Being an au pair is fun… Until it’s boring. You come to a whole new country, to a house that is not your own in which you live with people you have never known before and then when you take a walk outside, you realize you can’t recognize a single face on the streets.
Well, at least that’s the beginning of everyone’s au pair journey. After you settle down and get used to to the kids and the parents and you become to feel comfortable in the house, you get a feeling of loneliness which drives you to take action and meet some friends.The remains problem is: how?
I really like my host family and every neighbor is kind, but in the first two weeks of me being here, I haven’t spoken to anyone my age. Well, besides waiters at the coffee shops and that random woman that once showed me a way to the main bus station Helsinki. That’s it. Just those people.
And then, voilà – the power of the internet came to my mind.
So, in this post, I’m giving you tips that worked for me on how to meet/make friends as an au pair.
Well, I could merge the first and second tip together, but, to make this post more useful for you, I decided to split it.At this point in your life, you probably have an Instagram account. Instagram is the number one social media platform at the moment, especially for younger people. If you are an au pair you are probably between the age of 18-29, so I’m sure you are signed up there.
Now, the way to find au pairs in the country you’re working is simple. Go to Instagram search and write a hashtag #aupair(“yourcountry”) and press enter. For example, if you are in Spain use hashtag #aupairspain or #aupairsinspain and same goes for other states.I’m sure there are at least a dozen accounts with the hashtag, so go to their profile, follow them (well, check if they look normal), send them a DM and hopefully, you get a friend!
If there weren’t groups on Facebook, I’d be logged out of there a long time ago. Or if at least there wasn’t my page to like (which you can like HERE and join my amazing Facebook page community).
Groups on Facebook are life-savers. I got my last summer job thanks to it and now, made some au pair friends!Go to search and type “au pairs in (“yourcountry”). For example, for Finland, there’s this au pair meet up group. Try to find one for the country you’re staying in.
There is where I met the girls on the photo here and they are amazing.
Being an au pair is not that lonely. As au pairs, we have a perk of automatically knowing someone in the new country – our host family. Most likely, your host parents know someone your age who lives in the neigboorhood or some of their friends have a daughter or son who is your peer. Ask them, I’m sure your host parents wouldn’t want you to be alone.
I have a great host mom and she actually asked me first if I wanna meet some people. So it’s really not that hard.
The fourth tip that I didn’t officially put in the list would be to join some dating app, but then there’s a low chance that you’re gonna meet friends, more likely a partner, which is still a positive thing.
Are you gonna apply any of these tips? Leave a reaction below and tell me in the comments!