What our Au Pairs say

What our Au Pairs say

Gaëlle is currently an au pair in New Zealand
(Te Awamutu, since October 15)

Hi there,
 
Gaëlle and AntoniaI’m an au pair here in New Zealand since end of October and I will stay till the end of april. My host family is living on a farm in Te Awamutu which is about 45 minutes from Hamilton. I am looking after three children: Briana is 4, Malachi is 2 and Levi is 7 months old. My day with them starts in the mornings preparing breakfast and getting Briana ready for preschool. While Briana is in preschool, I look after the two boys and do some household.
 
When I was told that my host family is living on a farm, I first was a little bit worried that I could feel alone. But it is actually really nice living here! As my host parents work in the same place as they are living, they come home quiet often. So I usually don’t have the kids for a long time on my own. That helped me a lot to feel quiet fast at home because I can also spend more time with my host parents and I don’t feel like a nanny, but like a part of the family. Another thing about living on a farm is that you can do lots outside with the kids. We have so much space here, we play together on their playground, go on a walk on the farm, draw with chalks and so on.
 
And I already met a lot of people here. Sure, you can not meet your neighbors as easily as in a city and there are not as many au pairs. But there are lots of backpackers and au pairs everywhere in New Zealand and most people are open-minded, so you just have to go on a trip to meet new people.
 
When I have time off, I usually go on trips to explore New Zealand. I am happy that I made the decision to come here and I am thankful for my host family, the people I met and the experiences I already made. I can recommend working as an au pair here in New Zealand to everyone. It’s a great experience and don’t be afraid to go to a farming family 🙂