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The Experience of Solo Traveling: Zoe’s Story

on Mar 8, 2018 10:24:04 PM By | Zoe Ripplinger | 1 Comment | Au Pair seek experiences The Netherlands
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go.” These are the words written by Dr. Seuss that have inspired me to start solo traveling.
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Top Reasons to Au Pair Abroad

on May 16, 2016 7:06:26 AM By | Marissa | 0 Comments | Au Pair get paid to work abroad The Netherlands
It isn't every day you pack your life into a few suitcases and move to a new country to help raise strangers' kids. Here's a few reasons why being an  Au Pair in The Netherlands  was completely life-changing (and why I'd do it again tomorrow if I could).
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Au Pair in the Netherlands: Michelle's Journey

on Jan 26, 2016 1:52:03 PM By | Michelle | 0 Comments | Au Pair get paid to work abroad The Netherlands
Such a spontaneous thing-- to pause your life in your country to live a year abroad in the home of another family as an au pair. It's a learning and growing process from the very beginning.  I am 18 years old and have learned so much in the Netherlands since I got here two months ago. Things about life, culture differences, and myself.
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Au Pair in The Netherlands: Travel, Biking and Herring

on Apr 10, 2015 7:47:56 AM By | Gabriella | 0 Comments | Au Pair The Netherlands Work Abroad
Every day is exciting and busy, and filled with new challenges.  Some major challenges I have overcome is biking. The bicycle is The Netherlands main transportation. I have had to learn to bike in traffic, adjust to new road rules, and bike with a child. Another, I wouldn’t necessarily say challenge, more of an obstacle, would be herring. Herring is a small fish the Dutch love more than I think they love their bicycles!  The popular fish is eaten raw, sometimes topped with onions or pickles, or served on bread. Since I never turn down a new experience, I tried it, definitely not my new favorite food, or “liefelingseten” in Dutch. But not everything has been a challenge. Some amazing experiences I have had so far include going to the market on Saturdays, biking the trails through the forest on the edge of Hilversum, making my way through the endless streets of Amsterdam, and traveling alone in Europe. My host family has been unbelievably generous and took me with them on a family vacation to Malaga, Spain my second week here. I fell in love with Spain and its beautiful coastline, yummy seafood, and pretty coastal towns. While I have been here I have also gone on my first solo trip to Antwerp, Belgium. Antwerp is about two hours away by train. Antwerp is a small safe city packed with shopping, good food, and lots to do. It is perfect for just a day trip, but I stayed for two nights and got to experience the city for a whole weekend. Don't miss out on your chance to have an exciting year working as an au pair in The Netherlands!    Although I have been here for merely a month and a half, I do have advice for future au pairs in The Netherlands.  Europe is safe, but you must always be cautious, and do not let traveling alone scare you.  I definitely advise exploring as much as you can and trying everything. Eat a lot of food, go on long bike rides, and invite the kids you’re watching to go with you. Check out local parks, zoos, museums, and even gardens. Also, make sure you communicate. Ask your host family lots of questions, they can be very helpful in making travel plans or coming up with ideas to keep the kids busy. Lastly, do not be scared to contact au pairs in your area.  They make great coffee dates, travel buddies, or just some people to talk to about challenges you are facing. 
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