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Anyone Nearby?? [01 Oct 2013|01:04am]
Hi I'm an au pair in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, from September 2013 - May 2014 and was just wondering if there are any other au pairs nearby? Or if there are any au pairs who would like to meet up in mutual places like Pamplona, Madrid etc. Also, is there anyone out there who could give me advice on how to ask my host family to buy more fruit/veg? Not saying a lot, just that at the minute, the majority of the food I have been eating has been processed food and I have never been a food snob before (ever!) but the lack of nutrition in my diet is starting to show physically and mentally :( so any advice on how to ask them for a bit of healthier grub? Thanks!
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Calgary Aupairs [17 Sep 2013|09:09am]
Just wondering if anyone is Aupairing in Calgary Canada. I got here three weeks ago and i am here until end of February 2014. I'm a 20 year old female from Australia.
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Anyone in or near Murcia? [27 Aug 2013|05:36pm]
I'm currently au pairing in Murcia (spain) and am here till June 2014. Is there anyone else au pairing near here? I'd love to meet some people to have someone to travel with and stuff. I've ony been here 5 days and my Spanish isn't brillint at the moment!
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Au Pairing [20 Jun 2012|11:02am]
Hey, my name is Sinead, I am twenty years old and from Ireland. I am au pairing this summer for June and July in Zaragoza, Spain. I would love to meet other au pairs so please feel free to contact me if you are near or in the area!

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My family is going on holidays... [30 May 2012|05:13pm]

Hello, I'm an au-pair in Ireland, I've been here since March and luckily I'm pretty happy with my family.

But now my host family just told me that they are going on holidays for two weeks in August and I'm like... What about me?I tried talking with the au-pair that was here before me or the ones around me right now, but none of them have seen themsekves with this problem and I don't know what to do.

What am I suppossed to do in those two weeks?

Do they think that I'll be going back home (I think she thinks I am, but it's way too expensive, and I've told her)? Will I get paid during those two weeks? Can I stay int he house? What about food?

I should ask but I don't know how to start that conversation? What if she tells me that I won't get paid those two weeks or that I can't stay in the house?
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Anyone from Newcastle and/or around Newcastle? [28 May 2012|12:34pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Hi :)

I've been lucky enough to find an au pair family and I'm going to live with them from August 25th (excited!!) 

I've been looking a bit into language courses, but I don't really need English courses to be honest. I know my English isn't a 100 % perfect, but I consider myself rather fluent in English. So, I looked into German and Spanish courses, but as much as I'd like to improve my German and Spanish, I'd also like to get to know other au pairs - and I probably won't find them going to German and Spanish courses! (The fact that language courses are insanely expensive is irrelevant right now).

Today, I stumbled upon this community, and though it may be a long shot, I thought that there may be someone in this community who's also going to Newcastle upon Tyne, or someone who's already there!

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Girl from Spain [15 Oct 2011|07:13pm]

Hi, I'm Syd. 22 year old girl from Spain.

I've been considering taking a break from my studies for a year (I'm finishing University now, and want to wait a bit to start the project).

I wanted to work as an aupair because I love kids and it would be an amazing way to improve my spoken english.

I was thikning about going somewhere in the UK, but I don't really know how to go about this. I've been looking at some agencies but obviously, how do I know which one is best? That's why I was wondering if someone could point me in the right direction.

I have experience with kids, so that's not a problem.
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I am looking for work [12 Aug 2011|09:22pm]

Good language skills: 

Basic language skills
English, German, Ukrainian

My name is Oleg. I am funny bearded guy.

I have higher education. I am a teacher of Russian language and literature. I want to get a second degree in the Department of Modern Literature in Moscow, but for this I need to know English to a higher level.

I have experience working with children. I have worked in schools and Pioneer camps.

A place for Au-Pair is not important, because any experience is valuable.

I have no bad habits. I'm an athlete, playing soccer in an amateur league. 
I am a poet.
I love photography.
I love the unconventional musical instruments: didgeridoo, сomus (khomus, vurgan, kubyz).
I love to read books by Eduard Limonov, Zahar Prilepin Dmitry Prigov, Michael Elizarova, Vladimir Sorokin, Viktor Pelevin, Sergey Dovlatov, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Milorad Pavic, Yukio Mishima, Moliere, Ray Bradbury, Thomas Moore, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Frederic Beigbeder, Michel Houellebecq.
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[10 Apr 2011|04:58am]


I am a 26 year-old from Russia and want to work as an Au-Pair to the United States. Just wanted to ask whether it's true that you have to have an educational degree and at least 6 monts driving history to get a visa or it's a false information?

Is it possible for me to get a job?

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Au pairing for multiple families [09 Mar 2011|04:24pm]

Hello all

I've got two questions that hopefully someone can answer.

1. Is it allowed to au pair for more than one family during your stay? Not at the same time, of course- rather, could you au pair for one family for, say, 3 months, and then go au pair for a second family for a longer period of time?

I'm looking to au pair in France and have had offers from multiple families for different lengths of time so I was wondering if this was possible. I've looked on numerous au pair sites and haven't been able to find any information on this.

2. Long stay visas for au pairs in France are meant for one year, but I've read that they can be extended. Is this true? Has anyone ever done this?

(PS- I'm American, if that makes a difference to anyone's answer.)

Thanks in advance!
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Au pair in France [12 Jan 2011|06:35pm]

Hello everyone!

I am an American and am looking to au pair in France. I've only just begun my search for an agency and feel pretty overwhelmed. I'm hoping some of you might be able to answer a few general questions.

1. What agencies have you all used?? I've found some very specific ones on UFAAP's site, but then there's also the larger ones like GreatAuPair. Any recommendations?
2. How likely is it to be able to au pair in a specific location in the country?
3. Just out of curiosity, about how long did it take for you to get everything set up, from joining an agency to finding a family to actually going there?

Thank you so much for your help!

(x posted to au_pair and au_pairs)
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[04 Dec 2010|02:37pm]

Hello fellow au pairs. I am an au pair in France. My contract is for one year. I just got here two months ago (almost three) and my health insurance has not come through yet. I had to go to the doctors a few weeks ago and got a prescription. My other au pair friends' families pay for all of their medicine all the time no matter what so I just assumed that was standard. Well I gave my host parents the receipt for my doctors visit and for my prescription and they reimbursed me. Now today, two weeks later, the host mother sat me down and decided that she no longer wanted to pay for my doctors visits or prescriptions.

To other au pairs (especially those working in France...) do you guys pay for your own medicine? This was more than just a common cold. Do you pay for your own doctors visits? I make 80 euros a week which isn't much compared to some of my friends so it angers me that their families pay for everything and they also make so much more than me.
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Recollections from Ukraine [30 Nov 2010|06:21pm]

 Nostalgia. Homesickness. We render service of sending from Ukraine of things and subjects which are connected with any recollections.

"Everywhere we are surrounded with recollections. They are kept not only in photos, but also in a crucifix presented by mum, in the watch presented by the father, in the trinket for the keys, presented by the best friend. Recollections are kept in a dusty chest on an attic of the rural house to which, at times, many long years you are afraid to approach, that the mortal melancholy on the past has not strangled… "
Evgeniy Novikov

What give us recollections? First of all, possibility again to endure those moments of life which have left impress on our memory.
Any were for a long time, any recently.
Any were pleasant, any is not present.
But the majority of distant corners of our memory are filled by something warm, soft, smelling, tasty...

It is my project. www.nostalgiaukraine.com
Even if you do not concern to Ukraine, but want to receive a souvenir - please write.
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Going to Spain in 2 weeks! [21 Jul 2010|06:38pm]

Hello, everyone!

A while ago I've accepted a position in Valencia (Spain) for 5-6 weeks and I'm going in 2 weeks. My job is to look after the kids (boy and girl, 7 and 5 years old) when the parents are at work (7:30-15:00) and keep my room and their room in order; afternoons and weekends are ''mine''.
I'm super excited, but also a bit nervous, so I'd appreciate any tips/advice you have.

I have a few questions:
  • PACKING - What to take? I have no idea what I should bring with me. I guess clothes (how many, though?), laptop, phone, camera, iPod, make up and this is where my ideas end, lol. I have never been away from home for more than 1 week, so I'm not sure what I'll need. Maybe something specific, considering I'm going as an au pair?
  • ACTIVITIES - Do you have any suggestions how I could spend the time with the kids when the parents are at work, besides going out etc.? I speak Spanish and I'll speak Spanish to the whole family, but they mentioned that they would like the kids to start getting familiar with English (although they are not very excited about that), so I thought I could maybe include English in some of the games or something. I have yet to figure out how, though.
  • ANYTHING ELSE THAT I HAVEN'T MENTIONED HERE BUT IT'S IMPORTANT - I honestly don't even know what should I know to be prepared.
Thanks in advance! (And if anyone else is working as an au pair in Spain, feel free to contact me!)

ETA: BTW, I'm European. ;)
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[13 Jul 2010|02:45pm]

Hey guys, it's me again. I am trying to get all the paperwork sorted out for my stay in France. The family tried faxing me the "contrat de travail" today so that I could sign and fill out certain parts and mail it back to them so they could turn it in. Unfortunately, the fax did not go through and they are on vacation for the next two weeks.

Can anyone please link me to the place where I could print out a contrat de travail? One appropriate for an au pair of course. I have searched the department of labor's website and also the DDTEFP's website as well. I just want to be able to print it out quickly and mail it to them so the process goes through as fast as possible. Thank you!
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[08 Jul 2010|08:27pm]

A question for American au pairs. While you were au pairing in Europe, what kind of healthcare did you receive? I know the family is responsible for buying healthcare for their au pair. I have juvenile diabetes so healthcare is a pretty big issue for me. With the healthcare they gave you were doctors appointments free? How much were prescriptions? I will be working in France this September.
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[03 Jul 2010|07:47pm]

Hello au pairs! I had a question for you. I am an American about to accept a position in Lille, France. The stipend offered is 80 Euros per week. However language courses are going to end up costing me about 40 euros each week, or 50% of my salary!

So I guess my question to you all is... how much did your family pay you? And how much did your language lessons set you back? Did any of your families help pay for the lessons?

I think if I were to pay for the lessons, I could make it on 40 euros per week, but it would all probably go towards entertainment and the weekend. I don't know how I am going to save anything up to travel with.

I would love to hear all of your financial experiences.
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Questions about Visas & Au pairing [02 Jun 2010|01:10am]
I'm going to Paris to study at Université Paris Sorbonne-Paris IV from early Sept to Dec. My pre-enrollment is done. However, I don't know if I should apply for a student, au pair, or try to get a regular working visa. The problem has to do with the fact that I'll need some way to make money while I'm there, but I doubt I'll be able to find a family to take me for just one semester. Most of the families I've see online want someone for no less than a full year and a lot of agencies I've spoken with are saying the same thing. I have plans after going to Paris, so staying for a year isn't an option.

-I've considered applying for a student visa, but I heard that you can't accept work until you get a 'carte de sejour' which they won't give you until you've been there for 2-3 months. (Again, almost the entire time I'm going to be there for.) Is it possible to apply for this when you first arrive, but work while it's being processed?

-I heard about people doing private English lessons as a way to make money. Is this viable? Would I make enough to cover groceries, metro card, etc doing something like this? Is the French Gov going to bust me for it?

-My permanent address is in Louisiana, but I'm currently on an internship in L.A. Would it be possible for me to get my visa from the L.A. office, or do I need to go to the Louisiana one? Also, can I apply for my Visa via mail?
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Au pair/student visa in France, changing or extending it? Help! [29 May 2010|10:35pm]

Hey everyone, I am currently working as an au pair in France, and I'm debating on working for the family again, or trying to find a job and get my own place. My problem is the visa. If I have a student visa that is good until the beginning of the fall, is it possible for me to change or extend it into a working visa? I've heard one has three months past the visa date to leave the country. I've also heard to change the visa, it is necessary to fly back to the US and reapply, true/false? If I show up at some job with a student visa, are they going to tell me 'oh, well we can't hire you, it's just a student visa and you're only allowed to work _____ hours'? Or, if I am hired someplace, will I be allowed to stay after getting employment?

What happens if I stay in France past when the visa is valid? Honestly, I'm scared to ask the actual French consulate/visa people. But, if any of you can provide some insight or maybe experiences with those questions, please let me know. It would be greatly, greatly appreciated as I have to make this decision soon and there don't seem to be a lot of solid answers! Merci d'avance!
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