Work overseas with Au Pair jobs
Interested in working overseas? Maybe taking a gap year and gaining some world experience? Au pair jobs abroad are a great way to see a part of the world, gain work experience and do a little growing up. With great opportunities for you to learn and grow, working as an au pair overseas might just be the perfect gap year jobs you were looking for.
What is an Au Pair?
An au pair is a person, either male or female, that helps with taking care of children and, in some cases, small household chores.
Working as an Au Pair you will be responsible mainly for looking after the children placed in your care. This ranges to include everything from feeding the kids and helping with homework, to bathing, dressing and getting them to bed.
Also referred to as nanny jobs, au pairs are also responsible for supervising learning and play activities. Depending on your employer, getting the kids to and from school might also be within your job description.
Preparing healthy snacks and meals will also form part of your duties. Some employers might also require you to perform light domestic duties like keep the children’s play areas in order.
Requirements for working as an Au Pair abroad
A driver’s license will be a great plus for you. Because you will be, in most cases, required to get the kids to school and back home, sporting events, playdates and even doctor’s appointments, a driver’s license is in many cases a requirement.
If you are looking for international jobs, you will also be required to have the appropriate documentation in place. A Visa, passport and all the necessary travel documentation will need to be in place before you can work any jobs abroad.
Many of those looking for these types of gap year jobs opt to work through an agency. When you do choose your agency, make sure that everything is above board. Remember that these agencies will be in charge of everything from your Visa and travel arrangements, to placing you with a family and your international health insurance. Certain costs are also involved, so keep this in mind at all times.
When it comes to au pair jobs overseas, families will (in most cases) require that you have some experience. Babysitting experience and working as an au pair locally are two things that can benefit you greatly. Working with children can be extremely demanding and, if you have experience and stunning recommendations from the families you have worked for before, it can only count in your favour.
Another aspect that will benefit you greatly as an au pair and look good on your CV is basic first aid training. Remember, you will be taking care of kids and they get themselves into some pretty sticky situations. Having basic first aid skills will not only put the family you are working for at ease, but yourself as well.
Leading a healthy and active life will also count in your benefit. Remember, keeping up with children is a physically demanding job, so many nanny jobs like those for au pairs will require you to be physically fit and healthy.
In terms of personality, you will need to be an outgoing person that is friendly, loving and caring. Children need a lot of love and attention. You will be spending your days with kids, so being a patient and fun person, will be a great benefit to the children.
Remember that you will be away from home, so a strong personality, maturity, perseverance and the ability to get along with others will also benefit you greatly.
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Advantages and disadvantages of taking a gap year
Whether you choose to find au pair jobs overseas or look for other types of jobs abroad, taking a gap year has a range of advantages and disadvantages.
Some of the advantages of taking a gap year abroad is having the opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture and maybe even learn a new language. Meeting new people, international jobs also look good on CVs. Showing the ability to immerse yourself in a new culture and working can be a positive to a prospective employer.
You will also be doing a lot of learning and gaining experience – both on a job level as well as a personal level. Learning new skills, gaining work experience and being independent are just some of the pros you can look forward to.
Before you do decide to take a gap year and work overseas, it is extremely important for you to know the disadvantages associated with it.
If you plan to study after your gap year, keep in mind that you will be a year behind. Remember that, should you take on international jobs, you will be gone from home for a year. While a small visit home might be possible, you will be missing a year of your family’s life.
Going from matric to entering the real world with little to no preparation can be hard and stressful. Going from being taken care of to taking care of children can be a wakeup call, so be sure that you are prepared for this as much as possible.
You will also be with a family for an entire year. Sharing a home with new people (a family you might not 100% get along with) can also be extremely difficult. You will need to learn how to deal with this in a mature and efficient way. To be fair, this can also be a great advantage, teaching you skills that can be applied in various work situations.
At the end of the day you are taking a risk, but it is up to you if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Finding work overseas can be difficult, but rewarding as well. Gap year jobs do offer an opportunity for you to develop your skills, gain work experience and see and experience a part of the world before deciding what career is perfect for you.
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