There is also a blog post with tips, recommendations and information you need to know if you are planning your own Work & Travel journey in Australia in the making.
If you have any further questions or ideas for other Q&A topics, please let me know!
My time as an AuPair has been one of my favourite experiences here in Australia. I am so so glad I got the change to try it, even if it was just for a short period of time. I could not have asked for a better family that will now be my second home far away on the other side of the world and we are already talking about me coming back to visit as soon as I can… and I haven’t even left.
Luckily I found a job nearby so that I can still hang out with them and visit on my free days and it melts my heart when I see how happy the kids are when I am back and spend time with them.
I am just overly grateful for everything and so glad I had this experience!
Where did you find your AuPair family?
They messaged me over aupairworld.com where you can sign up for free, create an account & profile talking about you and what you are looking for and search for families in countries you want to travel to.
Why did I want to do AuPair in Australia?
One of my best friends told me about aupairworld.com and suggested me to just have a look. And then I ended up liking the idea of becoming and AuPair more and more. I really wanted to experience the REAl Australian family life and I love kids and working with them. Also, it’s a fun and versatile job and I wanted to try it out.
What are my jobs? What am I doing?
My job is very versatile. I help getting the kids ready for school in the morning, play/entertain/supervise them in the afternoon, do homework with them, help them get ready for bed, prepare school lunches and snacks, cook dinner with my mom and also doing household work like laundry, cleaning, dishes, going food shopping and whatever else was on the plan/my mom needed help with.
But we also enjoyed our time a lot. My mom took me to many places to see the area we live in, going to the beach, for breakfast, shopping, watching Netflix and movies with the kids, reading bedtime stories…
Is AuPair hard work? Can I recommend it?
It definitely is hard work. Sometimes you need strong nerves and it can get loud and exhausting. But on the other side, it is so fun and funny and the amazing thing about working with kids is, that they always give you something back in return.
So from my side, I can definitely recommend it and I would do it again, but you need to be that type of person that is patient and can be strict while still being nice.
Do I earn money?
Yes, I get 200$ per week and food and accommodation for free. Usually, your work around 15-20 hours for food and accommodation and the rest is paid.
Do you speak German or English with your kids?
I speak mostly English with my family, but my mom is learning German at the moment so we practice a lot and say things like: Guten Appetit, Gute Nacht, Danke, Bitte, Hab dich lieb, Ich habe Hunger and stuff in German and the kids pick that up and use it as well which is the cutest.
If you have any further questions, feel free to ask them down below!
This year was a very special New Year’s Eve because we started the year with fireworks at the Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Sydney!
You might have seen the famous fireworks on TV several times already because they show them every year. Not just because Sydney is the first big City celebrating into the new year every year, but also because the scenery of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House makes an amazing location.
I was not just lucky enough to have my family over for three weeks in Australia and not having to be without them for Christmas, but we also got to end our road trip from Cairns south to Sydney on New Year’s Eve to see the fireworks at the harbour.
Our New Year’s Eve Day
We already arrived in Sydney on the 30th and stayed the last night in our camper at Burwood Park where it wasn’t prohibited to stay overnight.
The next morning we checked into our rooms in Burwood at Boronia Lodge, left our camper and went straight into the city centre. Luckily Burwood is only 20 minutes away from the city centre.
We had lunch in the city and walked to The Rocks where we had tickets for a cordoned area with a great view over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera that where FREE! You only need to be quick.
All the areas with the best views are cordoned for New Year’s. For some, you have to pay lot’s of money (the cheapest were around 400$ including food), for the Campbells Cove you just need to be quick to get the tickets (we already got them in September).
After we checked how the land lies because we didn’t know how many people are going to be there / if the view would only be good from specific places that you need to save early etc. we went to get an afternoon snack and some sandwiches for dinner to take away as there weren’t that many food options on the venue area.
From around 4pm we started waiting… because we didn’t have that much information about how the afternoon/evening in Sydney will take place, we had to be there early and wait a lot – but you will be lucky enough to have some more knowledge after reading my blog post and you can improve from our mistakes/experiences!
Unfortunately, it started raining very hard at around 7pm and we couldn’t stay seated. Luckily there was a bridge on our venue location where everyone looked for shelter from the rain and storm. We also were very lucky that it was still warm because we were not prepared at all and only improvised a rain cape from a garbage bag that kept us dry and warm.
At 9pm there was the first fireworks for the kids which was already amazing and some families also left afterwards.
We had a few more rain showers and at around 22pm it started to get fuller because they close the gates for the area at 22.30pm. But there was still enough space to sit down and walk around comfortably.
From our place, we could see that that the streets leading to the Harbour through the Rocks where packed. Like really packed. So we were very thankful for our safe space and also the bridge saved us a lot.
All the hours of waiting were very exhausting because there wasn’t a lot of distraction and if we would have known how things work before, we for sure wouldn’t have arrived that early.
Then it was FINALLY 12pm and the amazing firework started. The firework locations are spread over the whole water area in Sydney and there are no private fireworks allowed (obviously), but the Harbour and Opera view, of course, is the prettiest. It’s just a great show and location!
After the fireworks, EVERYONE is trying to get to the tram stations as quick as possible and you can’t believe how many people are there. All the streets are packed with people walking in the same direction. It is insane and you can only be thankful that glass bottles and alcohol is prohibited – otherwise, it wouldn’t work out as relaxed!
You can’t really do something to get home quick. It’s just not possible. Everything is crowded and even though there are lots of trams departing they can’t bundle off these millions of humans fast.
in the whole city centre area, glass bottles and alcohol are prohibited and the police (that is very present the whole evening) is allowed to check your bags
the streets of the CBD, as well as the Harbour Bridge, are blocked for vehicles from the afternoon on until late at night
around 2 million people watch the fireworks at the harbour in Syndey (even more than in New York!) and they all want to leave after the show – don’t even think about getting a taxi/uber or the tram at Circular Quay right away (as long as you don’t stand next to the station while watching the fireworks. When you are close to the Harbour, everyone else behind you will get there before)
restaurants and bars might close earlier to prepare for their evening dinners (prebooked way in advance and pretty expensive)
they start selling the tickets about in September and you need to be really quick. You can sign up for their e-mail newsletter and be the first to tell when they start selling
arrive by tram and walk to the Campbells Cove from Circular Quay – driving by car is just way too stressful when everyone wants to go home and also lots of streets are closed
when the weather is supposed to be bad/rainy, lot’s of people that got tickets look for different options or only arrive at around 22pm, but when the weather is good the venue is reaching its capacity at around 5pm, they close the entry at 22.30pm
they say they have food and drinks for sale, but there were only 2 stalls and you are allowed to bring your own food and unalcoholic drinks
take reusable non-glass bottles to refill so you don’t have to buy their expensive water
take blankets, card games, snacks, jackets to survive all the waiting
don’t arrive too late (besides that you won’t get a good place) but it also will be hard to get through the crowds to the entry of the venue
It was an amazing experience and I would never want to miss it, but I have to say that it was also very exhausting and I would not want to do it the same way every year. I am more a person for a chilled dinner with friends and watching the fireworks from distance.
What was your craziest New Year’s experience? How do you like to celebrate the new year? How did you this year? Would you like to see Sydney’s fireworks for New Year’s one day?
The last year changed my life completely. 2018 was my year of big changes. It started and ended with a family vacation, but everything in between is not at all how it was before.
The first months of 2018 were filled with school, exams, learning, working. But I also took lots of time to spend with my friends and family.
I turned 18 at the beginning of the year. And even though this means being an adult, I didn’t felt a big change…luckily. Driving a car on my own, without having to have one of my parents next to me was the biggest difference I could feel.
In April I finally had my last day of school. Celebrated and enjoyed with my friends and making one of the last school memories together. Then the preparations for the final exams started and in the end, I can say: it sounded more difficult and challenging than it was. We all made it – we all celebrated our High School graduation.
And that was the biggest change of 2018: stopping to work on things that I need to know, need to do when someone wants it, to do what I love and choose for myself. I can finally use my time however I wish to. I finally spend my days doing things I love, enjoy, that are bringing me closer to my goals and that I truly want.
After I enjoyed the summer in Europe at home and in Portugal for two weeks, worked in a beer garden and café for a while and spend as much time with my family and friends as I could, I started the journey I have dreamt of since I was 14 years old.
I went to Australia. With a huge backpack on my shoulders and so much excitement for what is about to come. Facing the biggest adventure of my life, all by myself and knowing that I would learn, grow, experience and meet many new people along the way.
And my year still ended with my family by my side. I was lucky enough to have them over in OZ for three weeks over Christmas and New Year’s.
So this was my year 2018! I take a lot of amazing memories, lessons I learned, new and old friends, pictures I took and more excited for what is to come into 2019!
Plans for 2019
In the last year, I wrote down goals that I want to archive. But even though I am a hard working person and I like to get things done, learn, grow and improve, it is hard to keep up with long-term goals. I just never know how and where to start. I rather like to tick many things off my to-do list and get things done to feel accomplished and productive. So this year I want to set myself a big to-do list / daily/weekly goals that are easier to keep up with.
My To-Do List for 2019
Eat healthy! Which means: vegan, lots of veggies and especially greens, wholesome products, minimal produced food, good amount of protein, drinking at least two litres of water/tea
Be active! Go for walks, hikes, bike rides, swims, dance, stretch, do yoga, clean, cook or bake in the kitchen, take pictures – try to limit sitting that is not necessary for eating or working
Spread positivity! Be happy, grateful, thankful, loving, caring, kind, helpful, nice. Pamper yourself, do things that make you feel happy and loved, love yourself, care for yourself so you can take care of others, practice gratitude, spread positivity
Be me! Not afraid of other peoples opinions, doing what I desire to, not being shy because I might have different opinions or values than others, don’t overthink your decisions too much
Make a positive impact on the world! Eat vegan, buy only vegan & cruelty free products, don’t support animal cruelty, use only minimal plastic, buy from sustainable brands, support local agriculture and businesses, use re-useable products, buy less and also: talk about these topics with people you meet, your friends and family, make people think and hopefully improve and change to the better, be a good example, inspire people
Work towards your big goals in life! Read books, blogs, educate yourself, practice, practice, practice, work hard, put in effort and heart, take opportunities, go for it
Workout! At least 4 times a week. Whatever you fancy: go for runs, hikes, bike rides, swims, home workouts – at least you sweat, breath heavy and feel it in your body. But especially work on building muscles, let them burn, let them grow, tone and strengthen.
Stretch and do Yoga regularly! Stretch after every workout as well as stretch and do yoga for a peaceful mind, to move your body in between working at the desk, to stretch your sore muscles and to get more flexible
Set goals and write to-do lists for the week! To keep on track, keep focused and organised, to work towards the big goals, to be productive
Upload 3 blog posts per week with interesting content that has value
Do a surf camp and learn to surf
Be an AuPair
Find a job in a health food café, organic store or somewhere else that I like
Live at the coast, in an apartment near the ocean, with a balcony to have breakfast outside
Film and edit more, upload videos on YouTube, make vlogs
Write an eBook
Travel and enjoy Australia, travel the East Coast
Get a tattoo and a third ear piercing
Declutter and sell my closes and build a minimal wardrobe with great timeless pieces
Ride a horse at the beach
Travel and explore Bali
Test many healthy vegan cafés and restaurants or dishes
Do a retreat on Bali
Do Yoga in Bali
Do a Yoga class on the beach
appreciate and enjoy being home and around my family and friends
Enjoy having a kitchen to myself, all the ingredients I need and try out new recipes, make recipe videos, create recipes, take beautiful food photos
Get my own apartment or a shared apartment, design it minimalistic and beautiful
Make my blog into a business, more professional, consistent, interesting, incorporate YouTube videos, improve writing and photography
find and connect with people that share the same interests, values, thoughts etc.
What do you think about New Year’s Plans? Did you set some for yourself? What are you excited about in 2019?