With summer in full swing and holidays approaching, your au pair may be looking for things to do with her spare time. Without her family around her this year and with the extra time on her hands, she may be looking for ideas of how to keep busy. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top ten ways your au pair can keep boredom at bay this summer.
Your au pair won’t be the only one who has some extra time on her hands this summer. Now is the perfect time to network and catch up with some of the other au pairs in the area. Meeting other au pairs is a great way to make friends with like minded people with similar interests and to get to know au pairs from all over the world.
Swim, swim, swim!
Whether you live by the beach or not, the Australian sunshine is best enjoyed from the comfort of the water so encourage your au pair to cool off by visiting your local pool or spending the day at the beach. Make sure you remind them to wear plenty of sunscreen as they may not be used to the harsh sun and may be more prone to sunburn.
With Christmas around the corner, now is the perfect time to experience new traditions and customs here in Australia. Whether it’s driving around to look at all the lights or enjoying prawns on the barbie, encourage your au pair to spend time doing Christmas the Aussie way. She may even be able to share some Christmas traditions from her country with your family, making this a chance for you all to get to know more about each other’s culture.
One of the best parts of summer is getting to enjoy the outdoors again so why not introduce your au pair to a local sports team in your area? Whether it be a cricket team or swimming club, joining a sports club will allow your au pair to make local friends and get to know other Aussies outside of your family.
With some extra time on her hands, now is the time for your au pair to make the most of her trip and do some exploring. Make a list of sights worth seeing or point her in the direction of websites where she can see what’s available in your area.
Get to know the kids
While you may be taking leave and require less time from your au pair, now is the perfect time for her to enjoy some summer activities with your children beyond making sure they get to all their activities during the week and checking that homework is done. Getting the kids to suggest some activities they enjoy is a great way for your au pair to get to know them better while experiencing some Australian culture at the same time.
Amusement parks are another way for your au pair to keep busy both with and without your children. Most amusement parks offer year passes that make them much more affordable if you plan on going regularly. This is one activity that everyone will be excited about.
Volunteering is a very rewarding experience that will allow your au pair to experience a whole new side of Australia and make a meaningful contribution that will add to her memorable trip. Whether it’s at the RSPCA or a local shelter, the extra help over Christmas is always appreciated and the experience will be something your au pair is not likely to forget.
School holidays and Christmas festivities mean lots of fun things to do for little or no cost. Help your au pair to find out what events are being held in your area as these are always a good way to engage with the community without breaking the bank.
Start a new hobby
Being an au pair is a time of self development and growth so why not encourage your au pair to start a new hobby. It could be something they’ve always wanted to learn or something that they wouldn’t have experienced back home. Either way, developing new interests is a good way to expose themselves to new ideas and develop a new skill set that they can show off when they get back home.
No matter what your au pair chooses to do this summer, make sure that they are getting time to enjoy the holiday season as much as they can. Whether it’s spending time enjoying activities with your family or taking a break from the job, keeping busy will help your au pair to create memories that will last a lifetime.
For more information on how to help your au pair make the most of their time in Australia or to start the process of finding the perfect au pair for your family this summer, browse the Smart Au Pairs website or contact us today.