Today we are back hearing about different people and their experiences as an Au Pair. Today we have Courtney who was an Au Pair in Holland near where I lived.
Tell us a little about the reason why you decided to AuPair
I decided to become an Au pair firstly because I love working with children and secondly because it’s the perfect way to travel and experience living in a different country.
What agency did you go through?
How did the process go for you? Was it easy and did you enjoy your process?
The process was very simple and I had no serious difficulties. The only difficulty I came across is the time it took to wait for certain documents. Other than that, it all went well.
How long did it take to get a family?
It took me about 3 weeks to get a match with my family.
What do you regret packing and what do you wish you packed?
I regret nothing that I packed. I packed very little. I do wish I had packed more winter clothing items, but thankfully it is easy to get some here.
Do you think that getting paid what you do is enough per month?
I honestly don’t think that we get paid enough every month. Life can be expensive here, but there is always a way to make things work and there is nothing wrong learning to travel on a low budget.
When did you Aupair? And where?
I am currently Au pairing in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
What has been the highlight of being an AuPair?
I have so many highlights of my time being an Au pair so far, but I would say being able to travel and see so many different European countries is my best highlight!
What was one negative thing about being an Aupair?
I have had some difficult moments while being an Au pair so far, but nothing so bad to pinpoint something negative. My experience has been mostly positive.
Do you recommend being an Au pair?
Yes, definitely. It is an experience that teaches you so much, you have the opportunity to travel and if you’re lucky enough as I am, you get a host family that feels like your own family.
Final thoughts on AuPairing in The Netherlands
Deciding to come Au pair in the Netherlands is one of the best decisions that I’ve made. It has opened up my mind to a different way of living and I have had the opportunity to experience things that I would never have thought I would have ever been able to. Living away from home for so long is challenging, as well as adapting to living with another family. As long as you have a positive attitude, an open mind and you are willing to adapt to different ways, you’ll be good to go! Your friends become your family too. I have met so many different people and have made friends for life. I would highly recommend Au Pairing In the Netherlands and I would come here again if I had the opportunity to!