What were your reasons for applying as an au pair?
I wanted to get to know new people and improve my English. I was also
really interested in learning a different culture and to learn from all the good and bad things that can happen.
Tell us about your host family:
Both my host parents work so they're really busy, but they tried to spend as much time as they could with
their kids. The little girl Iooked after just turned 8 and her brother is 11. I had a lot of fun
with the kids. Sometimes it wasn't easy but that's life and everyone has a bad day. Looking back I had the sweetest
kids ever....and I miss them a lot!
Describe the area you lived in:
I lived in Detroit, Michigan. I love the area. There are a lot of nice places to go to. especially the
north of Michigan, which is sooo nice. In Detroit you can go to a lot of malls (of course) and they have a lot of places
to see good concerts.
What did you study and why did you choose the course?
My first class was "Introduction to Film", which was cool becaue I could watch
all the old classical movies and the second calss was a Computer course. This was pretty hard but
i learned some helpful things, including how to create a website!
Tell us about any travelling you did:What have you gained during the
I went to: Chicago, Toronto, Niagara falls, I spent a week at a friends
house in California, visited Cedar Point twice, went to Boston and at the end of my year I went on a 2 week on a
trek - it was awesome.
I gained self-confidence and learnt how to handle
What has been the best experience so far?
The best experience was meeting many different people from different countries.
I made such good friends and I hope I will be in contact with them for a long time. Also I'm really glad that my English improved
a lot over the past year and had the opportunity to travel a lot throught the United States.
How have you been spending you pocket money?
I spend a lot of money on traveling and than of course clothes, shoes etc. but
also just for going out with friends to eat and to the movies......everything you do as an au pair.
If there was one thing that we could have
told you about being an au pair There's nothing I
can think of.
What did you find most challenging about being an au pair?
To be responsible not only for yourself but for the children.