What our Au Pairs say

What our Au Pairs say

Ga?lle is currently an au pair in New Zealand
(Te Awamutu, since October 15)

Hi there,
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Ga?lle and AntoniaI?m an au pair here in New Zealand since end of October and I will stay till the end of april. My host family is?living on a farm in Te Awamutu which is about 45 minutes from Hamilton.?I am looking after three children: Briana is 4, Malachi is 2 and Levi is 7 months old. My day with them starts in the mornings preparing breakfast and getting Briana ready for preschool. While Briana is in preschool, I look after the two boys and do some household.
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When I was told that my host family is living on a farm, I first was a little bit worried that I could feel alone. But it is actually really nice living here! As my host parents work in the same place as they are living, they come home quiet often. So I usually don?t have the kids for a long time on my own. That helped me a lot to feel quiet fast at home because I can also spend more time with my host parents and I don’t feel like a nanny, but like a part of the family.?Another thing about living on a farm is that you can do lots outside with the kids. We have so much space here, we play together on their playground, go on a walk on the farm, draw with chalks and so on.
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And I already met a lot of people here. Sure, you can not meet your neighbors as easily as in a city and there are not as many au pairs. But there are lots of backpackers and au pairs everywhere in New Zealand and most people are open-minded, so you just have to go on a trip to meet new people.
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When I have time off, I usually go on trips to explore New Zealand. I am happy that I made the decision to come here and I am thankful for my host family, the people I met and the experiences I already made. I can recommend working as an au pair here in New Zealand to everyone. It?s a great experience and don?t be afraid to go to a farming family 🙂