Here’s a rare kind of email– a topic we have never discussed before. I keep thinking there are none of these left, and then >boom< one of them lands in my inbox.
I‘m currently working as a nanny. I would really really love to come and do an au pair year in America. I love reading your blog and hearing the employers side and point of view and was wondering if you could help me tap into the sage advice of the experienced host moms.
A bit of background about me: I’m from (an English-speaking country) originally and I’ve just turned 25. I have a psychology degree, and have been nannying since I finished my degree in 2011. I’ve nannied in London and in the the Middle East. I did a season as a summer camp counselor in the midwest and loved living in the USA.
I’d love to come and do another year. I am conscious of the fact that I only have until I turn 27 to do so and I’m also aware that with my current choice of careers an au pair visa really is the only way into the States for me.
In this respect I really would be using the programe because I want to come to America for a year (I don’t need to improve my English or anything like that). I know that families don’t like it when an au pair just wants to come and live in America for a year so that makes me worried. With my passports I can go pretty much anywhere in the world to work and America is one of the places I want to go to and can’t without the au pair program.
In terms of ‘being part of the family’ (a huge aspect of the program and something I see discussed here a lot) I’m looking for a balance. I don’t want to be in a families pocket all the time but I’m not looking to race out the door the minute I’m off either – I am happy to chat over dinner most nights of the week or head to the local pool/park for a picnic.
In some ways I would be an easy candidate because many of the worries that host families have about candidates I’ve already worked through/ wouldn’t be an issue for example: I live in already (have been a live in nanny since 2012), have lived away from home, 45 hours will be less than I currently work and I am a nanny so I know what its like to spend all day with a baby (or a baby and a toddler).
I currently look after a 4 month old baby (so would qualify for the extraordinaire program?) and would be looking to start the program in September when my current position finishes.
So I guess my question is would I be able to have a successful year? Would a family be interested in hosting me? Or am I setting myself up for disappointment?
Sorry, now I’ve written it out there seems like a whole bunch of information some of which may not be super relevant but you will know better than I.
Thanks so much
Parents, I will sell her email address to the highest bidder. (Who says there’s no way to monetize this blog!)