Choosing Smartaupairs as my placement agency has been the best decission I could have made! I’ve been living in Kingston upon Thames for almost five months now and to be honest, I didn’t expect it to be such a great experience. Not only do you get a unique insight into the amazing British culture, but also you get the chance to take responsibility and in particular work independently with children. Therefore I really think that the last few months have had a positive impact on my personal growth and skills. During this journey Smartaupairs has definitely been of great help. It took me less then a month from sending my application to the agency to flying over to London which exemplifies how fast the process is handled. The assistants repeatedly reach out via email to make sure you are still happy with your placement and also offer you a variety of ways for socializing in your area, constantly being interested in making your stay as enjoyable as possible. Given that I wasn’t even charged a fee, I was positively surprised about how excellent the support was and would definitely recommend Smartaupairs to anybody who wants to make his way as an Au pair abroad!
- Ninon, Au Pair from Germany
Ich habe mich als Aupair bei Smart Aupairs beworben und sehr gute Erfahrungen gemacht! Bereits bei der Vermittlung sind die Mitarbeiter sehr hilfsbereit gewesen, die Vermittlung ist einwandfrei organisiert gewesen inklusive Feedbacks voriger Aupairs zu den Familien, sodass ich innerhalb weniger Wochen eine tolle Familie gefunden habe, und die Vermittlungsgebühr musste ich erst nach der Unterzeichnung des Vertrages mit der Familie zahlen. Auch vor Ort hat sich die Organisation immer wieder proaktiv gemeldet, um sich zu erkundigen, ob bei mir und insbesondere mit der Familie alles in Ordnung ist. Als ich mich um einen Nebenjob bewerben wollte und dafür eine Nachweis für den Wohnort sowie eine sogenannte National Insurance Number brauchte, haben mir die Mitarbeiter umgehend einen beglaubigten Nachweis geschickt und mir gesagt, wo ich mir die National Insurance Number besorgen kann. Außerdem ist die Organsiation sehr bemüht Socials zu organisieren und ankommenden Aupairs damit ein gutes Netzwerk zur Verfügung zu stellen. Ich würde Smartaupairs jedem uneingeschränkt weiter empfehlen. Eine seriöse Organisation wie Smartaupairs ist wirklich jeden Cent wert, wenn man als Aupair ins Ausland geht!
- Franzi, Au Pair from Germany
So far I have to say that I did not regret to go to England as an au pair for one minute. My host family did everything they could to make me feel welcomed and they care a lot about my needs and wishes. I haven't been thrown in at the deep end but my host parents integrate me and always try to be there for me. Thanks to my predecessor I got in contact with au pairs living nearby very fast. Kings Hill is very different from any other place I've been before and although England is not far away from home my life here is completely different. I am very glad that I got the chance to make this experience
- Lea, Au Pair from Germany
I live in Redhill (Surrey) now for one month and I really like it here ! The area is surrounded by beautiful parks, where you can play always with your hostchildren and you can easily take the train to London, which will take 20min. My hostfamily helped me a lot to settle in and I already feel that I am a part of the family. My hostkids are lovely boys. You learn every day something new as an Au pair! First of all you improve your English just by talking it all the time and then you learn to be very patient with the children and how to handle difficult situations. I take part in a language course at a local College twice a week. I've met some of my friends there. Most of them are local Au pairs,too. Furthermore I would suggest every Au pair to check Facebook to find local Au pair groups. You can just join them and take part at their weekly meeting :) I am really happy that I have made the decision to become an Au pair and very lucky to have such a friendly hostfamily !
- Ozge, Au Pair from Germany
I am in England since the end of August and I really love England! But I had to change the host family and it was not so easy to deal with that kind of experience. Nevertheless, I had great support from the smartaupairs team and they took my problem serious. They sent me new family applications very soon and I found the perfect family for me! My new family is very nice and I have a very good relationship with my host mum and a good one with the kids :) It is amazing how quick you improve your English skills while being abroad. I am really looking forward to the next months!
- Saskia, Au Pair from Germany
My experience so far has been really good, my host parents are very accommodating and make me feel quite at home. As with every job there are ups and downs, but mostly ups, moving to the other side of the world has been exciting, scary, fulfilling and whatever other emotion you could think of. I have met so many amazing people and the decision to come over here and work as an au pair is by far one of the best decisions I've ever made.
- Lauren, Au Pair from Australia
I have been so lucky to have been blessed with the most amazing host family. The children are wonderful and my host parents are amazing and have made me feel at home, a month in and I feel like I am part of the family, which I felt from day one!
- Sarah, Australian Au Pair
Being an Aupair - what is it like? Hard to say, as every day is different. But each day is interesting aswell, and so far I had a lot of fun here! The family is great, the children as well as the parents, and I also love Brighton with it's Lanes, Cafes and of course the seafront. Also, you have lots of opportunities to make friends and spend some time out. And if you go to the language school, you can improve your English and make friends at the same time. Despite you become really grown up, independent and learn lots of things about yourself if it is your first longer period of time abroad without your family. Of course it is not always easy, some days can also be a struggle, but for me it is a great experience so far that I wouldn't wanna miss!
- Elena, Au Pair from Germany
I always tell everyone I'm working as an Au pair. But it's not actually 'work'! Further, just having a great time in the UK, making new friends and international connections, improving my language skills and besides, gaining much experiences at work with children. I'm taking care for 2 twin Brothers, aged 4, one of them gots special needs. It just makes happy to see how delightful both boys are. I would recommend the occupation as an Au pair to everyone who's open-minded, interested in britisch culture and international friends and wants to improve the language skills.
- Nadja, Au Pair from Germany
Being an Au Pair is a really great way to get to know a new country, meeting new people and of course working with children. While you have doubts in the first two weeks, you get used to it really quickly. The children may not get used to you during the first week, but after a while more and more good things happen, showing that the children are starting to accept you more and trust you.
- Shanice, Au Pair from Germany
I have been in London for almost a month now, and it has been so amazing! my host family showed me Brixton and took me out for dinner in the Brixton village the day after I came. I have also met My host-mum's parents, and we went out for dinner too. On my first day alone with my child, we went to the cinema to see planes, it was super fun and i loved it. On my first weekend my host-mum threw me a welcome party where se invited all her neighbours and some of her friends it was really nice, and I got to meet an au pair too. She is living with one of my host-mum's friends. the day after the party i went to play rounders with a lot of my host-mum's friends, it was really fun, and it was nice to get out and see the Brockwell park, where I run alot. I have also been to the theatre to see Siro-A, which was really cool. I also went clubing with one of my host-mum's friends' daughter, she is a year older than me. it was reallt fun to get out, and see how they do it in England :)
- Mia, Au Pair from Denmark
Smartaupairs is an excellent au pair agency - very well-organised and supportive, they help you with everything and make the whole process of finding a family quite easy as they give you tips for your application and do their best to find the perfect family for you. After arriving in your host family they do regularly check on you to make sure you are alright. Thanks to Smartaupairs I am having a great time in London! :)