Being an au pair in Australia is very popular and for good reason! There is so much to love about being an au pair in Australia from the sunny weather to the friendly people and the stunning landscapes. Here are our top 5 reasons to be an au pair in Australia.
Even the winters in Australia are quite mild compared to a European winter. So no matter what the season, there will be plenty of opportunity to leave the house and enjoy the outdoors. Australians love being around the water, so ensure you pack your swim wear and enjoy many of the local pools and clean white beaches.
Many host families live in lovely homes – some will have large gardens or pools and some host families live near the beach or the bush. Australians love being in the outdoors, so many homes feature outdoor kitchens and relaxing indoor/outdoor rooms or alfresco areas – giving an au pair a very different experience to European living.
Australians have a reputation for being welcoming, friendly people. The Australian culture has a strong social focus – so there will be opportunities to expand your social circle beyond just your host family. Join a team sport or social club and enjoy the famous Australian hospitality.
Australia is famous for its fresh produce (including seasonal fruits and vegetables, seafood and wine) so au pairs are encouraged to make the most of the fresh local produce on the doorstep. Check out the local food markets and ask your host family for local restaurant recommendations or food and wine tours in your area.
The Opportunity To Explore
Australians love to travel and explore and it is likely your host family will want to show you the tourist hotspots in their area. Throughout Australia there are many campsites and visitor centres, so going on day trips and exploring your host state is easy to organise – and a great idea to do with fellow au pairs on a weekend or during some time off. Some au pairs in Australia are lucky enough to also accompany their host family on holidays around the country or internationally, so will have the opportunity to see even more of Australia and possibly even other countries too..
Smart Au Pairs is an au pair agency in Sydney that specialises in finding and placing au pairs with host families across Australia. Many of the Smart Au Pairs team have themselves been an au pair or nanny and/or spent time living, working and studying overseas, so they understand au pairs and strive to achieve the best match possible for both host family and au pair. If you are interested in becoming an au pair, register on their website or call 02 9451 3888 for more information.