Is there an age past which an Au Pair candidate is just “too old” for you to consider?
We got a note from OlderAP asking:
Would Host Families consider accepting an older au pair?
I am 26 years old. I graduated from university with MSc, extremely good grades, and have childcare experience with children aged 3 days to 6 years. I have lived on my own for five years and spent extended periods abroad in Europe, as well as Africa and the Middle East.
I’m probably a bit more independent and confident in new cultures than an 18 or 19 year old.
But I wonder if host families would think that I am too independent? Would they see my age as an advantage or feel that the relatively small age difference between the HF and AP could impinge on the “spirit” of the program. Maybe think that there is something wrong with the AP that, instead of finding a “good” entry level job she would choose being an AP?
While I have a good education, the job prospects in my country are not very good right now. And, I still want the chance to strengthen my English and broaden my life experience before I start a “career”.
I’d love to know what host families think about an older au pair.