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My Life As An Au Pair

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  1. Shanel says:

    Lol wow it’s almost like I could have written this article. I was in the exact same boat and decided to Au Pair at 26 in Spain too. Such an amazing experience! Glad to see more women of colour promoting this, with the right family it’s so worth it.

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    1. Nia Groce says:

      Awesome! That’s so funny we both went to Spain to do this at the same age. I’m really glad I learned about it when I did and took the chance.

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  2. Belinda Ndaba says:

    What is the accepted “protocol” when registering with a site like Au Pair World: Do you pick your favorite families and approach them, like a job application, or is it recommended that you wait for them to approach you should you be what they are looking for?

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    1. Nia Groce says:

      Hi Belinda! I’m just seeing this so sorry for the delay. But to answer your question, you don’t have to wait for them to approach you. With that site, it is expected that both Au Pairs will reach out to families and families will also reach out to Au Pairs. When families message you or you message them, there is an option to “reply negatively” or “reply positively” which will populate an auto-message (along the lines of “unfortunately, no…” or “Yes, I’d love to learn more). You can also add a personalized message with that of course (i.e. thank you for reaching out but I won’t be able to do it during the dates that you need).

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  3. So did I. When I graduated from college with my degree in education, a friend I met, she told me her aunt was looking for an American Au Pair for her three children. I jumped at the chance to live in Iceland for five years. I loved it so much.

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    1. Natalia Smith It was, I try to tell other young people to do something different before settling into a career.

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    2. Nia Groce says:

      I know! I wish I had known about doing this sooner but I’m glad I found out when I did.

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  4. Damn! If I only liked kids

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    1. Zandria Winn says:

      lmao – i agree…some “other people’s kids” are great fun, but others…not so much…

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  5. Jay Sims says:

    Im about to be 30 and never traveled outsife the country. This might be a sign and i put in my application for a passport

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    1. Nia Groce says:

      If it’s calling, you better answer 🙂

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  6. Court Evans says:

    Me and kids don’t see it for each other. We both would be on an episode of Locked Up Abroad.

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  7. Nasa Okolo says:

    This is so cool

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  8. Children require too much attention. That’s why I only had one.

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  9. Only someone who doesn’t have kids would and could do this

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    1. Nia Groce says:

      Lol, it was good practice for me ;-). Luckily, the kids were 10 and 12 as I made sure to seek out older children.

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  10. I thought about this

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  11. Mya says:

    CAUTION: I read this article and decided to try it out. I work with children in the states so when I decided to travel I thought this would be the perfect way to do it.

    I went through the process and did extensive research before taking the leap. I will say my experience was not that great. I connected with a family and everything was on track for me to leave and then all of a sudden the mom stopped all communication 2 days before. There were no signs that they were no longer interested prior to that (as we were still talking and sending pics back and forth).

    I shifted my whole life to be available to them for 6 months and although I didn’t loose any money I lost time and peace of mind bc I’m not sure if I’ve somehow been scammed for my personal info. Anyone interested in this please be very careful and if they offer to pay for your flight you should decline and ask to be reimbursed instead.

    FYI. If you are looking to travel to Morocco avoid the Zineb E. family on aupairworld.com They are more than likely scamming people. They may ask to pay for your flight and ask for your passport info and signature on the au pair contract before they have filled out their own information.

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