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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Au pair Willem’s experiences in Germany

Willem's au pair experiences in Germany

Willem from South Africa, au pair in the Karlsruhe region in 2010/2011

Germany, the heart of Europe! - I was looking for adventure and a chance to travel, meet new people, and learn a third language! The urge to see some of the world and the call of adventure has always been on my mind, and I have been planning on taking a GAP year after school for as long as I can remember.

I was looking for adventure and a chance to travel, meet new people, and learn a third language! The urge to see some of the world and the call of adventure has always been on my mind, and I have been planning on taking a GAP year after school for as long as I can remember.

When I finally came to the end of my final year of school and the world laid open before me I had to take the opportunities as they came, The chance to be an au pair dawned before me and since I have some experience with children and my 5 own siblings, It certainly was the easiest way to get my foot into Europe. Once i arrived I instantly knew i had made the best choice possible! Together with AYUSA and my home agency OVC I had been set up with what looked like a great and promising family. I was greeted by the airport and was Hartley welcomed by two bright red heads and a very friendly little face. After escaping the Car park I enjoyed a scenic drive home, my first real world look at Europe, I could hardly believe my eyes. Coming from the Highveld of South Africa, woods and forests in such magnitude where something completely new to me! Arriving home i was shown my room, complete with internet access, a stereo, a balcony and a bookshelf. All very welcoming. My host family has been very helpful straight from day one, getting me enrolled at the local community school ''Volkshochschule'' for German classes and providing all of the support that i needed to start settling in. My little girl who I am taking care of quickly forgot about her shyness and made her first big move on me about a week after i first arrived, by asking if she could touch my long curly hair! It was very sweet and a real gem of a moment for me. Building from that day forth we have grown very close together and now i am the one who she hides behind when strangers visit.

Being the first male Au pair in this region has been nothing short of a fantastic adventure! Luckily AYUSA has been of great help every step of the way, a month or so after I arrived we were called upon by our local AYUSA representative and Yvonne sure left us with a great impression, motivation and a fantastic welcoming package. I have been kept in touch with all other au pairs in my region and have met some of them for lovely weekend trips to their host cities and even a day road tripping through the black forest. Snow! Oh what a marvellous form of precipitation, for the first time in my live I was covered from head to toe in this stuff! A white Christmas like I have always dreamed of.

Socially I would have to say that becoming friend with other foreigners (Ausländer) is a LOT easier than becoming friends with Germans, since the language, culture and country is new to all of us. I have made many good friends through my German classes and I have even had the opportunity to visit one of these friends in her home country of France, what an absolutely unforgettable experience that was! Furthermore on traveling, I will be visiting Amsterdam in the coming weeks as well as Berlin and Paris. Germany is ideally located in central Europe so you can visit all the surrounding countries at ease!

Comparing my family, working conditions and pay to that of fellow Au pairs who opted for the option of taking a job without the help of an agency I am just reminded every day of the difference that makes, having a clear open and well understood contract and being insured that the agency already checked out your prospective host family and your living quarters really put my mind at ease in south Africa and here it ensures that I have a great relationship with my family! While light household tasks certainly is not the best way to occupy oneself it is so easily overshadowed by the incredible opportunity of all this life experience!

My days are flying past and the end of my contract looms on the horizon , I will be sad to leave this new little nest that I call my second home as well as my incredible family , but most of all my little darling child , All the days that we have spent at playgrounds , walking to kindergarten , sleighing in the winter ,baking fresh cookies to surprise mommy when she returns from work , planting herbs , reading both English and German books  and discovering new games , words and pictures. It will be her that i miss the most, she has delved deep into my heart and I have come to love her.
I will be making the most of this little time that i have left and see as much of Europe while i still can.

I guess that the day will dawn much too soon where I will have handed over the ropes to the next Au pair and be on my merry way back home. It has been a fantastic experience from day one and I don’t regret for a second coming here. I definitely plan on returning as soon as I can, and I hope to always keep contact with my ''Other'' family.