Travel Job of the Month: Au Pair

A travel job allows you to visit new locations as your job.

Some choices are more obvious for a travel job, like a flight attendant, while some may surprise you.

Each month, we will highlight different travel job to give you an idea of what is possible for work when travelling. These jobs will be in a variety of fields, as the options are truly endless.

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This Month’s Travel Job: Au Pair

 

Au Pair jobs have been around for as long as rich people didn’t want to look after their own children. While I’m mostly joking, Au Pairs have been around for a long time, to say the least. An Au Pair is basically a nanny but is also typically a young person from another country who experiences a cultural exchange and language lessons in exchange for child care. While typically they are also paid, it is sometimes done on an exchange basis.

Featured Au Pair: Diana Tenea

What’s an Au Pair?

An Au Pair is a French term that means “on par” or “equal”. This is because the Au Pair is to become a part of the family, not simply someone hired out for childcare.

An Au Pair is typically someone under thirty who comes to live with the host family. They exchange in cultural and language exchanges whilst providing childcare. They are also typically given a weekly salary. This varies based on country and working hours.

An Au Pair is like a mix between an exchange student and a nanny. They often come to live with the family for a year, but some enjoy it so much they stay longer. Au Pairs are great for families with a single parent or those that have long or odd working hours. Au Pair duties can be regulated by visa restrictions, so be sure to check those out in the country you’re looking at applying to. In most cases, they include the opportunity to attend a language course, a stipend, and maximum working hours.

Diana - Au Pair

Diana is from Bucharest, Romania.

She caught the travel bug when she was 10; travelling with family around France, Belgium and Germany in a caravan. She had been living in Bucharest all of her life and three years ago she decided to make a big change, get out of her comfort zone and have a new experience.

She wanted to move abroad but didn’t have any savings nor the skills and experience to get a good paying job right away. She liked kids and have a 7-year-old niece that she helped care for since she was born, so she thought being a nanny would be a good place to start.

To be better prepared I got a nanny certificate before I began looking for a job. Then I made a profile on aupairworld.com, and 3 months later found the perfect family to work for. All this I did on my own, online, without the help of any company. Being an au pair was a good option for me because it’s easy to get started in a place you don’t know well, especially since everything you need is there waiting for you when you arrive.

 More about the job:

Diana’s job is to make breakfast and help the kids in the morning; get them dressed and ready for school/nursery, walk them over there if the mother is unavailable, then come back and tidy up after them. All this takes about 3 hours, from 7 to 10, then she is free until the kids are back home around 4-4.30.

Two days per week she works full time and spends all day with the1.5-year-old, playing at home, feeding him, and going for walks to the park (when the weather allows us, it is London after all). Sometimes there are play dates or baby groups.

When needed, she also babysits in the evening and sometimes on the weekend, but only if she doesn’t have anything already planned. In her spare time, she also worked for a neighbouring family with older kids, playing with them and putting them to bed.

I’m very lucky with the family I work for. About once every 6-8 weeks they visit relatives for long weekends, which allows me to have more time off and travel as well. On these occasions I take advantage of the cheap bus tickets and go around England. I’ve had both planned and spontaneous trips. Through Couchsurfing I made friends all around the country, so I also visited some cities more than once. Although the trains here are ridiculously expensive, during nice, sunny days off I try to get out of the city and spend time in nature, go hiking and exploring places close to London.

The usual holiday time for an au pair is one week off for every three months worked. Diana has taken five weeks in which she travelled home for her niece’s birthday. And other trips to Scotland and Germany. When the family was on holiday, She combined a week of her with theirs to travel for 10 days in Ireland. A previous family she worked with also had a house in Spain where travelled with them for a week, working weekdays and exploring on the weekend.

Money Matters

The average salary is around £80-£100/week in London, but it all depends on your schedule, duties, experience etc. For a dailyfull-time schedule it can go as high as £250 in some families. The salary is actually just “pocket money” since accommodation and food are provided, so it would be around the same or even worse if you earned more, but had to pay for rent and do the shopping.

I chose to move to London, UK because of the language that I’m fluent in, it’s a good hub to travel from, a great city and not too far from home either. I try (though I admit I don’t always succeed, unfortunately) to save all my money for travels and new experiences that you can also see on my Instagram.

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Diana’s advice to Au Pairs

Being an au pair is most certainly not for everyone. You need to actually enjoy working with kids, otherwise, the job will be very challenging (it can be even when you do enjoy them).

She got a degree for it just to be better prepared and a bit of experience will surely help find better families. Although, one can find a job even without these if they have a nice, full profile and the interviews go well.

Among the qualities you need to do this, some of the most important would be patience, problem-solving, being calm, caring and having lots of fun ideas to entertain kids or the skills to Google them 🙂 It helps if you can deal well with adults too, as there will be moments when you won’t agree with the parents on everything.

I’ve worked in London with three families so far, had both positive and negative experiences, but have learned from each of them and am excited every time I start with a new one. Even though I’ve really enjoyed living here, am planning to move to Edinburgh next, after falling in love with it during the trip to Scotland 🙂 I would most certainly recommend this experience to anyone who thinks they could do it as it can be fun, you have a lot of free time, can earn enough to travel short term, meet lots of like minded people and learn new things about yourself and the world 🙂

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