Long-Term Travel Series: Life as an Au Pair

Hey guys! Jess with TWC here. We are releasing a new blog series today called Long-Term Travel! We are going to be featuring different travelers we've met who are traveling for an extended period of time and have found a reliable method to fund their travels as they go! Our hope is that this series will show that it is possible to travel long-term and conquer some of your bucket list without needing a savings account to afford it.

This series will be featuring people who are working online, volunteering for their stay through sites such as Workaway, getting free stays through house sitting, are self-employed, etc! We hope their stories inspire you to create and share your own! If you have found a way to fund your long-term travel and would like to be featured in this series, please email travelwithgavin@gmail.com or go to the Contact page of our website.

For our first blog post of this series, our friend Kass, who we met in Ireland, will be talking about the process she went through to become an Au Pair, her experiences so far, where she has been able to travel while being an Au Pair, and what her daily schedule looks like. You can check out Kass on Instagram at @kasstravelpass and @kassmart92.

And now... here is Kass's story in her own words:

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​Do you want to explore Europe but are not sure how you will do this? Well I am going to tell you how I was able to move to Europe for a year and how I was able to explore this beautiful continent.

First let me introduce myself. My name is Kass. I am 26 years old, and I am living a dream I had never thought would come true. I am currently living in France for a year as an Au Pair. I will be telling you my story about how I became an Au Pair, my experience so far, and my routine on a daily basis.

You might be wondering what an Au Pair is. An Au Pair is a young foreign person who helps with housework and childcare in exchange for food, a room, and some pocket money. Oh, and what's more, an Au Pair can visit other countries during their stay abroad.

The Process to Become an Au Pair:

The process of becoming an Au Pair was not a difficult one. I will be telling you the steps that I took that got me to France. In becoming an Au Pair, I had to research, think about the country that I wanted to go to, and consider the steps I had to take.

Step one: I had to select the country I wanted to go to. So why not go to the city of love? I selected France.

Step two: I created my profile on https://www.aupairworld.com/en. Once I created my profile and filled out the questions that I had to answer, I selected the country where I wanted to go.

Step three: I then looked through multiple host family profiles to see what was the best option for me. Took me a couple of days between sending messages to different families and receiving responses.

Step four: Phew, finally found the perfect host family for me. The family that I am with has four beautiful children, who I not only get to be an Au Pair for but who I get to be a big sister for.

Step five: Came to an agreement with my host parents on schedule, length of stay, pocket money, days off and etc. Once that was done we wrote up a contract with the host parents, which my host mom sent to me very quickly.

Step six: Signed my contract, resent to my host parent, and made a visa appointment with the Embassy that I selected to stay at.

Step seven: Got my visa appointment done and waited for about two weeks to hear back. Kept an eye out for flights.

Step eight: Got my visa back and booked my flight to France.

Step nine: Flew out to France on September 23, 2018 and have been here for about 7 months. Loving this amazing experience as an Au Pair.

The Daily Routine of an Au Pair:

Now I will tell you a little bit about my daily routine. Different families ask for different things. I have a set schedule, and some days I work less hours than others due to vacation time. Where I live, the kids go on vacation every two months for about two weeks. Depending on the time of year, I have to work those two weeks, have a week off, or I watch two out of the four kids during this time.

Monday: My host dad usually takes the kids to school on Monday mornings, so that means my day doesn’t start till about 4:30. While the kids are at school, I go to my French class around 10, and I will be there for about an hour and a half. Once I am done, I relax for the rest of the day and chill out till its time to pick the kids up. So at 4:30 pm, I pick up the kids to school give my host boy his sports bag and bring the girls home. Once we are home, I give the twins a bath, and my oldest host girl eats her gout. Once she's done, she goes and takes a shower while the twins eat their gout. Once the girls are done and play for a while, it's already 6:45 pm, and my host mom has arrived home from work.

Tuesday: My day usually starts at 7:25 am from waking up the twins and making sure that all the kids have eaten their breakfast, teeth brushed, hair made, dressed for school, beds made, shoes on,jackets on and backpacks on. At 8:20 am we walk to school, which is about five minutes from the house. Once I drop of the kids off at school, I walk back home and go back to bed till it’s time to go to my French class. When school is over, I then walk back home and make lunch and hang out till its time to go to school and pick the kids up. At 4:30 pm I go the the school, pick kids up, and walk with them back home. When we are back home, we have snacks and hang out till its time to take the older kids to church. I drop them off and then come back home with the twins and make sure they are bathed before their parents come home. After baths they watch TV, which I let them do on Tuesday while there siblings are at church. Parents get home with the older two, and then