An Au Pair Blog That’s Not Entirely Devoted to Horror Stories
Who am I?
I’m Dana, a 20-something American from Newark, Delaware who moved to Wien, Austria (known to us English-speakers as Vienna) after college to become an au pair and see something outside of suburban Delaware. I went from working at a bar six days a week in the college town I grew up in to living full-time in a German-speaking country with no knowledge of German, working as an au pair while in all honesty, I had very little experience working with children.
What’s an au pair?
An au pair is a foreigner who moves in with a family to help with the children and usually teach them a language. They also occasionally help with the household as well.
When I was looking to become an au pair, I didn’t find a whole lot of personal experience or anecdotes on the web. What I did find was mostly negative things about the experience, so I was a little worried. It was mostly horror stories I saw. I ignored the haters and the doubters and took the leap anyway, thank goodness! It hasn’t been all rainbows and unicorns, that’s for sure. But it was definitely the adventure and excitement I needed in my life. Once I got to Vienna, I was excited to see all it has to offer. It’s a huge city with so much to do and a great expat community. Aside from exploring Vienna’s many mysteries, I’m also traveling around Europe. So far I’ve seen the Netherlands, Sweden, England, Spain, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, and Czech Republic, with hopefully much more to come.
With that being said, that’s why I created this blog. It’s an au pair blog. It’s a Vienna blog. It’s a travel blog. I’m here to talk to those who are curious about the great city of Vienna, prospective and current au pairs, and general travelers!
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