We are so very grateful to @franzi_eli for sending these amazing pics of her host fam and her message to all pairs out there.
The Au-pair Programme in the UK should be saved because of many different reasons:
Firstly, it is such an amazing opportunity for either, the au pair and the host family, to get to know a new culture. Staying in a new family in a different country gives you the best option to experience what living in this counrty is like and it was the best way for me to get to know differences and similarities between German and English culture. In the last nine months, I didn`t just learn the language here, I learnt how to live like a ”real british person” by travelling through the country, meeting new people or just going to college. By cooking german meals or teaching some german words, I also got my hostfamily, especially my hostkids, interested in german culture. So this cultural exchange is one of many great benefit of being or having an au pair.
Secondly, I got so much more independent during my stay in the UK. When I first arrived, everything was new and you didn`t really know anyone. I had to do many things, which my parents were used to do for me. This taught me a lot for my whole life and will also help me when I`ll first get my own apartment. Planning trips for the kids, cooking new meals with them and keeping them busy in general, helped me to become a more organized person what will definitely help me in my future.
The UK was also a good place for me to choose, because it’s not too far away from Germany and as the time shift is only an hour, it’s pretty easy to stay in contact with friends and family. At the same time it is an English speaking country, what was very important for me, because I wanted to improve my English before going to University. Good English skills are always useful to have and they will definitely help me in my later life.
Staying in England for a year, was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I became part of another family and they became part of mine. We collected so many amazing memories together, which I will never forget. This year abroad gave me so much.
@rainbowaupairs @easy_abroad #saveaupairs