Au Pair vacation and hostel experience

Maria, Au Pair from Ukraine, kindly shared about her vacation in the USA and experience of living in the hostel. That is such a pleasure to read Maria’s posts! I also like Maria’s advice, “Don’t collect the things -collect the moments.”

Hi guys! I just came back from my vacation. I spent 8 nights in Venice, California. First time I was traveling by myself and first time I was staying in hostel. Be honest it was absolutely one of the coolest experience I have done.Au Pair from Ukraine Mari aa
I will give you a few reasons why:
1. Cheap. You saving some money.
2. You can meet so many cool people. I was staying in an international hostel by the Venice beach and met a lot of new friends from all around the world. People will give you good advice about interesting places. We were sharing uber, another reason to save some money, went for hiking together, saw Hollywood sign, partying.  Every day I had a great company for the beach. We even took an uber and went to see Malibu beach for all day. Au Pair from Ukraine Maria
3. My location was perfect, the hostel was close to bus stop, food places, market, 20 min to famous Venice beach, 10 min to Venice canals. When you are lazy you can take a bus – it costs 1$.
4. In the end of the day if you don’t want to go out everyone downstairs is chatting and having great time.Maria Au Pair Ukraine.
5. The stuff was brilliant. They created the best atmosphere, always helped with advise on transportation and best places to visit.
6. I was very sad to leave. For sure I will never forget my trip to California. And that hostel will be an amazing memory of my American life.
P.S. Don’t collect the things collect the moments. Enjoy your life and travel as much as you can! ❤️
XoXo Mariia from Ukraine 💋


Exploring the Philadelphia Flower Show with my Au Pair Friend.

Ophelia’s Diary.

Most my Au Pairs friends left the Flower Show around 5 or 6pm because they live far away. But my friend Adriana and I didn’t leave until 8:30pm. We enjoyed helping others at Make and Take room so much. Au Pairs volunteer

We didn’t want to leave at all. Even after I was done with my volunteering work, an Indian family still came to me look for help. I was so glad I could help them.

Adriana and I left the Make and Take room around 8pm, we use the last half an hour walked around the show. There were so many amazing things to see.

 Au Pairs volunteer

We were so glad as we could see so many interesting things.

 Au Pairs volunteered in Philadelphia

We also invited our friends came to the show.Au Pairs with friends

They liked it a lot too. Au Pairs volunteered

On March 8th, I will start my second Au Pair vacation.

 Au Pairs volunteered During my vacation, the first thing I will do is volunteering again for Flower Show! This time is special volunteering for butterflies. I am so excited about this.

Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary

Family vacation with an Au Pair.

Au Pairs get two weeks of paid vacation during their Au Pair program year in America. Au Pairs and host families can go on vacation together or separately- it depends on the relationships and agreements they made.

Many Au Pairs want to go together with their host families on vacation. They are looking forward to traveling with their host parents and children and want to be part of the family.

There are several vacation scenarios. The host families can invite their Au Pairs as a guest or as a caregiver and pay all expenses.

Vacations are one of those times when it is important to be clear about who is working and who is vacationing, and when.  Often the host family invites their Au Pair as a guest to show their appreciation for her hard work and to have fun doing things together as a family, bonding and creating memories.

Another scenario is asking the Au Pair  to work during family vacation time- that is when family takes the Au Pair, but she is working and not using her vacation time.  She works up to 45 hours a week, has her own room and she gets paid.

If the host family wants the Au Pair to work on family vacation, it is better to discuss arrangements and all of the family expectations to the Au Pair before the vacation.  The family needs to discuss how much the Au Pair will be expected to work, and when the family expects to need her to be on duty. The host family also needs to find ways to give the Au Pair some time for herself.

If the family brings their Au Pair along, the family will have a built-in babysitter,  so host parents can have extra pair of helping  and trusted hands when they need them most and also can have some special time alone together.

Here are some reasons Why You May Want to Bring a Babysitter on Vacation with You

Family vacation with an Au Pair may be one of the best and most memorable experiences you ever have!

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