Ever tried living like a single mother in a foreign country? That is what au pairing feelt like for me and I learned that easy is the last thing it is. It is however one of the best and most exiting things you can do, here is why
Meeting Kindered Souls
Tough times build the strongest bonds. The friends you make during your aupairing are often other au pairs, due to simulair schedules and relatable talks about culture crashes. These friends will last forever and when you leave you´ll have friends from all around the world.
Learn A lot
Not only about yourself but about other cultures, how to deal with challenges, networking plus learning a whole new language. Fooling people you´re a local is suprisingly empowering.
Get An Extra Family
I know now that all families have stuggles and that makes mine at home feel normal(ish). After a few months your hostkid start feeling like a sibling. You have inside jokes and know how to push each others buttons. It is a humbling feeling to have two families, plus you can visit them after you´ve left.
Becoming A Role Model
I grew up as the youngest pampered kid and therefore having a little human asking me for advice and copying what I did felt strange. But as I like to say " with resposibility comes self respect". All of the sudden I heard myself quoting those I admire and spreading wisdom I hardly knew I had to ears that were really listening.
Oh the travelling, au piring teaches you to live life to the fullest. I saw more and did more in a month then I used to do one whole year living at home. Since time off is a luxury and you get offered to go to 4/5 events every night, staying in is not an option. 2 am texts saying "wanna drive to Delaware, we´ll sleep in the car?" now seem valid and soon you will find yourself picking up redbulls at the nearest gas station.
More than anything au pairing is an opportunity and like with everything else, your actions affect the outcome. No matter what though, it will expand your mind and make you a wiser human being. And who doesn´t want to be a more knowledgeble open-minded person?