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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Blue Mountains: A Photo Diary

The Blue Mountains are just an hour and a half outside of Sydney – and definitely somewhere you need to visit if you’re into nature. I went here for the weekend (drove up Saturday morning and drove back Sunday evening), and it was an amazing little getaway. Check out my full post on the Blue Mountains.

GRAND CANYON HIKE & EVANS LOOKOUT 

I spent Saturday hiking the Grand Canyon trail to Evans Point. You can park at Evans Point if you’d rather skip the hike. It’s a steep one, but there are beautiful views along the trail. Parking is free – just don’t forget some snacks and lots of water!

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Try to get to Evans Lookout around sunset – the lighting on the canyon is beautiful! If you do this, make sure you are parked at the lot by the lookout (walking back in the dark is not recommended!). I hiked back from the lookout and then drove back to the lookout just in time for sunset. The lookout is right next to the parking lot, and just down the street is street parking (where we parked). Blue Mountains Evans Lookout SunsetBlue Mountains Evans Lookout SunsetBlue Mountains Sydney Grand Canyon Hike PhotoBlue Mountains Grand Canyon Hike

The Three Sisters

We made a quick stop at the Three Sisters on Sunday morning. The Three Sisters has an epic tale behind it – there is an aboriginal legend stating that the three sisters lived in Jamison Valley as part of the Katoomba tribe. They fell in love with three brothers from another tribe, but were forbidden to marry the brothers.Three Sisters Blue Mountains

The brothers approached the Katoomba tribe to capture and marry the sisters, starting a massive war. A witch doctor then turned the sisters to stone to protect them during the war, but then the witch doctor was killed in battle, and never able to return the sisters to their human state. I was entranced by this story – I’m a sucker for a good love story. However, on this cold and windy Sydney day, I decided to snap some pics and move on.

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Wentworth Falls

I spent the rest of Sunday at Wentworth Falls. We ended up on an impromptu 3 hour hike, trying to find the waterfall. After hiking down steep steps, over cliffs and through the canyon, we came to the first stop along the falls. Blue Mountains Wentworth Falls Sydney Weekend TripWentworth Falls Blue Mountains SydneyBlue Mountains Wentworth Falls TrailBlue Mountains Wentworth Falls Meditation

Empress Falls

After continuing on the track from Wentworth Falls, determined to find the bottom of the falls, we instead stumbled upon a completely different fall – the Empress Falls. This beautiful, multi-tiered fall did not disappoint. I even filled up my water bottle, had a little meditation, and sufficiently recharged from the long hike. Water has such a calming effect on me.
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Recommendations
  • Accommodation: I stayed in this airbnb. Use my link to get $25 off your first Airbnb trip!
  • Food: We stopped at IGA to pick up lunch and snack supplies for hiking, but we did get a chance to have dinner out at Thai Kitchen in Springwood, which I can definitely recommend! I had the yellow curry – it was one of the best I’ve ever had.
  • Coffee: We had really good coffees at Dan’s Coffee Haus (which is right on the freeway, and there’s an IGA next door!).

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Weekend Trip From Sydney: The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are just about two hours west of Sydney – it’s the perfect weekend getaway. If you’re tired of the city life and craving some fresh air, chill breezes, and solid hiking trails, read on for the perfect weekend away.

Blue Mountains: The Perfect Weekend Trip From Sydney

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I took Friday night to pack, eat some Lord Of The Fries, and plan out my weekend. I’d rented an airbnb (ps use my link to get $25 off your first airbnb trip!) just outside of the Blue Mountains, in Leonay.

We headed up to the Blue Mountains on Saturday morning, leaving Sydney around 9 am. Fueled up on a breakfast of porridge, we just stopped for a coffee and some lunch supplies on the way, and arrived at our first destination at 12:30.

Saturday: Grand Canyon Hike

The trip started off with a long hike in the Grand Canyon of the Blue Mountains National Park. The Grand Canyon loop is about a two to three hour loop. We went there and back the long way, which added up to 4 hours.

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After completely exhausting ourselves, we stopped at the Thai Kitchen in Springwood for some curries (I love a good yellow curry!). Next, we headed to the airbnb, where we took showers, had a glass of wine, and promptly fell asleep with sore legs and tired feet.

Sunday: Three Sisters and Wentworth Falls

On Sunday, we set off at 9 AM for coffee and food supplies. We found a cute little strip mall with a new coffee shop and a Supa IGA. My new favorite thing is having coffee “for here” – it’s such a better experience than takeaway! Dan's Coffee Hause Blue Mountains

Next, we headed toward the Three Sisters, a rock formation with an incredible tale behind it. It was cold and windy, so we didn’t stay for long.

Three Sisters Blue Mountains After getting the best views of the Three Sisters, we headed east to go home, planning a quick stop at Wentworth Falls (ps check out Wentworth on Netflix – it’s a great show! It’s the aussie version of Orange Is The New Black, maybe even better than OITNB).

Our “quick stop” at Wentworth Falls somehow turned in to a 3 hour hike. I was not going home without seeing the waterfall! In the end, I saw three waterfalls. It was worth the three hour hike, but I think I learned a valuable lesson here: be prepared for anything. I ended up filling up my water bottle under a waterfall because we ran out of water. That water was pretty good though!

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After a long weekend of hiking, it felt so good to come home. I got home around 7 on Sunday night, took a long hot shower, and slept sooo well.

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Funky Pies: Vegan Pies in Sydney

After being in Australia for eight months and never trying a classic Australian meat pie, I was so excited to find a vegan version of this Aussie dish. I never thought I would find vegan pies in Australia. Even better, Funky Pies is located right up the street from Bondi beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Sydney.

Funky Pies: Vegan Pies in Sydney

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When I arrived at Funky Pies, I could not believe the vegan selection they had. The whole place is vegan, and they offer a wide variety of pies, but also vegan desserts like candy bars, ice cream, loads of healthy drinks (kombucha, I’m looking at you), and you can even get frozen pies to take home! Walking in to Funky Pies is like walking into an Australian vegan heaven. The assortment of pies is incredible.

Funky Pies Vegan Sydney Funky Pies Vegan Sydney Though there are loads of choices, we picked right away. I went for the Funky Chunky, and my friend went for the Tuscan Mushroom. We chose one of each side (the options are mash, peas and gravy or salad) and split the lot.Funky Pies Vegan Sydney Funky Pies Vegan Sydney Funky Pies Vegan Sydney Funky Pies Vegan Sydney

My favorite was the funky chunky. The tuscan mushroom was amazing as well, but I could seriously eat 5 of those funky chunky pies! My friend couldn’t choose a favorite – they were both too good! All in all, this was one seriously satisfying meal. Funky Pies Vegan Sydney

We left the restaurant full, happy, and ready for some more Bondi beach walking.

Check out Funky Pies website, or visit the shop at 144 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi.

 

 

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Best Beaches In Sydney

Since being in Sydney, it’s been my mission to find and photograph the most beautiful beaches that this city has to offer. These are the best beaches in Sydney, Australia.

Best Beaches in Sydney

Best Beaches in Sydney

  1. Bondi Beach

Bondi is one of the most well-known beaches in Sydney – there is even a TV show filmed here! It’s beautiful. Make sure to get a photo of the Icebergs club while you’re around (check out the beautiful insta photos of the icebergs club). Bondi is surrounded by quaint little restaurants and cafes. Most noteworthy, Bondi offers a really great hiking path, heading through Bronte to Coogee beach. Best Beaches in SydneyBondi is also a great place for vegans – check out Speedo’s Cafe for their epic vegan burger, or head over to Funky Pies for an epic Aussie pie, vegan-style. Because of the incredible vegan options here, stop by around meal time.

2. Manly Beach

Manly is Bondi’s little sibling. This beach is surrounded by any shop you’d want to visit, including lots of big name Australian and worldwide brands. The beach is long and boasts lots of restaurants and tourist shops just across the street. Best Beaches in Sydney

3. Coogee Beach

Coogee is the beach you go to for a relaxing, chill afternoon. First of all, it’s surrounded by a park (great spot for a picnic), a few coffee shops, and some great cafes. It’s not quite as busy as the other beaches; therefore, it makes it a great spot for a relaxed Sunday session. Best Beaches in Sydney

4. Bronte Beach

Located between Coogee and Bondi beaches, Bronte beach seems like a hidden gem. It’s on the smaller side of Sydney beaches. This one is located in a little cove, surrounded by cliffs on both sides. In addition to the adorable location, this one is a perfect beach for families. Best Beaches in Sydney

5. Burning Palms Beach

While Bondi is a major tourist attraction, Burning Palms is a bit of a secret. Located in the Royal National Park, just south of Sydney CBD, you’ll need to take a 45-min hike to find the beach. Hike a bit past the beach, and you’ll stumble upon the insta-famous Figure 8 pool. Just watch the tide warnings – a high tide means that you’ll be in a danger zone.

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6. Palm Beach

Head to Palm beach to gaze in awe at the sparkling water, flanked by the Barrenjoey lighthouse and the bay. The Australian soap opera Home and Away is filmed here. Take a hike to the top of the lighthouse for some unforgettable views of the ocean meeting the bay (and get all the instagrams).

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As a result of my time searching for the best beaches in Sydney, I’ve drank more coffee, eaten at more vegan restaurants, and even ran into some cheeky garage sales and a celebrity!

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Tell me in the comments – what is your favorite beach in the world?




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