Life takes unexpected turns, just ask au pair Marie from Germany! In her home country, Marie was an office assistant who also had a passion for spending time with kids. When the opportunity to be an au pair came along, she jumped at the chance! Now, Marie resides in the San Francisco area and looks after her two host kids, all while immersing herself in a new culture. Marie shared her au pair journey with us below.
My name is Marie, I’m 23 years old, and I come from Thuringia, Germany. I’m doing the au pair program for one year. I’m an office assistant, but my passion is to travel the world and collect moments I’ll never forget.
Before I was an au pair, it felt like something was missing. I was stuck in a life where I couldn’t move on. I decided to become an au pair when I read about the program online.
Once I decided to join the program, I still had so many things to think about. The time flew by until my adventure began in September. After a farewell party with my friends and a tearful goodbye with my family at the airport, I arrived in New York City, but still, I couldn’t believe it!
I was nervous until I met new people that were in the same situation as me. Two days of orientation, with people from all over the world! It was so much fun and a good start to a new chapter of my life.
Now, I live in California with my host family. It’s a mix of Austria and Italy, and I love it!
I take care of one boy and one girl, Jonah and Naomi. They are like my little brother and sister, super cute and lovely, very smart and respectful. We always have fun, and a good time together, I enjoy it a lot and appreciate it very much!
My host parents are very friendly and take good care of me. Even at the beginning when it was hard for me, because of the language, they helped me in every situation. Now, we laugh together and talk all the time. We became good friends, and I’m very thankful for everything.
I’m a part of the family now, and I’m so happy about it!
I travel a lot with my family and friends. I did a road trip through Florida, from Miami to Orlando. I went skiing in Mt. Shasta, but my favorite trip was to Disneyland! And there are still many plans coming up like going to Coachella and two road trips through California to the Grand Canyon.
My whole life, I had the dream to live in a different country with another culture and a different language. Now my dream came true!
I’d definitely recommend this experience to another person. I hope they will always have a good experience like me.
I know that wherever I go, I will never be completely at home again because part of my heart will always be here in San Francisco!
Let your dreams come true and believe in yourself!
Joy is a huge advocate for cultural exchange. She's lived across the USA, then moved overseas to London and Sydney. She currently resides in Jakarta, Indonesia, giving her a unique perspective on working and thriving in a culture not her own. Joy graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in Marketing and started her career in the au pair industry. She works on the blog and social media for the Au Pair USA program.