Going to the other side of the world can be a dream for some who want to discover the world. For others, an experience abroad is a good opportunity to improve their English, for example. Whatever the reasons, Australia is one of the most attractive destinations for people looking for adventure. In order to discover the culture of the country while having a defined framework, going to Australia as an au pair seems the best option.
Why become an au pair in Australia?
There are many reasons why you might want to become an au pair in Australia. We list several that will make you want to take the plunge:
To improve your English level
The first thing to consider is that you will be able to progress quickly in English. Indeed, you will be immersed in an English-speaking family and you will have to make yourself understood by everyone. You will also be able to learn words from everyday life. The ones you don't learn in class but which can be useful! (Do you know how to say sieve in English? If not, you might know it after an au pair experience in Australia). Immersion is the best way to progress quickly. Don't worry, if your level is not very good, the family will know how to adapt and you will be able to adapt quickly. If you wish, you can also go to Australia as part of of a half-pair project. This means that you are an au pair only half of the time for your host family. The other half of the time you can take English classes for example.
To discover a new culture
Australia is a country that makes you dream. It is one of the most distant countries from France and this adds to its charm. Kangaroos or koalas can only be seen in the wild in Australia and the landscapes are grandiose.
By choosing to go as an au pair in Australia, you will have the opportunity to discover the country during your experience. Some families may even take you on vacation, giving you the opportunity to see the sights while still getting paid!
How to become an au pair in Australia?
To become an au pair in Australia, you will need to deal with a few administrative procedures, but also to choose the method of operation. With or without an agency, you have several possibilities.
The choice of the Australian visa
In order to go to Australia, you will have to apply for a visa. Several visas are possible, depending on how long you want to stay in Australia. If you only want to come for a few weeks, you can apply for a tourist visa and if you want to stay for several months, you will have to apply for a PVT Australia (Working Holiday Visa). If you want to know more about Australian visas, we advise you to follow Mai Lo is in Oz. She is passionate about Australia, she spent 3 years there and now she gives free advice about Australia. Whether it's via Instagram or on her website, you'll find the answers to your administrative questions.
Going with an organization
There are many organizations that can help you in your quest to become an au pair in Australia. Some of them will be able to find you a host family from France, or when you arrive. The advantage of an organization is the fact that you will be able to find a new family quickly if you have any problems.
You can also choose to go with StudiesUP to divide your time between your au pair assignments and English classes. Indeed, if you are going to Australia to improve your language skills, some additional courses may be interesting.
Leaving without an agency to become an au pair in Australia
You can also choose to find a family by searching on free websites. For example, " aupairworld "or on Facebook groups are your friends. Indeed, many groups exist and families can post ads. You can also talk to people who are already au pairs in Australia and who may be looking for a replacement.
Finally, if you have little experience with children or if you want to reassure yourself before leaving, you can do some baby-sitting beforehand. Indeed, Kidleeproposes fun guardsYou will be able to do some babysitting before your departure. In addition, when you return to France, you will also be able to provide baby-sitting in foreign languages ! A real plus for parents!
As you have seen, there are many reasons why you might want to become an au pair in Australia. It is a very enriching experience on a personal level and you will discover a beautiful country. We hope you will enjoy this experience and in the meantime, don't hesitate to join the team kidlee and babysitters in the area!