Wondering what do with the gap year you’re keen to take, or how to make it possible financially?
There are lots of options, but if you’d like to travel, immerse yourself in everyday life in another country, and experience things other travellers won’t necessarily get chance too. You could consider becoming an Au Pair.
What will be expected of you?
You’ll live with a host family. In return for your accommodation and food, and usually a little bit of spending money, you’ll look after their children and maybe do some light household chores.
You get to travel safely.
Living with a family, you’ll make new friends, get to learn more about other languages, cultures, try new food and see how people really live in other parts of the world.
You’ll be financially stable while you travel.
And you’ll be getting valuable work experience, that will look great on your CV too.
Who would it suit?
If you love children, are sociable, responsible, and willing to be flexible and get stuck in, then being an au pair could be perfect for you.
There are lots of different agencies who will happily sign you up as an au pair.
Spend a bit of time researching the companies, their track records, and find out what the differences are.
Once you’ve made your choice, you’ll have to register (there will most likely be a fee involved). Then search for an available host family in the country you’d like to visit.
Have an online interview with the family to see if you suit one another. Ask questions, find out what’s expected of you and make sure you’re happy with the situation.
If you go ahead, you’ll then need to sign a contract and fill out any necessary paperwork. You might need to get a police check, and apply for a visa if necessary.
Then get ready for your trip.
Here’s some Au Pair companies
To start you off on your au pair journey, check out: