Top Four Tips To Fight The Doubts Before Going Abroad As An Au Pair:
You’re taking a leap of faith into the unknown, you’re worried about every little detail that can go wrong.
You are also afraid that you will not be able to adapt to a new country or culture – what if my host kids don’t like me?
Let us reassure you:
It’s NORMAL to feel this way. It means you care.
Let’s look at a few pointers to help you calm the nerves before the Big Day.
(Written by Au Pair Chanel)
Do not over-plan your trip:
You cannot control the world and what’s going on in it.
Trust us to keep you updated with the latest information. From cancelled visa appointments to delayed flights & border closures. We have experienced it all. We are equipped to deal with this.
Try to stay positive through it all – you are making life a whole lot easier by doing this.
Your plans can be modified, postponed but not completely cancelled!
You will still have time to experience it all.
Everything is in good time!
Make friends BEFORE you go (even if it’s scary):
When you go abroad as an Au Pair, you do it alone, without your family and friends.
This doesn’t mean that you’ll be alone during our stay, quite the contrary!
Your host family will be the first to be there to support you & help you find your way.
You’ll also need to make your own friends!
Building new friendships and meeting new people from the host country, from other countries or even from our home country helps you to discover the culture and have fun.
Join Facebook groups and get in touch with other Au Pairs and learn some tips.
Most of our partner agencies also provides you with a list of Au Pairs already living in your future city.
It’s an opportunity to contact them and maybe you will meet your new bestie!
Learn the language:
One of the main reasons that may motivate you to go and live abroad for a while is to improve your level in the language of the country.
Whether you already have a good level or just the basics, being immersed in another language every day can be very difficult and tiring.
It can also be scary to talk to native speakers, not being able to make yourself understood or make friends who don’t speak your native language.
Try to practice the language as much as possible before you leave by downloading an app, writing, reading, and learning basic words.
Super Au Pair Chanel watches all her series and films in their original language.
There is a possibility – or obligation in some countries – to take a language course for instance in The Netherlands and Belgium which will help you to improve your language skills.
Feel all the feels:
Before you leave you will laugh & cry and be all excited and sad at once. Embrace these feelings as this is the best way to get through them!
Stay realistic and do as much research as you can about the culture you’re going to. This will ensure you are more familiar with it even before you arrive.
Stay positive and motivated as it may turn out to be the best year of your life!
Looking back at the end of your journey you will be so proud of yourself once you have overcome these obstacles. We are in this together! 💕