AIFS Australia

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Au Pair in Australia and Au Pair in America are programs offered by the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), which is one of the oldest, largest and most respected cultural exchange organizations in the world. With offices in Europe, the USA, UK and Australia, AIFS organizes cultural exchange programs for more than 55,000 participants each year.

Website
www.aifs.com.au
Headquarters

10 -14 Oxford Square
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Australia

Reviews

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Sam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Help was always available for every aspect of travel or work! When I had work issues or problems with accommodation or whenever I had a single question about anything I always had AIFS' support! At times I had problems with accommodation & the get Australia team were there for me. They also helped me get a job by going through my CV with me & improving it. They also booked my travel which was great because I got great advice as well as having discounted prices on not just Australian travel but also travel in New Zealand!

What would you improve about this program?
I wouldn't change anything
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Karen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My host family were incredible and looked after me so well. I really did feel like a member of their family. One of my favourite memories with the girls comes from my love of the story the 'Gruffalo' the girls had never heard this story so being my all time favourite I ordered them a copy. I read it to them countless times, including silly voices for each character!! Then one day I put on some music whilst we were doing some craft activities. Florence And The Machine 'You got the love' came on, to which the youngest girl heard it as you 'You Gruffalo'!!! so we spent probably the next half an hour dancing around the house singing to the newly named Gruffalo song!! For the rest of the time I was with the family and I played music, the girls always requested the Gruffalo song. Now whenever hear that song it always reminds me of those amazing six months I was lucky enough to spend in and amazing place with and incredible family.

Being placed in the outback gave me a chance to see the real side of Australia that being in a city wouldn't have allowed me to see. Yes it was isolated, yes it was a 4 hour drive to the supermarket, yes I saw snakes, yes I saw spiders, yes there wasn't a huge social scene but being out there gave me the chance to see things that I may never see and experience again. One of my favourite being the sunsets, even after six months the sunrises and sunsets out there still amazed me, the creatures that I saw, kangaroos, wallabies, blue tongued lizards, emu, cockatoos, pelicans, the list could go on and on. Sure if you go to a zoo you will get to see them, but I got to see them all in their natural habitat and living in the wild, I even saw some Kangaroos boxing!! I swam in the river which was like being in a bath, learnt to fish, spent many evening beer in hand in the pool watching the sunset followed by a barbecue, Bliss!!

Ok so there are a list of cons to living in the outback but the pros well and truly out weigh them. the lifestyle is so relaxed away form all the hustle and bustle. Just you, your host family and nature that goes on for miles and miles around!! Where else could you get that.

Oh and if all those experiences aren't valuable enough, I got paid to do the job! Which funded sine incredible travelling afterwards!

Would I do it all again? YES without a doubt!

What would you improve about this program?
Make it longer!! Saying goodbye to my host family was one if the hardest things I have ever had to do!
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Melina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Travelling through australia was the best thing I could have done after graduating and I was always very happy that I have chosen AIFS as my organisation and supporter. They were there for me when I needed help and that was all I needed. Thank you!

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Christina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I always wanted to become an au pair and live abroad for some time. After finishing my A levels I decided to spend 6 months in Australia.

It was the longest time that I had left my family and friends so far and it helped a lot that AIFS arranged for a group of us to be on the same flight. We also attended the orientation days in their office in Sydney together. The AIFS team was wonderful and so helpful! They gave us a ton of tips and also organized our trips to the host families.

My time in Canberra went by in the blink of an eye it seems now. My host family and I were a good match and I will forever be thankful for the wonderful time I got to spent with them. The children became something like my younger siblings and when my six months placement came to an end it was very hard to say goodbye.

During my time in Canberra I also got to know a lot of other au pairs through AIFS and one of them still remains a close friend of mine. We see each other at least once a year and both agree that going to Australia was the best decision we could have made! Not only have we found a true friend so far from home, we also have grown a lot as a person while living abroad and of course traveling Australia has also been an amazing experience!

All in all I made unforgettable memories that I get to keep for a lifetime!

I would recommend for anyone to go abroad as an au pair as it gives you the opportunity to experience a different culture in a very unique way and will not only help with improving your language skills but also make you a more responsible and independent person. - All while you are making a lot of new friends and are having a great time with a family that invites you to share their life with them.

And if there will be any problems, which is normal as being an au pair isn't always easy, AIFS provides amazing support. They are always there for you whether you just need to talk or require help in any other way!

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Lea
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

After I did my A-levels back in Germany I decided to spend a year abroad to travel, experience a different way of life and to improve my English. After 6 weeks in a host family I did not really get on with the host mum that is why I was in rematch. Within one week I had offers from over 5 families which I visited and finally I found the right match for me - thanks to AIFS. The staff was amazingly supportive!! My new host family was great. They made me feel welcome all the time, they also invited me to join them for friends and family celebration and on holidays twice. As I was living in a big city I made friends easily most of them where also Au Pairs from AIFS. My year abroad definitely made me a more independent and confident person and I would always recommend it to everyone!! The completion bonus at the end of the placement is great to use for travelling afterwards around Australia, New Zealand, Fiji or Asia.

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Sahil Bansal

Sahil is from India and currently studying at the University of Liverpool in England. He is 20 years old and pursing a bachelors degree in BA Business Studies.

Why did you decide to intern abroad with AIFS?

AIFS seemed like a very professional internship agency that could help people get a productive internship in the Sales & Marketing department. All of its social media pages were very appealing and also the experiences of other interns that were posted on these pages.

Moreover the Australian internship agency took keen interest in looking at objectives and expectations from an internship and then went about finding a suitable internship. The internship coordinator was one of the driving factors in choosing AIFS as the preferred internship agency as she was very kind and helpful right from the start of the internship application.

What made this intern abroad experience unique and special?

The experience was very special because this was the first time I was working overseas and was very excited about it. The host company made it a memorable experience, as all the colleagues were very nice and helpful. There was so much fun in doing all the work as everyone used to have a laugh and keep the office environment nice and friendly.

The best part was that everyone gave equal respect to each other and considered each employee equally important to the organisation. It was incredible to work for such an organisation.

How has this experience impacted your future?

This experience has given a sense of working in the real world that will be very useful in future. An overview was gained of how each department of a five star hotel operates to make sure their guests enjoy the best possible experience. Moreover a lot was learned about working in the Sales and Marketing department and experiencing different techniques to get new/repeat business for the Hotel.

What did AIFS do for you and what did you need to do on your own?

AIFS did things that were more than expected. The main focus was on the internship objectives throughout the application procedure as these were discussed repeatedly with AIFS as well as the host company to make sure things go smoothly. The internship coordinator responded as quickly as possible to all the queries and made sure that there was no confusion with the internship program.

All I had to on my own was fill out the visa and application forms. Everything else was managed and coordinated by the internship coordinator. The induction given by AIFS before the commencement of the internship was very helpful as it gave a brief idea about the work culture in Australia and all the Do’s and Don’ts in the office.

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