For students looking to fill in a gap year or seeking something unique after college, or for any young person wanting to expand their horizons, becoming an au pair can be an undeniably beneficial experience. If you are someone that wants to live and breathe another language and culture, then heading out into the wide world as an au pair can be a great way to explore without the stress of paying for accommodation or board. Instead, you can live with a local family and either look after their children or do some light chores around the house, earning ‘pocket money’ and learning first-hand what it is like to live in a new location.
By living with a new family, you will gain an incredible amount of independence. You won’t be with your immediate family and while you’ll have the support of your host family, you can truly embrace your time and learn more about who you are as a person. However, you will have the opportunity to make new friends with the locals and other au pairs so you can form connections and a support network to cherish for a long time to come.
When you have free time from your daily tasks, you’ll be able to utilise your pocket money to travel the country and discover more about your surroundings and the neighbouring towns and cities. For those who want to travel, this alone can be just one of the great reasons to become an au pair.
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Why Should I Become An Au Pair?
There are so many reasons to become an au pair – if you like a challenge and you want to make a difference, becoming an au pair would be perfect for you. The role can be tiring and challenging at times, but you will gain plenty of new skills, such as leadership, flexibility, adaptability and the ability to work with new people from different walks of life, which will all look fantastic on your CV and impress any future employers. It is very likely that you will grow a bond with the children that you are looking after and the family you are living with, which is a connection that you will carry with you for the rest of your lives. You will be able to create a positive impact for the children and help them to learn and grow and furthermore, they will be able to learn about your culture and language, so they will be benefitting for the future too.
Although the wages associated with being an au pair are not massive, you will still be able to make some money and due to the accommodation and food being supplied as standard, you won’t have to worry about these costs. If you want to make more money, you could always get a part-time job in your spare time, too!
Becoming an au pair will really give you an experience which you will never be able to forget. It will give you a chance to learn something new about yourself and help you to grow and develop as an individual. If you want to become an au pair during a gap year, then it will give you an opportunity to have a think about what you really want out of life and the paths you wish to take for your future.
If you’re interested in become an au pair, register with Oaktree Care Agency. We’ll match you with the right family to ensure your placement runs smoothly from start to finish, so get in touch or fill in our application form, today.