A little background info…
If you’re new to Why I Post, let me tell you a quick background on me. You can simply skip to the next section if you’re not new here.
I’m Marcelle and I started my website Why I Post so I could share all my travel-related experiences with as many people as possible so that everyone would feel more confident when applying for a visa, a citizenship process, book a trip overseas, go abroad as an international student or work overseas.
I am such a big nerd when it comes to exchange programs, visas and citizenship applications. I find it really enjoyable to search for all the rules and requirements mandatory for those applications. But I know that’s not for everyone. I understand you may not like those
boring things like me. So to help you guys out, I try to simplify and summarize them on my blog.
The information I share comes from countries’ official websites and my personal experience in applying for international processes. And having traveled to 16 countries and having lived abroad a couple times, you can imagine how many application and paperwork I had to go through.
Because of my experience, I have written to other travel blogs and have even given an interview.
Above are just a few of the reasons for why I enjoy blogging about travel experiences.
I’d like to show you that you can have better travel experiences and you should not hate planning your next international trip.
You can make changes to your life by traveling and it doesn’t have to be scary.
Yes, an international experience helps you to tick places off your bucket list. But it’s more than that!
I see traveling as an exclusive experience, that’s all about being present, tasting, learning, trying, seeing and doing.
Going abroad is about indulging in unique local experiences: living the moment and making remarkable memories, the best ones!
I want you to have fun & create your own history while having THE time of your life abroad, truly enjoying the life you are living!
Now let’s get back to the Au Pair program
Always dreaming about studying overseas but feel stuck because of a tight budget? No worries! Today I’m going to tell you that this IS possible.
What if I told you that you have the chance of joining a work and study program that will help you cover part of your study and travels abroad?
Let me introduce you to the Au Pair program! If you haven’t heard of it, or if you are a little bit familiar with the program but would like to know more details about it, just keep reading.
What is the Au Pair program?
Please read my post for The Lifestyle Hunter blog for full details of my experience as an Au Pair in Chicago.
You will have the opportunity to experience the daily life of a local family, such as an American family in case you have chosen to participate in the US program). You are going to spend time with your host family’s children, their culture, and lifestyle. You will practice the local language, receive a weekly wage, study and take advantage of the holidays to travel.
As an Au Pair, the student works caring for the host children up to 45 hours a week, and no more than 10 hours per day. The Au Pair is responsible for all of the children’s daily activities and the main duties include:
For the Au Pair program, you must be 18 to 26 years old. It is necessary to know the language of the chosen country at an intermediate skill level. You must have finished high school and must also have at least 500 hours of work experience with children. Last but not least, you must love kids and must love caring for them as well.