How To Find Work As An Au Pair

If you’ve been following me on Youtube, you’ll know that I worked as an au pair for two months in Sydney. I got a lot of questions about my experience, including how to find work as an au pair, what are the job duties as an au pair, how much do you work as an au pair, and how much au pairs get paid. Today I am answering all of these questions with my experience. Every experience as an au pair will be different, and pay varies greatly by country.How to Find Work as an Au Pair

How to Find A Job As An Au Pair

I found my au pair job on a Facebook group. I contacted the woman who posted it, and we messaged back and forth for a while. The next step was a skype meeting. At that time, I also got to meet the three kids I’d be watching. It all went well. I decided to give the au pair job a go. I messaged the family and we talked about the hours that I would be working and the pay, and it all sounded good to me, so we picked a date that I would start.

How to Find Work as an Au Pair

Au Pair Job Duties

The job duties of an au pair vary by family. Generally, au pairs don’t get great pay, but you also won’t work a ton of hours. Deep cleaning of the house should never be part of your job duties. The family that I worked for included two parents and three kids. The father worked from early in the morning until late in the evening. The mother did shift work as a nurse, so the hours that I worked went around their schedule.

Basically, any time the parents were not home and the kids were, I was watching them. Sometimes I would get them ready for school and walk them there. Other days, I would pick them up from school, clean their lunch boxes, make them a snack, and play with them until their parents came home. I was asked to clean up after myself and clean the kids lunch boxes after school. The family also had a dog, who I would let in and out of the house during the day.

How to Find Work as an Au Pair

How Many Hours Do Au Pairs Work?

The hours that au pairs work vary greatly by family. This is something you should clarify with the family prior to starting work with them. With my au pair family, I would work anywhere from 10 to 30 hours a week. This was one of the more difficult parts of the job. It was hard for me because I got paid the same amount every week, no matter how much I worked. I wasn’t used to that. The children that I watched would go to school from Monday to Friday, though the littlest one was home all day on Thursdays and Fridays. This meant that I would be watching her all day if the mother had a morning shift at work.

How to Find Work as an Au Pair

How Much Do Au Pairs Get Paid?

I was making $250 per week as an au pair, and my job also included room and board. This could be considered a high wage for an au pair, but keep in mind that wages in Australia are high, and I was sometimes working up to 30 hours a week.

How to Find Work as an Au Pair

Overall, I am happy that I had the experience of being an au pair. I don’t think I would do it again, as I realized that I do prefer to have the ability to make money per hour, versus making the same amount of money per week no matter how many hours I work.

Au pairing would be great for someone who wants the stability of having a job before going in to a working visa. I wouldn’t recommend au pairing as the best job for someone who is looking to save money long term. It is a great way to make a liveable wage and be part of a family. I really value the experience that I had as an au pair. It was great to feel included in a family again after a year and a half of travel.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever considered becoming an au pair! 

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Working Holiday Visa In Australia: A Complete Guide

Working Holiday Visa Australia

Have you had enough of Donald Trump? Ready to try out a new country? The working holiday visa in Australia doesn’t let you stay permanently – but it will give you a year or two away from the madness.

Working Holiday Visa in Australia: Overview

Living in Australia has been one of my most incredible travel memories thus far. I’m about halfway through the first year of my working holiday visa in Australia. A working holiday visa in Australia is a great option for those who want to go somewhere new but may not have the funds to travel. On the Australian working holiday visa, you can work in Australia for up to a year, and recently, the aussie government has taken pity on the American situation and granted us the ability to apply for a second year working holiday visa in Australia.

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[Note: you don’t have to be American to do the working holiday visa in Australia. Check out the Australian government website to see if you’re country is eligible to apply!]
Working Holiday Visa in Australia: Getting the Visa

You are eligible to apply for the working holiday visa in Australia if you meet  the following requirements:

You’re between age 18-30 AT TIME OF APPLICATION (meaning you can apply when you are 30 and actually come into the country when you are 31, as you have a year from the time the visa is granted to actually get to Australia)

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Have a passport from an eligible country (United States is eligible. To see the list of eligible countries, check the Australian Government’s list)

You cannot have a dependent child staying with you during your stay in Australia

Have enough money to buy a return ticket before your time of departure. Australia requires that you come into the country with $5k AUD (about $3500 USD). They don’t check this upon entry 😉

That’s it! If you meet those requirements, you can apply for a working holiday visa in Australia. The visa allows you to live and work in Australia for a year. There are a couple rules that come along with working in Australia on this visa, which make it hard to get career-type work, so don’t expect to become a CEO of some company while you’re there. The main rule of working in Australia is that you will not be allowed to work more than 6 months with one employer. That should work out fine if you plan on traveling around.

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Working Holiday Visa in Australia: Finding Work

Finding work in Australia can be difficult in some areas. The easiest and most efficient way to find work on a working holiday visa is to 1. know someone (if you can use connections, work it!), or more commonly, 2. go door to door and beg for work.

Alright, begging may be a bit dramatic, but in all honesty – the easiest way to find work is to go door to door with your resume and a very large smile. I applied to so many companies online before I just printed some resumes, and took it to the streets. After one day of walking around, I was offered a trial shift. I got the job after my trial shift and started working at this italian restaurant in Melbourne. [side note: I also applied with a temp agency and was a receptionist for a week – that was super fun as well!]

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Employers are very aware of the desperation of foreigners on the working holiday visa. When I was looking for work, a lot of managers would wave me away after hearing an accent. Because foreigners can only work for one employer for up to six months, a lot of companies won’t hire people on the working holiday visa in Australia.

Working Holiday Visa in Australia: my experience with work

I got paid less than minimum wage, but it was under the table, so I wasn’t getting taxed. The big difference between Australia and the US work life that I noticed immediately is the hours that I was working. I would work six days a week; on the weekends I would work from 9 AM until 11 PM, with a half hour break. Weekdays, I’d start at 6 PM, and depending on how busy it was, get off as late as 11 PM, more likely 9 or 10 PM. This was a pretty physical job (I was a server), and at first those hours exhausted me. I eventually got used to eating breakfast at 8 am, lunch at 2 pm, and dinner at midnight, but I must admit that it was not an easy schedule to maintain.

Working Holiday Visa Australia

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll have seen that I moved out of Melbourne and started working in a coffee shop in Perth, Western Australia. The two jobs that I have had in Australia could not have been more opposite. The coffee shop in Perth was one of my favorite places I’ve worked, probably ever, in my life. I had a great time, got paid well, and got a good amount of hours.

Working Holiday Visa in Australia: What To Expect For Work

Finding work should be easy enough if you print out your resume and walk in to places. Just try to feel out the vibe of the place before you accept a job there. Minimum wage in hospitality positions is $17.70 AUD an hour. Working at a nicer place, you’ll usually make between $20 – $25 AUD an hour. Not into hospitality? Try www.gumtree.com.au to look for other types of work. If you can handle sales, I’d recommend fundraising or selling solar panels (they are always hiring foreigners!).

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Working Holiday Visa In Australia: Finding ACCOMMODATION

Once you know which city you’d like to settle down in, it’s time to find somewhere to live long-term (ish)! In Australia, the most common way to find a place to live is actually by using Facebook groups. Search for housing groups on Facebook with the city you are looking for, you’ll find loads. The amazing thing about this is that there are groups for all different kinds of households. I even found a vegan/vegetarian house share group in Perth. Amazing!

The Facebook groups that I used to find housing include:

Fairy Floss Real Estate (largest house share group in Melbourne)

Perth Houses, Rooms and Rentals (largest house share group in Perth)

Vegan Vegetarian Housing Network WA (Veg housing group covering all of the state of Western Australia)

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Rent can be anywhere from $150 per week to $300 per week. I’d recommend staying under $200 per week if you are trying to save.

Working Holiday Visa In Australia: Why You Should Do It

As I mentioned, living and working in Australia is something I’ll never forget. I sometimes have to pinch myself, I can’t believe I’ve had the opportunity to do this. If you meet the requirements, I’d highly recommend giving it a try while you can!

Let me know if you would ever work abroad in the comments below!

[PS: Are you reading this and wondering how I’ve afforded to travel the world for so long?! Check out my e-book to get all the tips and tricks I used to save money for travel, save money on the road, and how I stay safe as a solo female traveler!]

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THE BOOK IS HERE

Happy New Year! It’s 2017 and I hope that everyone is looking forward to the New Year. I love the energy that a new year brings. Fresh beginnings, a clean start, all of the opportunity that we can create this year – let’s do it!

I can’t wait to see how this year unfolds. I have loads of personal and professional goals lined up, along with a LOT of travel goals! Speaking of which…. Remember a few months ago I mentioned that I was working on an ebook?? Well, it’s finished, and IT’S HERE.

I’ve been working on an ultimate guide to traveling the world – this baby contains all of the answers to the questions I get asked so often, plus lots of tips and tricks for traveling. I’ll give you a sneak peak – here is the table of contents.

  1. Why I Chose Long Term Travel over the American Dream
  1. Preparing for your trip: What to do immediately
  • Bank accounts
  • Credit Cards
  • Savings Plan
  • Travel Insurance
  • Planning Your Trip
  1. How to Pack Only the Necessities & the Gear You’ll Need to Do It  
  1. How to Find the Cheapest Flight & Are ‘Around The World’ Tickets Worth It?
  1. Booking Accommodation
  • Which type of accommodation are you looking for?
  • Long Term Accommodation: How to Find The Best Apartment
  • How to Keep Your Stuff Safe While Travelling
  1. How to Get Around
  • Figuring out Local Transportation
  • Safety on the Road
  1. Saving Money on the Road
  • How to Get Free Tours
  1. So You Want to Travel Long Term
  • Work Visas vs Tourist Visas
  • Making Money Online
  • Getting Your Stuff Together at Home – Opportunities

9. Sample budgets from Thailand, South America, Europe and Australia

 

As you can see, I’ve covered a LOT of information. This book is 40+ pages full of insight on how to save money to travel, how I used travel hacking to get free flights (and how you can too!) and even tips on keeping your stuff safe while traveling. It’s pretty jam packed!

I know you guys will love the book. I created this because my mission is to help people travel more. Travel has changed my life in the best ways possible and has helped me grow into a better person. I hope that I can help you achieve your travel goals in 2017! Click here to get your copy – I can’t wait to hear what you think about it!

xoxoxx

Amanda

 

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I watched a documentary a couple nights ago called The True Cost. It’s on Netflix (go check it out), and it is super interesting. I was aware of mostly everything that was brought up in the movie, but it is a great reminder of what we are supporting when we buy clothes that are made abroad and super inexpensive. The documentary really goes in depth with the people who work in the factories that produce clothing for the United States. At a few different points during the show, I was actually repulsed by the way these companies are treating the workers and getting away with it. It disgusted me enough to make a pact.

I have made a decision that from now on, I will not buy new clothes anymore UNLESS they are fair trade. I’ll be buying most of my clothes second hand (this is so much easier on the environment too), which will be a fun challenge. I really look forward to where this leads me, and I really hope that you can watch the movie and join my pledge. If you are willing to pledge with me, leave a comment down below and let me know. 🙂

P.S. Check out the YouTube video I did on this subject here.

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Today I am going to tell you a story. This is a story about how I decided to travel the world. And it’s a good one.

About a year ago, I was on airbnb.com, dreaming of all of the beautiful vacation rentals around the world. I had wanderlust, and I had it bad. I found this stunner in Costa Rica and decided I could not let this beautiful place continue to exist without me in it. I immediately texted my sisters and asked if they would want to go to Costa Rica, and live in this house. Of course they agreed. How could they not?!

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We booked the trip, my mom joined in (terrified to travel somewhere new, but we reassured her that it would be fine), and we started planning. I started looking at maps to see where we would be and what we could do. I realized that maybe I could extend this trip and check off some other countries to my list. I’d wanted to go to Nicaragua after my friend Diana went there – her pictures were stunning. I had already started a vague plan with my brother to visit Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Why not throw all of these together and just do it all at once?

Once I decided to do these all at the same time, the trip got bigger by the minute. I knew I wouldn’t get enough time off work to be able to travel to all of these places, so I came to the conclusion that I would have to quit my job. I committed to this trip. It became my baby. It spiraled into an around the world trip. Because, why not? Or Por Que No, as they say in Nicaragua. 😉

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After making these decisions, I knew that I would have to start saving. I saved incessantly. I was obsessed. Knowing that I only had a certain amount of time (and income) to save, I became ruthless. I cancelled my cell phone contract immediately. I started carpooling to work. I turned into a money saving machine. I did my own pedicures. I started making coffee at home and banned myself from Starbucks. I have an entire article of everything I did to save money, see it here.

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The bottom line is this: if you want to plan a vacation, or if you want to quit your 9-5 to travel the world for a year (or forever), you can. Just do it! Make a plan, save like a crazy person, spend time on travel websites, and cut your expenses. If I can do it, anyone can. It just involves dedication, a little research, and a decent amount of saving. Let me know in the comments where you want to go next!

 

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