Being an Au Pair/Au Poor

I am sure each Au Pair has a different journey as not everyones experience is the same. But this is my experience.

Why I chose Au Pairing was because I wanted to travel but as we all know it is super expensive to travel. So Au Pairing was a great combination of working with kids and traveling. And I must say being an Au Pair has made me so much stronger, independent and I see the world in colour.

People tend to think being an Au Pair is easy, well news flash it isn't. It is hard work believe or not. I look after twins and at the end of each day I am super tired and just want my bed, which is bad because it feels like I am sleeping throughout my Au Pair experience. There are great days that I have with the munchkins and then terrible days where I just want to drink and cry my eyes out. But I am a long way from home so breaking down is not an option for this Au Pair.

To be honest I did not become an Au Pair for the money, as we get paid less then the minimum wages per hour. I became an Au Pair because I love kids and I just didn't want to become a teacher, but still wanted to work with kids. So guess it was the best of both words. Many Au Pairs have different schedules; mine is very simple. I work Monday to Fridays and sometimes weekends too. And on my off weekends I go and explore and hangout with friends. Or just sleep ad binge watch series as I am just too exhausted to do anything.

So many people have asked me if I would consider being an Au Pair again and my answer is no. Why you might wonder? Firstly I can't imagine being an Au Pair for a different family (you never know how they treat you), secondly I am not getting younger and I have my dreams and goals that I want to achieve and being an Au Pair is not going to help me get there. And thirdly life is expensive (everyone has a different level of expensive) and with an Au Pair salary I can't always buy what I want or travel where I want to.

Au Pairing gave me an opportunity to travel around America and experience life. Do yourself a favor and get a job where you can live abroad and experience the culture exchange. It is the best thing you could ever do to yourself!

Travel, Explore and Be You...



  1. Thanks for sharing! I'm glad it was a fairly good experience, even if you're ready to move on now!


    1. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything else.

  2. The experience sounds like it was so worth it. The ability to be self less and care for others is amazing and not everyone has it!