When One Gap Year Turned Into the Best FOUR Years of My Life…
By Au Pair Andrea Geldenhuys
“I decided to become an Au Pair in my last year of school when
I realized that I had no idea what I wanted to become or
who I really was.
December 2012 was my first year as an Au Pair,
and also, my first time being abroad!
I was so excited and had all these dreams of living abroad.
I remember the day I said goodbye to my family like yesterday….
I quickly realized that being an Au Pair is not only about travelling and making friends.
It is about being part of an amazing family and loving the kids like they were your own.
Taking care of children is a massive responsibility.
I never expected to make friends from all over the world!
I didn’t just make friends with Au Pairs, but students and other like-minded people.
I have lived in three different countries abroad and travelled to 11 countries.
I have been an Au Pair in The Netherlands, Belgium and in the US of A!
In my 4 years as an Au Pair, I have had one bad experience with a family.
I stuck with that family because I had a great relationship with the kids, and they made it worth it.
I learned a lot from that year and about myself.
After two years in Europe, I decided to become an Au Pair in America.
This time we were a group of South African Au Pairs, flying out to
New York City for orientation week.
After we spent a marvellous five days in New York,
I arrived in Texas, where I spent two years of my life – I absolutely LOVED it!
I’m so grateful for every host family who has opened
their home for me and making my dreams a reality!”
“I quickly realized that being an Au Pair is not only about travelling and making friends.
It is about being part of an amazing family”
Wow, Andrea! You gave us GOOSEBUMPS,
and we are so happy to have you as part of our CAP Sisterhood
Did you know that Andrea is also a CAP VIP?
She shared her incredible journey with prospective
Au Pairs at an in-person training in George, South Africa.