines if I am working late. She goes everywhere we go - church, vacation, to the lake on the weekends in the summer, whatever we are doing, she's just an extension of our family.
Go Au Pair is a very reputable agency. They are always available if we have any questions about anything at all - just very helpful in every way. I have enjoyed working with them and highly recommend them if you are looking for an au pair agency.
We have been very blessed with the addition of an au pair to our family! I never have to worry about the welfare of my children when I am working, which is a huge relief to me! We are very thankful to have her!
My name is Jessica
I turned 19 on the day i left my country for the Us.. Im originally from South-Africa and im staying with a family from 3 kids a twin (boy and girl) from 3years and then they litlle brother Keegan (turning 2 in April 2014) in Minnesota Lakeville.
I have to admit that I was homesick a lot in the beginning , I didn't think im gonna be able to make a full year. And now im in this Au pair program for over 6months , as I Know now im getting closer to go back to my country im getting so sad to leave my kids that I have build such a great relationship with and who taught me so much of myself .
Different people decide to come to the Us for different reasons and different expectations . Its just what you as a person makes of your time here , we have an amazing Lar who will help you with anything and will go out her way to have the right answers and help you found the things you need for any circumstance..
Ill leave here with a different character and different why of seeing life...
Hi, my name is Judy, I 'm from China, 21 years old. I'm taking care of a 18-month boy. He is very smart and cute, I like him even though he is naughty sometimes. Being an aupair in America, will be a good and precious experience for me, because I learn much more different life style and improve my English. My host family is very nice, I'm kind of quite sometimes, they try to share almost everything that is funny and important in daily life, they treat me sincerely. I know it's hard to be a real family together, but we are like friends, we helped each other. So in the following 5 months, we will cherish the time together, I will miss them! that's for sure!!
My name is Bree Ramirez, I'm from Mexico and I'm an Au pair, living with a host family at US. I'm here since August and I'm very happy... it has been a pretty good experience so far. The family is awesome and they all treat me as a part of their family. My host mom talk a little of spanish and I'm helping to the kids to learn my language. I think that was the most important thing for me while we -my host family and I- were making the match: I needed to practice my english and they needed someone to practice their spanish, so we had a win-win situation... also the guys are just lovely! They are making me feel very glad from decide to come here to work with them.
Here I like to visit different places and know more about the state where I'm living now, which is Kentucky, also I like to meet new friends: girls from another countries whom are also Au pair as me, and people at the school.
this is a really good chance to learn about the american culture and also improve your skills with their language..
My name is Raphaela, I am 19 years old and I am from Germany. I stay here in the United States (Kentucky) already for two and a half month and I love every single day.
It is amazing what I already experienced. As an Au-Pair you can make such great experiences - you learn a lot about yourself, you become independent, you have to take responsibiliy, improve your language skills and above all you learn for life.
As an Au Pair you are part of a family, so you are absolutly involved in the american culture. For example, you get to know very close how the Americans celebrate Halloween or festivals like Thanksgiving or Christmas. There is no better possibility to get to know a foreign culture than spending time in a family with kids.
Moreover, my hostfamiliy is amazing. I am so glad to met them. I take care for two lovely kids - a six year-old boy and a eleven year-old girl. My hostparents have to work a lot during the week but at the weekends we do many things together and they invite me to everything. From the first moment on I felt like a part of the familiy. It is my hostfamily who really make this year very special for me and I cannot tell you how thankful I am to spend my time with them.
Of course there are challenges, too. You have to deal with completely new situations in a foreign culture but these challenges make the time so interesting, too.
But anyways without Go Au Pair I wouldn't have the possibility to make such great experiences. I would choose Go Au Pair again and again. Go Au Pair have done a great job. Because there are checking the Au Pairs and the Hostfamilies very well, it is possible to find the perfect familiy for each Au Pair.
What is more, they are always there when you have questions or when you need help. Right after I arrived the United States, my local area representive was checking how I am feeling. The local area representive try to help us Au Pairs to meet different People from all over the world, too.
However, I am sure this year will influence my life very much and I wouldn't like to miss any of my experiences which I already made.
Hi, my name is Jonathan. I'm from Colombia and I'm 23 years old. I've been in the U.S. since August. I live in Eden Prairie, Minnesota with an adorable family. they have 2 children, the girl is 9 and the boy is 7. I feel part of their family, we do many activities together and I think the relationship has been good.
Go au pair is an excellent agency because they offer to you many advantages to meet new people and to support you in this process. My LAR coordinator is always available to answer my questions and help me in everything I need. we have been in many activities where we can interact with other au pair, which is amazing cause everybody has your own experience, I love it!!!
Being an Au pair is an opportunity to grow up by yourself, to expand your knowledge and know a different culture for 1 year.
In the next 10 months my host family and I will live a wonderful experience full of happiness, learning and fun moments to remember when we finish this awesome experience.
So why don't you be an Au pair o have one in your house? Think it, it will be amazing!!!! Trust me.
My best wishes for new au pairs or new host families that wanna live the best experience ever. :)))
Hi, my name is Alma. I was an Au Pair in Boston. My program ended last August. I had an amazing family that made me feel as part of the family. I made lots and good friend. I miss my Au pair life. It is hard to say goodbye to that life when everything it is so pretty good. I miss all my friends and my family.
The Go Au Pair agency answered promptly when I had questions. It is a good agency. The only suggestion that I have it is sometimes they took to long to go an visit you and give you the welcome talk and package when you just arrive. Other then that I think they come out with good meetings. It helped me to meet new people and really good friends.
Thanks Go Au Pair for a great year. It was just unavailable!!
Hi,my name is Di Zhang.I come from China.I'm an Au Pair in a host family.The family is very good.I've been here for 4 months.The host family has become my home and a part of my life.I like Au Pair life.It's amazing.I have a good chance to make new friends.The angency always make us together to join many great activities.
I'm studying in a good collage now.I have many Chinese classmates.So ,I feel so nice.I really think it is a good chance to know American culture,lifestyle and so on.I studied a lot of things I didn't know before in my collage and my host family.Everyone around me is a good teacher for me.
I watched my first baseball game with my host family ,Niki(she is my angency,she is great.she helped me find collage and solved my troubles.she likes my older sister)and my new Au Pair friend Catherine .My host family is baseball fan so we enjoyed it so much.
I like my host family and my new life.
We've had our Au pair for almost four months and our process started about 6 weeks prior to her arrival. We had all the information we needed because our local representative and the home office worked so well together to answer all of our questions. We were thrilled when we matched with Nita and even more happy that she was everything that we hoped shed be and more!! We were all very aware of what kinds of challenges this transition could create but we were prepared and our experience so far has been wonderful! We've grown close with our Au pair and our children love her and trust her. She goes above and beyond her duties by pitching in around the house and asking if there are errands she can help us accomplish when she's out. She finds fun and age appropriate activities for our two kids everyday. I feel so pleased about our decision to go Go Au Pair because we couldn't have made the decision or followed through on the process without their support. We still have many months with Nita and its such a relief to go to the office everyday and know that our kids are in such great hands. Nita has truly become part of our family!!!
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