Au pair in Germany
Become an au pair in Germany

Explore Germany, learn a new language, make international friends and see a whole new world through the eyes of your German children.

 
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Annalise, au pair in Iserlohn since 2016

My name is Annalise Kraus. Yes, I know...an American girl with a German name. Ironically, it seemed only fitting that I fly across the pond in search for how to incorporate my German heritage into my young-adult life.

This year of German-American Friendship is a bit of an understatement for all the incredible experiences my relationship with Germany and its people have given me. As I reflect on the major life changes that have happened over the last few years, I couldn’t be more content with my decision to leave behind the negativity and what I felt was missing in my life in search of this new adventure.  Through AuPairCare, Ayusa International e.V., the organizing agency which matched me with my German host family back in 2015, I was given the chance to not only be a part of my host family's life but for them to become a part of mine as well.

Since my arrival, we have gone through so much together: we’ve cried together, we’ve laughed together, and we’ve probably wanted to kill each other a few times as well. But that’s what it means to be a family. You see the most vulnerable sides of each other and you make each other better. It is about growing and learning to be “Wunderbar together.” We spent many wonderful vacations and weekends together. They came quickly to rely on me and I depended on them as well. I worked incredibly hard to create everlasting bonds with their two children and now I can confidently say that I have a unique relationship with both of them. We found a perfect medium between authoritative discipline, cross-culture education, understanding and genuine fun.

The end of 2016 signified the end of my official au pair stay. As I reflect on those 12 months, I will never forget or take for granted how much my host family has become a huge part of my life, nor how they embraced me as an extended member of their family from the very beginning. We have created so many memories together and because of their generosity and kindness, I have experienced more than I could ever imagine.

Because of incredible circumstances, perfect timing and influences in the right place at the right time, I am currently fully employed with a job I love in the town where I spent my au pair year. I now live about a 10-minute drive away and I still get to be with my host family numerous times a week. After getting teary eyed from the thought of my departure from Germany, leaving my friends and my new little European life, an offer such as this was so genuine and heartfelt, I couldn’t possibly turn it down.

It might sound cliche, but I really truly believe that my host family and I were meant to cross paths when we did. Neither of us probably realized it upon my arrival in 2016, but we were both looking for something that could only be found in each other. Every morning when I wake up, I am ready to bring on the day and continue to show my host family and my new circle of German friends that their generosity and humility has changed my life forever, for the better. I am continuing to mold into the person I am meant to be, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the role they continue to play on that journey.