Safety precautions for au pairs
Going to live in a new country is a super learning experience. And you also need to learn new ways how to take care of yourself in new surroundings.
These are points that you should keep in mind:
Find a safe and secure way to manage your personal documents and money – during your travel to your au pair assignment and the whole time you are abroad. Never hand your passport over to another person. A copy of it will be sufficient for your host family.
Take some time to get to know your new situation. A foreign country can be different in ways that you don't expect. Be alert and ask your host family for their recommendations and tips about where you can safely spend time in your new town or city, how best to get around (public transport, walking, bicycling, etc.), what you need to know about manners and customs so that you fit in well and are always safe.
When you begin your trip, be sure to have the telephone number of your host family and your embassy so that you're prepared for any contingency. When you reach your destination, give important telephone numbers and email addresses (for your family or friends in your home country) to your host family so that they will know who to contact if there is an emergency.
Talk to your host parents frequently. Share any worries or uncertainties or questions you have so that you can work together to find a good solution. Talking sooner rather than later can avoid lots of problems and also helps to avoid unnecessary risks.