An au pair placement is a unique experience for young people from all over the world. The same applies to families who host au pairs from different countries. On this page, au pairs and host families tell us about their unforgettable experiences.
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Ann moved from Kenya to Copenhage to become an au pair. She struggled at the beginning with some cultural differences, especially the weather.
Graham is a male au pair in Spain. He's recorded a typical day in his au pair life. Watch the video to see how a current au pair stay in Spain looks like!
Amina has been au pairing in Sydney during the coronavirus pandemic. In her video, she'll explain how her routine changed and how she adapted to it.
Tatiana didn't know what to do after high school, so she decided to go abroad as an au pair. She enjoyed her experience as au pair in Madrid (Spain) so much, that she even extended it.
Angela was an au pair in Hannover last year. She comes from Italy. When she arrived in Germany, she had to change her family, but she didn't give up! Discover her au pair story.
Gracie explains in a video how was her experience as American au pair in Europe: from the search to her final summer au pair experience!
Ellie didn't know what was an au pair and ended up writing a book about her experience as she really enjoyed it. Watch her experience video to find out how it was!
Lydia has recorded her au pair experience in Iceland in a video, where she explains why au pair and why Iceland with tons of tips for you!
Leonie gives a report on her current gap year as an au pair in England which is going great – despite the ongoing Brexit drama and needing to find a new host family.
For Greta, the plan to be an au pair in Spain was the best decision she has ever made. In her report she explains why she enjoyed her time with the host family in Burriana, near Castellón.
Ana, who comes from Brazil, was an au pair in England in 2014. For her it was one of the most exciting and wonderful experiences of her life!
Ana had never left her home for more than 15 days and she landed as an au pair in London, just to have the best host family ever.
Khaled and his family have already had many au pairs and they have stayed in contact with all of them.
Host mum Stephanie wrote us just a few words about the first time she had an au pair in Canada.
Originally, Jana had not intended becoming an au pair in Ireland. It happened quite spontaneously.
For host mother Amanda and her family the time with their au pair Alex and her boyfriend was a valuable experience.
Niamh was an au pair in Spain and had a very close bond with her hostkids. She doesn't regret her stay at all, also because her host parents supported her always.
Our editor Ellen was au pair in Dublin (Ireland) for 6 months last year and she wrote a blog and recorded videos documenting her experience. Take a look at them!
After her experience as an au pair in Spain, Georgia can say that the time with her host family was great and being an au-pair in Tenerife has completely changed her life!
Linda from the Netherlands surely had the time of her life in beautiful Ireland. Read more about her personal au pair experience in Dublin.
Claire from France decided to become an au pair in London. She had a great time and later started working as a manager for a tourism company. Now she is packing her bags for Melbourne.
Ever since grade six I had wanted to go abroad after school. After a short trip to England's capital I was hooked and knew for sure: I was going to spend my time abroad as an au pair in London!
Unfortunately, Gina had to split with her first host family in China. However, she soon found a new family she fell in love with. Read below how she found a great friend in her host child.
Host mum Giulia from Italy simply loved her au pair from the very first moment.
Host dad Greg from Dublin never regretted having embarked on the au pair adventure. Read why!
Au pair Ita had a great time as an au pair on the Canarian island of Lanzarote, where she felt "adopted" by the family and even learnt how to surf.
Michelle from UK came as an au pair to France, in particular to Annecy. She was unable to hold a conversation when she arrived.
After not having a good start with a family in Ireland, Sarah reacted bravely. She reactivated her profile and started to search for a new host family in the UK.
Jenny from Ireland and her family had their first au pair experience with an au pair from Sweden. "We truly cannot wait for our next big sister to join our family!"
Host mum Rosa from Spain sent us this experience report about the family's positive time with their summer au pair.
Host mum Peace from Scotland would not want to miss her unforgettable au pair experience for the world. With Vendy from the Czech Republic she found a helping hand.
Why can it be hard at the beginning of an au pair experience? Because some have to battle with homesickness. Here are some tips on how to get over this.
Helen, 22, moved from London to Málaga to work as an au pair in Spain during the summer.
Why Kristinas au pair experience is really unique? Because she came as au pair in the USA, specifically in Ohio, into a host family with 12 children.
Hostmum Gaileen from Canada writes her story on hosting an au pair for the first time in their house in British Columbia.
Laura from Spain was au pair in Ireland. As she noticed that her first family was not the right one for her, she stayed at friends' and looked for a new one.
Although my experience didn't have a good start, I am extremely glad to continue with it. I'd recommend anyone who wants to go abroad and likes children to grasp such an awesome opportunity!
Au pair Catherine spent time in Münster, Germany. She went for a short-term au pair stay, but even though, she had a great experience with her host family.
Julien, male au pair in the USA, has made his very own video about his daily au pair routine. Enjoy watching!
Giorgia went as an au pair to the Netherlands. When skyping her host family, she felt really positive about the au pair stay.
Host family Beata and Gareth from the UK were very excited to welcome Theresa from Austria, their first au pair, in their family.
Celeste from Mexico had a great experience as an au pair in Austria. She learnt German, met Au pairs from all over the world and travelled a lot.
After a first au pair experience in Spain, Leonie decided to go to New Zealand, which was the best decision she could take in her own words. Discover why.
At the age of 13, Leonie from Germany heard for the first time of the possibility of travelling abroad to become an au pair.
Helen, au pair from Scotland, wanted to improve her Spanish. She found a host family with seven children in Spain.
Claire from the United Kingdom decided to have an au pair when her third baby was born.
Host mum Dolores from Ireland was excited to meet Lisa, her second au pair. First there were difficulties in communication.
Host mum Eva from Spain searched for her first au pair through AuPairWorld. The family chose Iga, a Polish girl. It was a great experience for both parties!
Nikola from Slovakia went to Ireland as an au pair and looked after four kids. Her family lived in a small town and it turned out to be a really fun experience.
Miriam from Australia chose Ireland as to become a summer au pair. She never regretted her choice and even found herself a second family there.
Pauline from France really she wants to be a nanny. She was au pair three times already in three different countries for a short term.
Caroline from Canada was planning to return to work full time. Therefore, she needed someone to look after her children on a full time basis. Her friends praised and recommended AuPairWorld.
Anastasia from Russia always wanted to go to the Netherlands. Her family insisted that she needed a proper job, but she followed her dreams and finally found a perfect host family.
Fiona from Australia has three children. She stays in touch with her au pairs.
Indonesian Au pair Siska spent an unforgettable year in Caen, France. It allowed her to improve her language skills so much, that she's now making a career out of it.
Chelsea from Florida decided to become an au pair in Ireland as she'd never been outside of the U.S. before: a rewarding experience!
Karen from the United Kingdom has two little children. She wishes to go to college. As her husband is working and travels a lot, the family need some help at home.
Host mum Kim from Canada had a great experience with her first au pair Mia. The kids miss her a lot.
Host dad Angus lives in the UK countryside with his wife and five children: “No one wanted to be our au pair.” After this experience he was happy to discover AuPairWorld and could not resist the te
Host mom Tiina from Finland is utterly enthusiastic about her Spanish au pair girl. The children loved her from the very start. It was a genuine cultural exchange.
Read the interview with au pair Ursula from South Africa telling her wonderful experience as an au pair in the Netherlands. Altough the preparation is exhaustive, it is worth the bother!
Au pair Hellen from Kenya showed great courage and a big heart. When she arrived in Germany, her host country, she had to wait for her second chance to find the right host family.
Host mum Kate from Scotland appreciates all of her au pairs who came from different countries.
Ana Alicia couldn't find a job in Spain. She then decided to go to Ireland as an au pair.
Five au pairs, most of whom stayed longer than planned. This host family from Ireland and their five au pairs still remain in close contact.
Like a fairy tale, but in real life: A host family in Mexico invited a German au pair. She had to look after their 9 children.
Barbara finished her studies in the USA. After having spent months on her job search, her sister inspired her to go to Europe as an au pair. What a great idea!
Host mum Ciara from Ireland has three boys. Her family has been hosting au pairs for the past five years. Therefore, Ciara can provide some useful tips to au pairs and host families.
Maria from Valencia (Spain) went to the UK for five months to work as an au pair. She had a great time with her host family near Birmingham
After their second child was born, Alexandra from the United Kingdom and her family decided to hire an au pair. They have had two of them so far and are very happy about their experience.
Host mum Anna and her husband are Italian. However, they spent several years abroad. Back in Italy (Milan), they wished that their three children get in contact with different cultures.
In the summer of 2007, Alice from England spent two months as an au pair in Germany in Rotenburg an der Fulda.
Josefin travelled from Sweden to Valencia (Spain) to work there as a summer au pair.
Tatiana from Russia spent two years as an au pair in New Jersey, USA. Her experience proved to be great: she became more confident and she even started thinking in English!
Rita travelled from Brazil to Belgium to become an au pair. She had an amazing experience with her host family, learning French and discovering the Belgian traditions.
Huizi from Wuhan (China) worked as an au pair in the Netherlands. From the moment of her arrival, she loved the big seven-member family.
In addition to English and French, Marina wished to learn a new foreign language. She decided to become an au pair in Germany – a tricky objective involving certain obstacles.
Host mum Karine from England had two au pairs so far. To her, they have been much more than just a helping hand with her children and housework.
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