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Best way of my DD becoming an au pair?

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Cuddleczar Thu 16-May-13 20:39:47

Can anyone recommend an agency or other route to becoming an au pair in France or possibly Spain? This is for my 18 year old DD, who is about to start a gap year. She could consider short placements in either June or July, or something a bit longer in the autumn.

Helpyourself Thu 16-May-13 20:50:36

Honestly? I wouldn't. I was an au-pair for a family friend and it was ok hmm pretty lonely and I was at university so I had friends. We all had au-pair jobs (notoriously expensive city) and without exception all had a mixed time. And we were 20+.
Is she doing it as a gap year before studying languages at university? There'll be a chance to spend a year abroad then with more support than doing it alone age 18.

dementedma Thu 16-May-13 20:54:03

Dd went on and found a great family in Spain. So much so that when she came home, her sister went out in her place! They both had a great time, made loads of new friends and improved their language skills

Cuddleczar Mon 27-May-13 18:20:28

Thank you both, despite your opposite views! I was envisaging a short-term place to start with, given how difficult it can be to find a family that suits you. Will check out

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