For my blog lisasmirror.com I designed a little survey in which 17 aux pairs from eight countries and three continents participated. The following results are meant to provide a little guide line if you consider becoming an au pair.

You will find the entire article here.

 

1. How did you find your host family?

-> aupair-world.net 47%

-> an organization 24%

-> Facebook 18%

-> other 12%

-> another website 0%

2. How many kids do you have?

-> 2 59%

-> 1 24%

-> 3 12%

-> 4 6%

-> 5 or more 0%

3. What does your host family look like?

-> mother and father 82%

-> single dad 12%

-> single mom 6%

-> other 0%

4. What are your working hours like?

> 3-6 hours a day 59%

-> 7-9 hours a day 29%

> only 1-3 hours a day 6%

-> 9 or more hours a day 6%

-> less than an hour per day 0%

5. What are your tasks? (You can choose more)

-> talking with the child in a different language 21%                      

-> playing with the child 20%

-> bringing the child somewhere or taking it home 16%

-> doing homework 11%

-> washing the dishes 10%

-> cooking 6%

-> running errands like grocery shopping 5% 

-> doing the families laundry 5%

-> cleaning the house 4%

-> other 2%

6. Where do you live?

-> in the center 47%

-> in the outskirts 35%

-> further away 18%

7. What do you get paid a month?

-> 240€

-> 70€

-> 70€

-> 250€

-> 300€

-> $200

8. Are you happy with your family? (choose from 0-10, 10 is best, 0 is worst)

-> 8 24%

-> 6 24%

-> 10 18%

-> 7 18%

-> 9 6%

-> 5 6%

-> 2 6%

-> 1 0%

-> 3 0%

-> 4 0%

-> 0 0%

9. Do you have a strong relationship with your host family?

-> Totally! 47%

-> They are nice but I do not spend a lot of time with them 41%

-> The parents are nice but the kids are annoying 6%

-> I don’t like them 6%

10. Do you work during the weekends?

-> Depends, I sometimes do 35%

-> Only Saturday morning for a few hours 24%

-> I sometimes have to babysit 18%

-> No, I don’t have to work during the weekends 18%

-> Yes, every Saturday/Sunday 6%

11. Do you babysit a lot?

-> No, hardly ever 47%                                  

-> Once a week 29%

-> 3 or more times a week 18%

-> 2-3 times a week 6%

12. Why did you choose to work as an au pair?

-> I wanted to learn a new language and get to know a new culture 59%

-> It is the easiest way to travel and see a new city 24%

-> I love children 18%

-> I did not know what else to do 0%

13. Would you do it again?

-> Yes, I loved it 29%

-> Yes, it was not as great as I imagined but a good experience 24%

-> Probably not 24%

-> Maybe, I am not sure 18%

-> No, never again 6%

14. What is the best thing about being an au pair?

-> All of the following 35%

-> Living in a new country 35%

-> Getting to know people from all over the world 24%

-> Other 6%

-> The work itself 0%

-> Life in a new family 0%

15. What is the worst thing?

-> The work 29%

-> Living and working in the same environment 29%

-> Other 24%

-> Life in a new family 18%

16. What would you change if you could?

-> The payment 35%

-> Other 29%

-> The working hours 29%

-> The tasks I have to do 6%

17. For how long do you plan to work as an au pair?

-> 9-12 months 24%

-> 7-9 months 18%

-> 3-5 months 18%

-> 12 or more months 18%

-> half a year 12%

-> 1-3 months 12%

18. Would you recommend it to a friend?

-> Yes 59%

-> Maybe 24%

-> Probably not 12%

-> No 6%

19. What rooms do you have?

-> Own room plus bathroom 65%

-> Own room 35%

-> Shared room 0%

-> Own flat (live-out au pair) 0%

20. What do you do in your free time? (you can choose more)

-> A language course 35%

-> Other 24%

-> Spending time with my friends 12%

-> Traveling through the country (weekend trips) 12%

-> Exploring the city 12%

-> Doing sports 6%

21. Do you have Wi-Fi in your host family?

-> Yes 100%

-> No  0%

22. Did you skype or visit your host family before committing to them?

-> Yes, we skyped 76%

-> No, we only wrote Emails 12%

-> I skyped and visited them 12%

23. Would you choose your host family again?

-> Definitely 41%

-> I am not sure 41%

-> Probably not 18%

-> Never again 0%

24. When did you start searching your host family?

-> A few months before 41%

-> Half a year before 29%

-> A few weeks before 12%

-> Last minute 12%

-> A year before starting 6%

 

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