Being an au pair has it perks, but there are a few challenges to face. Moving to a new country where the national language is one you’re not familiar with and being away from home can be tough. Meeting new people can also be difficult. On top of that, the possibility of having problems with your host family is frightening, but with the right network, the process of adjustment could be much easier.
Being part of an au pair community is part of a survivalist’s checklist for new placements. Networking through websites is helpful, but nothing compares to having the physical presence of the community in your city. You can do this just by downloading a social networking app on your smartphone to connect with other au pairs around you.
Whether the host family provides a smartphone or not, like most women from the ages 18 to 26, au pairs are attached to technology. When Gaming Realms, operators of mobile casino brand PocketFruity, shared that mobile internet is among the most powerful trends on the internet landscape, it was in reference to growing number of smartphone owners. Last year, smartphone penetration for 18 to 24 year-olds, the age of most of au pairs, was at 80%, the highest across all age demographics. From translating local speak, locating establishments for free wifi, or keeping in touch with loved ones back phone, your smartphone will always be there to assist you.
As mentioned, you can also use your device to find a local au pair community. It’s so important that when you’re living abroad that you have face-to-face interactions with people outside of your host family, and finding friends that are on the same journey as you will certainly make you feel more at home. AuPairsAround is an app for getting in touch with au pairs that live in the same city as you. It’s a simple, yet sophisticated app, and very easy to use. Once you’re done with your profile, the map feature will show you other au pairs in the area. From their, you can choose to chat with them, check out the cultural scene together, or meet up to discuss difficulties you’re having with the host family. Whatever your reason may be for meeting fellow au pairs, this is an effective way to make new friends.
So before you venture off on your new job and host family, or if you’re currently having a hard time meeting new people, grab the free travel app today from the App Store.