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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Roseannas Statement: „Choose family over location – not the other way around!“

When I first decided I wanted to au pair in Germany I knew exactly where I wanted to go. Düsseldorf! Not the biggest or most exciting city in Germany but I knew people who lived there. 

I had it all figured out. I would arrive in Düsseldorf and meet up with my friends. They'd take me under their wing, introduce me to their friends and I'd go to all their favourite places. Everything would be done for me.

One tiny problem was stopping my plans from working. There were no families in Düsseldorf looking for an au pair at the time of my application. 

I began talking with a family. They didn't live in Düsseldorf, or any of the other towns surrounding it. They lived a 3 hour drive away. Not ideal if I wanted to hang out with my friends but the family were so incredibly nice. We had our first Skype and it just felt right. There was a connection and they were basically everything I was looking for. I made sure to ask if they were ok with me taking trips and how it would work with taking time off. I figured if I wasn't going to be living in Düsseldorf I at least wanted the opportunity to visit. 

I had a decision to make. Was it going to be waiting for any family to come up in the area I wanted or go for the family I loved but didn't live anywhere near where I wanted?

For me what I wanted from my au pair experience was to be included in a family, to help and see their children grow up and to experience a new culture. That's when it was clear. You need to choose a family to get all these experiences so that's exactly what I did. Chose the family over my ideal location.

Now after a year and a half with my au pair family I seriously would not have changed a thing. They are the kindest, most generous, nicest family I could have ever imagined myself finding. I've been on holidays with them, we've celebrated birthdays together along with Christmas and other holidays. I've got to be there when the kids have met new milestones and seen the pride and happiness in their face. I've been there through all the good and the bad times and that is what makes the idea of eventually having to leave them that much harder.

Looking back now I'm glad I didn't end up in Düsseldorf. Not only wouldn't I have matched with my great family I realised I would have relied on the people I knew there too much. Like I said I would have had everything organised for me. Although it is a little terrifying to think about moving to a place you know nothing about or no one there it is also very exciting. You get to discover all these places and find friends along the way. I learnt how to do this on my own and my newfound independence is something I'm incredibly proud. As my time here in Germany comes to end I'm leaving this experience feeling confident that I really can do anything and I'm ready to start on the next chapter of my life.