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extending

Extending: new family or same family?

Deciding to extend is already a big decision you had to make. The next important question you have to ask yourself is, do you want to extend with a new family or with the...
reverse culture shock

Reverse culture shock: going home during covid-19

My two years as an au pair ended mid July 2020. I have had two amazing years on the east coast and the west coast but it was time for me to go back...
extending

Why I decided to extend during COVID-19

When I first left home to become an au pair, I thought that I would only do it for one year, which is already really long. The longer I stayed here though, the more...
Online Classes

Online classes: education during COVID-19

Part of the au pair experience can be to meet a specific educational requirement. Because of the whole COVID-19 situation, it seems impossible to meet those requirements. Colleges are closed and traveling is also...
ship luggage

A handy guide to ship luggage home

Leaving your host family can bring a bit of stress with packing. Whether it is because your year is ending or because you go into rematch. You might have bought a lot of new...
native language

How you can share your native language with your host kids

Part of being an au pair is that your native language isn’t English (unless you come fromSouth Africa or England). Maybe, part of the reason why you came to America was toimprove your English...
trivia night

Host an online trivia night!

Let’s be honest: this quarantine has been going on for long enough. We, as I can speak for a lot of us, can’t see any of our friends at the moment. We are stuck...
5 simple things you should do

5 simple things you should do every day during quarantine

Routine is my biggest enemy right now. I can’t seem to find a good routine because I’ve been spending all my days in the house. I found five things that I want to share...
homesick

What to do when you’re homesick?

When you’re living abroad, feeling homesick is something normal to experience at one point or another. Some people experience it very early, some feel it a little later and others might not get homesick...
extend

Why should I extend my stay as an au pair?

When you leave your home country to become an au pair you think a year is freaking long. Then you arrive, are with your host family and before you know it, eight months have...