5 reasons to be an Au Pair in Australia
There are so many reasons to be an au pair and most of them have to do with travel! And with Australia being at the top of most people’s list as a destination to visit on their gap year, why not combine working as an au pair with travelling one of the most beautiful countries in the world? Here are our top 5 reasons to be an au pair in Australia.
1. No language barrier
Coming from the UK, there will be no language barrier in Australia as it’s also an English speaking country. No need to worry if your pronunciation is right or if you are inadvertently insulting someone! It can be an adventure to go somewhere where you don’t speak the language but sometimes it’s just nice to have one less thing to worry about!
2. Visas are relatively straightforward
Getting a working holiday visa as a British citizen is a pretty straightforward process. Applications can be submitted online in most straightforward cases and they don’t take very long to process, leaving you plenty of time to plan all the fun stuff. They are also one of the cheaper visa options so if you are looking to get a taste of life in Australia before committing to moving lock stock and barrel Down Under, then it’s a very cost-effective visa choice.
3. Experience the real aussie lifestyle
Most tourists who travel to Australia only get to see one side of it. They experience it as a tourist and often only meet and socialise with others doing the same thing which can result in a fairly one-dimensional experience. Being a live in au pair allows you to immerse yourself in local culture and be part of a typical Australian family. You will get to see life from the perspective of a true blue Aussie and enjoy everything your new home city has to offer over an extended period of time – not just the main attractions crammed into a few days.
4. Meet so many new people
Meeting new people is one of the best things about travelling, but often when you travel you might only meet a few people who happen to be at the same place you are at the same time. As an au pair, you will meet loads of new people of all ages and backgrounds, including other au pairs as most au pair agencies will have a support network of other au pairs for you to meet up with during your placement.
5. Earn money while you travel
We’ve saved the best for last – not only do you get to travel around a foreign country or two, but you also get to fund it yourself! By working as an au pair, you get a weekly allowance, usually referred to as pocket money, and your accommodation, meals and living expenses are all covered by your host family. Some people spend months or even years saving up to pay for their gap year – but being an au pair means all you need to pay for upfront is your visa and flights, and the rest will take care of itself.
For more information on working as an au pair in Australia, speak to the experts at Smart Au Pairs. They are an au pair agency with offices in London and Sydney, offering a support base in both countries. They have host families just waiting to find their perfect au pair, so if you like the idea of vibrant Sydney, trendy Melbourne or laid back Perth being your home for the next 6 months, get in touch with Smart Au Pairs today.
Find out more online here www.smartaupairs.com/aupair/ .