Paula and her experience as an Au Pair during the Summer.


My name is Paula and I am 18 years old. A couple of weeks ago I returned and today I miss my British family.
I was an Au Pair in Bungay, Norwich, it is located in the northeast of London that I did not even know existed. It is a beautiful city and is a dream, all of the buildings are old and beautiful.
I was in Bungay for a month and a week and I did not feel like it was even been a month because the time passed so fast. My family was really nice and cared about me. Since the moment I arrived they wanted me to be a part of their family and welcomed me in. I am really lucky because they were fantastic.
The daughter was also incredible from the beginning. When they picked me up at the airport we were playing and joking around. She is a sweet girl who I care a lot about even after such a short time with her. I felt more like a big sister then a nanny or Au Pair. I think the best part of the experience by far was us learning together and seeing her grow.
My job consisted of me being with the little girl from 9:00 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon while the mother worked, but I was with her most of the day if not all. I did not mind though because I enjoyed spending time with her and we were able to do lot of fun things. Also, I had the opportunity to help with their horses.
I am grateful for all of the opportunities since the moment I arrived. They let me have off when I wanted and I got to meet great people. They cared so much about me it was as if they were my parents, it was really nice. I also had the opportunity to visit London with them and it was incredible. We went during the weekend and took a ferry. While we were there we visited many museums.
I had always wanted to leave the country and practice my English because I love the language, but I did not expect how nervous I would be a few days before I left. The experience was as stepping stone in my life and has had a lasting effect. I got on the plane and did not look back; I had faith and it was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. I was fortunate enough to be with a family that cared about me like a daughter, I got to know the sites of the city, and meet people that I fell in love with. I was surrounded by an amazing culture that I was fascinated with since the first day.
I encourage you to become an Au Pair if you want to; even if it might make you a little nervous, because it is worth it. You will see things in a different perspective and grow as a person. There is no doubt that I want to do it next year.
Lastly, I want to say thank you to Au Pair Conecta for helping me find a family at the last minute, when I thought it might not be possible. Thank you for making it possible for me to have this incredible experience.