New Zealand is a former English colony off the coast of Australia. Au Pairs from New Zealand typically gain child care experience through babysitting or working as a nanny.
New Zealand is one of the English speaking countries we recruit Au Pairs from and of the Au Pairs from New Zealand are native speakers.
College education is very important in New Zealand. Because of this, most of our Au Pairs from New Zealand are either students or plan to enroll in college after their time as an Au Pair in the U.S.
What do Host Parents say about their Au Pairs from New Zealand?
Sarah, a Host Mom with Go Au Pair, has hosted an Au Pair for New Zealand for the past 9 months.
How well did your Au Pair assimilate into your home?
“Very well. The fact that we share English as a primary language made the transition much easier! Although we had a to learn a few new kiwi words, for the most part, communication was never a problem. This was a huge advantage during the early period when the Au Pair is getting to know the family and routines and new job, all at once.”
What cultural differences did you encounter?
“Mostly just in learning from each other about different practices and cultural protocols that we each share. Most importantly, our values and priorities for the children (discipline, rules of behavior, manners, etc.) were remarkably well aligned from the start. We knew little about the heritage and geography of New Zealand and the entire family has enjoyed learning about it.”
Would you ever choose another Au Pair from New Zealand?
“Absolutely. Based on our experience, we would place an Au Pair from New Zealand at the top of our short list.”
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