Living your life as au pair in America is for everyone different. For some people it is amazing and for others it is much harder. If you’re considering of becoming an au pair you might want to know how it is to be an au pair. Thats why I decided to interview au pairs and ask them about their experience. This week I interviewed Saskia who lives in Lynnwood, Washington. Saskia takes care of two older girls and she loves it so much that she is going to extend with the same family for her second year. Saskia gave me some tips & tricks about feeling comfortable as an au pair.
Hey, My name is Saskia Unbereit, I am sweet and fresh 19 years old and I’m from Germany. Before I came to the United States I worked as a coach for children. I thought children from age 3 to 12 how to begin with sports and dance. Currently I am staying in Seattle and I have been her for almost a year. I take care of two lovely girls age 7 and 9. I’m also extending with my current host family and will stay another awesome year with them.
Why did you became an au pair?
I was browsing on my phone on day and an add popped up on my screen: What state is your perfect fit (or something like that ) and I had to click on it! The quiz was really disappointing, not going to lie. The idea of going to America got stuck in my head though so I started to research. I found a lot of options and so much information to read. No thanks! I closed the laptop and forgot about it. A couple months later I spend my laptop again and saw the same add. It felt like a sign to me so I decided to research a bit more. Then I found the perfect fit for me: Au pair! Travel to a different country, live in a new culture, meet locals, take care of kids and get paid.
What do you like most about your host family?
I love the connection I have with my host parents. They treat my like their own and genuinely care about me. They helped me to come out of my shell and be my best self!
What is the biggest struggle you’ve had so far?
The start of my first year was really tuff. One of my girls has a lot of sensibilities and was really emotionally unstable. Some days we had 10 timeouts a day. A lot of unsafe behaviours like being unsafe with bodies and things. That really emotionally drains me. With a lot of consistency we got that under control and now she is such a sweetheart.
What is your favorite part of America?
I love that you can find almost every food from every culture you want. I am a big foody and I enjoy a good meal and the portions are huge so you will never be hungry.
My favourite place to go is definitely the beach. No matter what beach or a lake you are going to it is going to be beautiful. I have a high appreciation for nature and I got really lucky to be so close to it.
And what are you still not used too?
I am still not used to how introverted and rude people can be. I am from a small little town were everybody is greeting each other, so people not talking to me feels strange. It takes them a long time to warm up to you but when they do they are super friendly and loving.
I also don’t really appreciate how boys treat you here. Don’t get me wrong there are definitely some boys who treat you like you deserve but most of them only want you for there personal entertainment and only for a short period of time because you are ‘exotic’.
What was your favorite trip?
My host Familie took me to a trip to lake Quinault. We stayed in the Quinault lodge in a beautiful room with lake view. It was such an amazing bonding experience with the whole family. We spent every evening outside until sunset, we sat around bonfires, went kayaking, had a amazing tour through the forest, went fishing, visited waterfalls and had amazing family time. After we came back from our trip I felt like a true part of the family.
Which app is fundamental for an au pair?
Google maps! I have such a bad memory and Google maps helps my a lot with all the different plaices I have to bring my host kids. Streets here can be really confusing and this app saved my butt so many times.
What are you going to do when you get back home?
To be honest I have no idea. I will probably go back to school. Something creative I guess. Before that I want to spent time with my friends and family for sure and decently more traveling. My goal is to travel the whole world and live the best life possible.
What is your ultimate tip for future and current au pairs?
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Be yourself and enjoy your time as a Au pair. It’s a awesome opportunity to make friends all over the globe. Be openminded, you will definitely struggle sometime because sadly live is not a fairy tail. You will go through some tuff times but beliefe me it will be okey. Don’t be afraid to talk about your problems. If you need help ask for help. Nobody here will judge you.
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