Au pair, in simple words, can be defined as a young person signing up for a nanny work overseas for cultural exchange. Au pair is a great way of moving to another country for a couple of years and experience a new culture. A lot of young Colombians in the recent past have been inclining towards this option and have moved to the land of opportunities – USA. If you have also stumbled across this opportunity and are considering to work as an au pair in the US, there are a few things that you must know before you leave for Colombia. Here in this article, I have mentioned a few of those:
Always Keep an Open Mind
When you move to another country with another family, it is only fair for you to keep an open mind. Colombian culture is different than US culture, so there will be several things you will need to change. You will also need to have a good command of the English language. As an au pair, you will be mostly taking care of their children, so the family will expect you to speak in the English language with them instead of Spanish. Also, there will be several cultural differences that you will need to overcome, and that can only be done by keeping an open mind.
Patience is the Key
Patience is very important when you are moving to another place. There will be things like bank accounts, social security number and other legal processes that will really bore you. Also when you move with an au pair, do not expect the family to immediately accept you as a part of the family or be comfortable with you. These things happen spontaneously and take time, and that is why patience is the key to be successful there.
Manage Your Money Carefully
When you are moving to another country, it is essential for you to manage your money properly. If you are coming before getting an au pair job, then you must bring in some savings. Also, when you are working as an au pair, what you will get pay and how much you will have to spend depends on the family you are living with. Some will have you pay for certain things yourselves, while others might be generous enough to pay for everything. This way you can also save your salary. You can send the saved money back home to your family as well. There are several money transfer services that let you transfer money to a Colombia bank account. This way you can easily send money back to your parents or siblings.
You Will Have Many Good Days, But a Few Bad Days As Well
Working as an au pair is not that easy. When you are away from home for a long period, you can get melancholic. You will feel disconnected as well sometimes. But remember, you will have more fun days than sad days. You should also sign up for social media if you are not already using it. It will be a great way of keeping in touch with your friends and family back in Colombia.