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A Guide to Gap Year Nanny Abroad and Au Pair Jobs

Do you have a strong parental instinct, but you’re just not ready to have kids of your own? Have you ever imagined combining your love for travel and working with children? If so, then au pair gap year programs are the perfect thing for you! An au pair year is an ideal way to experience first-hand living in a different country, while providing childcare to your host family, and not have worrying about things like rent and bills. Once you get a taste of the au pair experience, you’ll wish you would’ve done it sooner. Read on to find out everything you need to know to get started on the best time of your life!

Everything else you need to know about gap year au pair

Costs. The beauty of spending your gap year as a nanny abroad is that you can actually earn money while you travel the world. The only costs that you need to budget for are the costs of working with an agency for au pair programs, which are usually under $1000, and costs for covering your own traveling and experiences during your au pair jobs abroad. You’ll never have to worry about rent and bills, groceries, or even travel sometimes.With FundMyTravel you can fundraise your budget for your gap year abroad. 

Accommodations. Signing up for an au pair year means living as an adopted family member in a different country. Mi casa e su casa. You will have your own furnished room, and sometimes even your own bathroom if you get lucky. In rare cases, you can also get your own apartment (in agreement with the host family) for some privacy, or simply to have a social life and not always feel like you’re on call. In this case, you need to make sure that your pocket can afford it. 

Visas. If you don’t want to deal with the headache of figuring out the visas, you probably should do it through an au pair agency. That fee you pay includes them taking care of the visa for you. Problem solved! But if you don’t mind the extra work and want to save the extra money, start with checking out the GoAbroad embassy directory, because depending on what you have your eyes set on, the visas differ. For countries like Germany and Switzerland, there are specifically au pair visas, though for most countries you’ll need a student or tourist visa.

Safety. Your personal safety is a very important issue to consider before your gap year. Au pair programs will do the necessary research on families to place you in a safe and secure environment. The host families are as concerned as you are about who they will share their family with, so you can put some of your worries at ease. Research some of the laws and regulations of your future host country so you can adapt more easily and stay out of trouble.

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An au pair year can be scary. You will be moving into another country and live with people that you’ve never met. Therefore, take your time in carefully selecting your family and location, do your research thoroughly, and make sure about the accommodation arrangements beforehand. Enter this adventure open minded, ready to embrace the shocking cultural differences, and willing to learn how to adapt and adjust to new rules and routines. 

Although your main duties will be related to child care, including preparing meals and tidying after them, some families may require some extra housework. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to decline. Set your boundaries and share them with your family. Honesty will bring you a long way.

Have enough money for any unforeseen circumstances, bring some little gifts for your new family to break the ice, and make lots of precious memories. Don’t want to spend your entire year as Mary Poppins or Mrs. Doubtfire? Consider summer au pair jobs. Summer nanny jobs overseas can be a great fit if you’re short on time or just want to test the waters first.

Going on an au pair year is a unique way of experiencing another country and culture without feeling like a tourist. Become an invaluable member of a foreign second family, adopt another culture, build precious family memories, and have the time of your life. Welcome to your new family!  

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