My name is Jade, I am 19 years old and I am from Australia. I was with the agency Au Pair in America as an Au Pair in Florida. This blog was for me to share photos, personal thoughts and personal experiences with my friends and family.
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My beautiful baby.
This day last year.
Being an Au Pair in America really feels like it was just a faint dream now. It feels like my memories of the experience aren’t real. It really feels as though I dreamt it.
I think about it daily. I get goosebumps when I think about parts of it. There is so much I just want to re-live again. I want to go to Florida, hire a car with no roof and just drive around the streets - just to re-live those carefree feelings I had. I also can’t wait to go to New Jersey again someday and just reminisce on my life as an 18 year old with an American family living by the lake. And the girls, although I know it will never happen, I would love to someday meet the girls as an adult.
Florida, the USA and that family will always be a part of me.
I would have been packing my bags up at Orientation. And having final goodbyes with all of the girls I met there. I would then be nervously awaiting a trip to the JFK Airport to fly to my new home in Florida.
Later this afternoon, on this day last year, I would be arriving in Florida with huge nerves. I would walk up the ramp to see my host family waiting there for me with a sign saying “Welcome Jade”. I saw their faces for the first time. Those awkward first few words with each other, but still so exciting to be there and with them.
Later that night, on this day last year, I would be in a beautiful big expensive SUV (that I could only ever dream of) on my way to my new home. I would be discussing my favourite movies and TV shows with K, the 8 year old and discussing music with my HD.
Arriving at that home, on this day last year, I would be welcomed by Bianca, their past Au Pair and introduced to beautiful baby R. I would then be showed my room in the basement and try to familiarise myself with all of my new surroundings. I would then go to sleep in my new bed, in my new home with my new family and wonder how my year would be from that moment on.
- I remember these images, feelings, thoughts like they were just yesterday. It pains me to remember them because I want to re-live them again. I haven’t entirely moved on from my Au Pair experience. And for the next three months, I think I will be constantly reminiscing on memories I have of my time in America. So you may find my blog is more active again -
Three hundred and sixty-five days ago I arrived in America. A life changing opportunity that has been the best move and memory of my life. I have been so bless to have become apart of the most amazing host family, to roll into their house and have it feel like home within seconds. My two boys,…
This made me get all teary, Nadia. I really feel for you. Please vent to me any missing-America-feelings when you get home. Although I didn’t do it anywhere near as long as you, I’m sure I’ll still be able to relate. Particularly seeing as I cared for a baby too. My heart breaks for you, knowing you have to leave your boys you care for.
I cannot believe that it has been a year… It is truly unbelievable.
If I had have stayed, today I would be coming home to Australia. OR, I might have even be travelling around the States before extending for a further year.
And yet, here I am. Home in my beautiful country with my incredible family and friends. There are so many things and people I miss from the U.S. But at the same time, I am 100% happy with my choice to come home. If I hadn’t have came home, I wouldn’t have lost 18 kilograms and be the healthiest in all of my life, I also wouldn’t have had the amazing opportunity to meet and be around my gorgeous niece, I wouldn’t have made amazing friends at work and I simply just wouldn’t be as incredibly happy as I am today.
I am so thankful for the opportunity I had, to move to America and live with a family and care for such sweet girls. I still think about the darling girls almost everyday. I also constantly play out the ‘what-ifs’ of if I had have stayed for the full year. When I first came home I worried that I’d made a mistake… how often is it that you have the opportunity to live and work in the USA? But I am absolutely certain now, that I made the right decision at the right time.
Here’s to the year that would have been.
Haha, well seeing as it’s coming up for a year since I left for America and that meaning it has been 9 months since I left America - there isn’t much to update on. Unfortunately I can’t post it again because I’ve deleted it off my files. I definitely posted it on here though, you’ll have to go right back to the early the pages of the blog :)
Oh, thank you :) I’m very glad.
Haha, it definitely doesn’t feel natural, but you just have to do it… I had to record over and over. Definitely get friends and family to watch it before uploading it.
Yes, you’ll miss your family but hopefully you will be having such a great time that you will be able to get through it.
Hmmmm, it’s important to ask questions about the kids. If the kids are there as well try to ask them questions, like ‘What do you like to do on the weekend?’. The parents will appreciate you trying to get to know the children as they are their biggest concern. It was such a long time ago that I had my interviews so I’m struggling to remember what questions I asked. But my biggest advice is to have plenty of questions! They won’t think you’re annoying, they’ll note that you’re serious about this adventure you’re about to go on and you want to get to know them just as much as they want to get to know you.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions :)
Hi Beth, well generally we dined out for dinner most of the time. It was very rare that I would need to cook dinner for the 8 year old. As for breakfasts and lunches, limited cooking was involved.
I think it’s hard to give advice on this because your family may have different expectations to mine. They might expect you to cook dinner for the whole family two nights a week, or not cook at all - it just depends on your family :)
Thank you very much.
Well I went through the Au Pair in America agency and was matched with families through that. Unfortunately I have no other experience with any other agencies, I’m sorry.
Oh lovely :)
Well I bought the generic, corny touristy gifts like Australia tea towels, drink coasters, etc for the parents. I don’t have any cool ideas for the parents. But for the kids I made them a book with photoshopped photos of me and the kids into it in Australian settings.
Sorry that isn’t much help!
Sure thing. Good luck!
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