My name is Emma, and I grew up in a small village in the South West of England. It was the summer of 2014, and all my friends were either going on a gap year, or staying on at University. I had already graduated in English literature, and since my job search was not going well, I decided to try something different. I had always wanted to improve my French, I knew the basics, but I wanted the challenge of being able to hold a proper conversation, and blend in with the locals as much as possible whenever I visited on holiday. So, this is what brought me to getting an Au Pair job in the French Alps.
The French Alps appealed to me because I loved to Ski, and as my host family actually ran a Ski resort, there was no shortage of opportunity to enjoying skiing in my free time! I clicked with the family straight away, and their English was perfect, however I made as much effort as I could to practice my French, and took lessons each morning when the children were at their 2 hour nursery class. My main job was to look after the children in the day time, taking them to and from nursery in the morning, playing with them in the afternoon, and feeding and bathing them, ready for bed at 7pm.
I got two days off per week, which varied each week, and I ended up enjoying a fantastic social life with a couple of the other Au Pairs employed nearby that I grew close with. I actually developed a close bond to the host family too and would sometimes socialise with them at home when they had family over. It was at a family dinner that I in fact met my now husband – he was the cousin of the father in my host family!
Cut to 2016, I am now living and working in Grenoble (no longer as an Au Pair), married to Gerard, and expecting our first child. I am even making use of my French and English language skills, teaching English as a Foreign Language to French children.
I would recommend working as an Au Pair to anyone who is looking for something different, to experience an interesting culture, and learn a new language. You don’t have to want to nanny forever, I only did it for 18 months, but I had the time of my life, and what’s more I met my husband and also found a new career through the decision to be an Au Pair.
The French Alps is a beautiful part of France, and along with my host family, the locals were very welcoming of me. There are lots of things to see and do, and it is a perfect location for lovers of the outdoors. sports, and many other things. My decision to take an Au Pair job in France changed my life, and I now couldn’t be happier.