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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Paulina from Mexico 2019/20

Being an au pair has changed my life. It has developed me into the person I am today, a better version of myself. It has taught me so many incredible things and I have grown a lot in the last five months. There are many reasons why I chose Germany as my host country. The main reason is that I have German citizenship. That's why I didn't want to come only as an observer, but to live in a German home to adjust to the country.

Before I got on the plane that took me so far away from home, there were a few months with an overwhelming mixture of emotions: anticipation, excitement, uncertainty, fear. I felt like I was on a roller coaster in my stomach just before the plane took off, with no idea what to expect. But unexpectedly, as soon as I got off the plane and discovered my host family waiting for me at the airport, all the uncertainty was suddenly gone. I finally stopped being nervous and started to find my balance.

It takes some courage to decide on an au pair year and to get involved in everything about it, but you learn so much. I am much more responsible and patient than before. I have improved this thanks to two little people: Leon and Sarah. I see things with completely different eyes. When I take care of my guest children, I have to pay attention to the small details of the world, not only for myself but also for them. Even my German improves because of them, when I read a book to them and fight with a word and they correct me.

Being an au pair means to panic briefly every time you have to deliver the children to the doctor on the other side of town. Driving them in the morning when they take an incredibly long time to eat their cereal or put on their shoes. Making sure they wear their jackets in winter and sunscreen in summer. To pamper them with their favourite snack (in our case dried apricots) and food (Maultaschen). To always deliver two children and a cuddly bunny to the day care centre. Laughter, screaming, Oscar-suspected performances. Accept that Leon always wears socks and Sarah always wears dresses and no socks as soon as she finds an opportunity. Even in winter. The difficulty in persuading one of them to brush their teeth. to consider "Peppa Pig" and "Paw Patrol" as new favorite shows. Being asked every five minutes for "Bubbles". And so much more!

I was lucky to find a family with whom I not only live under one roof, but with whom I also have a place at the table. I have become so accustomed to the evening conversations with my host mother Kerstin after the children have fallen asleep.
I am not the same person I used to be in a good sense. I am more aware of who I am and where I stand. I have contact with so many people and have many new friends that I can't imagine my life without. I do more sports and my language skills are getting better and better. It feels like I have also developed further in the past, but now I know where to go.

This experience will always have a special place in my heart. I am so proud of what I have found here and I will always appreciate it. For me, venturing an au pair year means moving away from your comfort zone and then realizing that everything will be fine if you are only willing to improvise a little bit on the way.