Being an au pair has completely changed my life!
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!
In August 2016, I travelled to Tenerife to spend 3 weeks with a family I had never met before. I was scared, nervous, but more than anything, excited. As soon as I met my host family at the airport, however, all my worries instantly disappeared - they were so happy and excited to see me that I instantly started to enjoy myself.
My family made sure that I was comfortable and happy every step of the way. We toured the island of Tenerife: climbing El Teide, dressing up for traditional festivals, swimming in natural rock pools, and many more memories that I will never forget. I have made so many friends even outside the family that will be part of my life forever. And as for my language skills, I didn't even notice my Spanish improving until I got back home and realised that when I spoke with a Spanish person, I could understand everything they said without even trying!
Although I was paid to teach the children English, the reality was that after the first couple of days, I forgot that I was there to do a job. Instead, I became part of the family, and have never looked back. Before going to Spain, I didn't have a family here in England and have had to look after myself for a long time. However, now I can honestly say that I do have a family - and although we live far away from each other, we message daily and frequently skype each other. I went back to visit in February, they are coming here to visit me in summer, and I will go back again to spend Christmas with them. I know that whatever time it is, I have someone there who will listen to me. I'm hoping that in the future I will be able to change my surname to the family name :)
If you are reading this and contemplating making a profile on aupairworld.com, what I want to say to you is that yes, do it now! I promise you, it will be the best choice you have ever made. I can honestly say that being an au-pair has completely changed my life for the better, and I am so grateful to Au-Pair World for being the catalyst in this.