AU-PAIR Q&A: Daily life of an Au-pair

There we are. My fifth and for now last blog post of my Au-Pair Q&A series. The first four are linked hereherehere and here if you want to check them out.

I really hope you enjoy this last one and I can help some of you with my answers. Please, feel always free to ask me questions! That’s why I am here 🙂

But now, let’s jump into the last part of my Au-Pair Q&A.


H O W   M U CH   D O W N   T I M E   DO   Y O U   G E T   T O   E X P L O R E ?

The first few weeks when I arrived I got a lot of down time from my host family to explore. They gave me enough time to adapt to the new environment which I am so thankful for. I worked together with their recent nannies which was a huge help, on the one hand regarding the kids, of course, but on the other hand also with exploring the city etc.

Also now, I would say, I have enough free time to explore, meet friends, do what I love in my free time. A great help is also that I can use one of their cars whenever it is available, which is so nice of them and which I don’t take as granted.

W H A T   A B O U T   Y O U R   F R E E   T I M E   –   D O   Y O U R   H O S T   P A R E N T S   M A K E   Y O U   L O O K   A F T E R   T H E   K I D S   E V E N   D U R I N G   Y O U R   F R E E   T I M E ?

No, they don’t. Of course, I play with them or help out but they never make me do it. I always do it because I want to. What I do is helping with cleaning up the kitchen etc. even though I am off, but I mean, I am part of the family, right? At home I would help, so I want to do the same here as well.

W H A T   E L S E   D O   Y O U   H A V E   T O   D O   B E S I D E S   L O O K I N G   A F T E R   T H E   K I D S ?

At first, let me tell you what my work consists of when it’s kids related.

In the morning, I make sure the kids got enough breakfast, do their lunches if it’s required, get them dressed and ready for school. After I dropped both off I am cleaning the kitchen and where it’s required. I also do their laundry and their sheets.

What I love to do is taking our dog out for a walk but I do it because I love it and not because I am asked to do so.

After I picked them up from school, I make them some snacks and then we usually play, do crafts etc.

At the evening I usually take a little quite time before dinner and the help with cleaning up. I like this work (again: I do it because I like doing it, not because I am asked to do it) because for me it’s calming and I like catching up with my host mom.

So, you can see, that besides looking after the kids, I do some household stuff, most of the time cleaning and laundry. But I don’t mind doing it because I am part of the family and at home I would do the same.

D O   Y O U   H A V E   S C H E D U L E D   W O R K   H O U R S ?

I have! I am usually working 30 hours a week (sometimes a little bit more, when a kid is sick or there is a special occasion). At the moment I work Monday till Thursday plus Sunday, usually  six hours a day.

Which means I have Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon off which is really nice and I like working the hours I do at the moment.

W O U L D   Y O U   R E C O M M E N D   C A N A D A   A S   A   C O U N T R Y ?

I definitely would. I love Canada. As you might know from my first Q&A (linked here) I always wanted to go to the United States as an Au-Pair but I am happy I didn’t. I know it would have been great, too, but I like that Canada is not that common, I like the Canadians and that they remind me of Americans but still are different.

Also, the nature is phenomenal and in my opinion it is a great catch for a gap year.

But, again, that is my opinion and you always have to do what suits you. So choose the country you are really interested in and which you are most excited about to visit. You will not regret it, doesn’t matter which one you choose.

W H A T   W O U L D   Y O U   D O   D I F F E R E N T   F R O M   T H E   T H I N G S   W H I C H   A L R E A D Y   H A P P E N E D ? 

Good question. I think if I could give advises to me before I came here, I would tell me that I don’t have to think so much. All will be well.

I think I would tell me that I should enjoy the first few weeks more and get out of my comfort zone because it’s so worth it.

So, basically, think less and enjoy more.


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I hope you enjoyed the questions and my answers of my last Q&A. If you have any other questions, just ask me here or on instagram 🙂

Have a good time and see you soon!

xo Franziska