Advice For New Arrivals From Local InterExchange Au Pairs


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During a recent Cluster meeting I asked our current au pairs what advice or ideas they would have for incoming au pairs in this area – especially since we have four arriving in the next three weeks! Here are their thoughts:

I was glad I packed/brought:

  • Medicines from home, laptop, cellphone & favorite candy/snack
  • Fun things to see in New York (during training):
  • Times Square, City Tour – not much time for anything else!

To get settled in your new Host Family’s home:

  • Bring the children/family gifts from your country (candy, small toys, etc.)
  • Talk a lot – just dive in and try your English
  • Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions
  • Explore your new neighborhood
  • Good advantage if previous or nearby au pair can show you around

If/when you get homesick:

  • Go out, do something
  • Find activities: Gym, school classes, etc. Be busy!
Tauryn Beeman Tauryn Beeman

Tauryn is the InterExchange Au Pair USA Local Coordinator for the Seattle area.

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