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Isabel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Could not have had a better experience

Let me just start by saying I have had a phenomenal time working with Au Pair International. I am an Au Pair here in Spain and they made the process so easy and we're there for my 100% of the way. The people are extremely friendly and always willing to help, I love this company and can not wait to work with them next year!! If you are looking to become an Au Pair, API is completely the way to go. They are supportive and committed to helping you find the best possible match for you! Can not say enough words about this company!! xxx

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking part in definitely living alone in a country you don’t know.
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Amber
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Au Pair experience In Madrid

My experience has been unique so far because of the family I am in. I have been very fortunate to not have any issues at all with my family. What’s Even better is that i have really grown to love them! I literally love spending time with these kids and I get along really well with my host parents! They are just so good to me! I think that is the best advice I can give an au pair! First make sure you know what you want from this experience. Then, make sure your suspected family has some similar goals in mind. Take the extra time to get to know them! Think or several questions and don’t be afraid to ask tough questions!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Well here in Spain they actually eat quite a few unfamiliar things. The one thing I ate was pigs! I have to say I will not be trying that again!
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Hannah
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Being an Au Pair in Chile

API was a great program. I got all the support and information I needed before going overseas. My problems were with Chile Inside once I arrived to Chile.
When going to be an Au Pair, I would make sure that the family has references so you know what you’re walking into otherwise important things may be left out.
Au pair International was a great program, I would just like to see there be more communication between API and the agencies in different countries. Which can be really hard, so it’s understandable.
Jelena was my agent and she was SO kind and well knowledgeable about being an Au Pair! I would recommend her to anyone. She was an Au Pair before she was agent so she understands! Being an Au Pair allows you to learn and live in was many different ways.

What would you improve about this program?
More Communication with the agency in Chile, they were not on the same page about somethings.
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Kayla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Au Pair International in New Zealand

I am an au pair with Au Pair International. I have had the most amazing experience with this agency! My placement coordinator Jelena was so welcoming and kind from the beginning of my application process. She met with me in person to talk about the program and was always available and very responsive to any questions that I may have. While I was abroad in New Zealand I continued to get support from API. Welcoming an au pair into your home is a big step. As an au pair you become a part of a family. It is so improtant that both the au pair candidate and host family have open communication and know they are the correct fit for each other. I am so grateful I chose to become an au pair. I am blessed to have found a second family in New Zealand! Thank you API!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Embrace your time and experience abroad! It goes by so fast. You may be homesick at times but just remember this opportunity is for you and your personal growth. Enjoy your host families culture and give your host kids heaps of cuddles!
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Kylie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best summer ever!

I went through this agency to be an au pair in Spain for the summer. They are amazing!!! I was walked through the whole process from start to end. The application process is a bit extensive but that is how you know it is safe. The vetting process for both au pairs and host families ensures that both parties are comfortable. I was able to talk with multiple families and choose the one I thought was the best fit. The placement coordinator I worked with, Jelena Estrada, is absolutely WONDERFUL! She was so helpful with getting me through the application process and she stayed in touch while I was in Spain. Jelena was genuinely excited for me to become an au pair which made my experience even better.

If you're looking to become an au pair, Au Pair International is a great agency. I met other au pairs in Spain who did not go through an agency and they had a lot of issues. Some were being paid way under the legal minimum and others were even kicked out by their host family with no where to go. Going through Au Pair International meant I had a contract that ensured I was paid well and not fired without notice. It also meant I had multiple people I could contact if there was an issue with my host family. Au Pair International takes care of their au pairs.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I choose Au Pair International because of the hands-on support I received right away. When I contacted my placement coordinator, Jelena, she responded quickly and we set up a time to meet in person.

Jelena was very welcoming and walked me through the steps of becoming an au pair and how the Au Pair International program worked. She explained to me the different countries I could consider for my application.

After meeting with Jelena, I knew right away I wanted the experience of being an au pair. I choose New Zealand because I've heard really wonderful things from everyone that has visited there.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Au Pair International assisted me with every step of the process. They showed me how the application worked, explained how interviewing with host families works, and the steps that follow once I've matched with a family. Of course, on my own, I had to complete the application, upload documents, and organize the interviews. However, Au Pair International looked over my application and let me know if I needed to make any adjustments to my application.

I could also ask questions at any point if I was wondering how anything worked in the process of becoming an au pair.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Don't be afraid of trying something new! It can be hard moving to a new country where you don't know anyone besides your host family. I wasn't sure how to go about making friends in a new city and new country. My host family put me in contact with another au pair in our neighborhood. It was great we organized play dates and also met outside of work hours.

My agency also hosted weekly playgrounds and once a month au pair events. I also joined an Auckland Hiking Group. Here, I met friends to go on weekend trips with. I join another group called Girl Gone International for international women living in Auckland, New Zealand. Girl Gone International has groups all over the world in larger cities.

Research and find a variety of ways to meet people (Facebook groups, MeetUp, or with your agency). I was nervous at first, but everyone is so friendly and they want to meet new people and make friends also!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

This depends on the family, the number of children, and the children's ages. For me, I looked after one child that went to kindy (preschool) three days a week for half days. Then I had two full days where we went to swimming lessons, gymnastics class, or I planned an activity. I worked 35 hours a week and also cooked for my host family two nights a week.

Each au pair's hours, expectations, and schedule will depend on the family. I've met some au pairs that are with the children full time (usually newborn or under 3 years old) and some au pairs that care after all school-aged children.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

For me, I don't think it was necessarily a fear, but more a challenge.

I have lived away from my family before, but I have never dealt with a 19 hour time change. New Zealand (depending on when the USA and NZ have time changes) is 19 hours ahead. I was "living in the future", as my friends would say. This can be a real challenge when trying to video chat and stay in contact with friends and family back home. Eventually, I got used to the change and would often call home on Mondays, when my host child was at school and it was Sunday afternoon back in Minnesota.

What is your favorite memory from being an au pair?

The moment my host child called me a "second mummy." I was not expecting to feel so comfortable and at home in another country. I do have a second family in New Zealand now. I am so grateful I decided to become an au pair. It is such a unique and special experience. I've always loved to travel, but living in with a family and becoming a part of a family is an experience like nothing I've ever had before while being abroad!

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