Want to travel the world whilst living as a local in your chosen destinations? Want to explore the culture, restaurants and social scenes of the country you’re visiting and make money? Well, working as an au pair might be the way to do just that.
An au pair works as a live-in nanny in a foreign country, You basically get free accommodation, food and pocket money while looking after a family’s children. The most interesting thing is that you live with the family you work for, which means you become part of it and get to know their culture. Another good thing about being an au pair is that you make money during the week so you can travel and explore on the weekend.
Obviously, you need to do your homework first. Every country has its own rules regarding salary and hours of work but usually an au pair works no more than 30 hours per week and gets paid at least $400 per month. Normally Saturdays and Sundays are days off, which means you can explore the area or, better yet, the family might take you sightseeing. Being an au pair is not just about traveling but also about being immersed in a new culture and experiencing new things on a daily basis as a member of a family.
You can find a job as an au pair online. There are tons of websites where you can sign up for free and get into contact with families across the world. Once you sign up and complete your profile, you can begin to search for the perfect family. Remember: You are going to spend a lot of time with them and you need to be sure they are the perfect match for you.
Working as an au pair is a wonderful experience and a great way to travel on a budget. Decide where to go and immerse yourself in a new culture at the price of just one flight ticket.
By Erika Cucchiara