Virginia Is For Lovers: The Budget Travellers Guide to the Shenandoah Valley

Virginia has more to offer than the first US landing, although that is pretty cool. Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is home to some of the world’s oldest mountains and their rolling hills display all the agony and weathering they’ve gone through. … Continue reading

Get Your Ski On Around Washington D.C.! Best Skiing Around the Metropolitan Area

As the winter rolls in, most tend to flock south towards the warm weather! Rightfully so, I may add. However, for those of us who enjoy our cold weather and enjoy our winter sports, this posts for you! I’ve done … Continue reading

6 Attractions in Virginia You Probably Didn’t Know You Needed to Visit

I’d venture to say that Virginia isn’t the top destination for travellers visiting the USA. Furthermore, I’d say that the main reason people would visit VA is due to its proximity to Washington D.C. Well I’m here to tell you … Continue reading

6 Regional Destinations I’m Determined to See this Year

We all have aspirations to do huge international, multi-country trips for long periods of time. But what about the less extravagant yet still amazing trips? I’m talking about the “local” ones, the ones you can get to easily and are … Continue reading

7 Eateries You Need to Try in Arlington, VA

7) Whitlow’s on Wilson Home to possibly the best Happy Hour in Arlington, Whitlow’s on Wilson offers a great bar scene for people of all ages. Dozens of beers on tap, a dozen more in bottled, every Monday – Tuesdays – … Continue reading

Best Hidden Gems of Virginia

When most people think of Virginia… well actually, most people don’t think of Virginia. At least not that often. But here we are! Bordering the nations capital, the Atlantic ocean, and home to a few of the wealthiest counties in … Continue reading

Best Music Venues in the Washington D.C. Area

The DMV (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia [and also Washington D.C.]) is very popular for almost every style of music! Whether you’re listening to Kendrick Lamar at the Merriweather Post Pavillon or Jimmy Buffet at Jiffy Lube Live; the National Symphony Orchestra … Continue reading

Historic Downtown: Maximize Your Time in Fredericksburg, VA

Fredericksburg, VA was once listed number five on a list of top ten college towns in the United States, filling its streets with old stye diners, Mom-n-Pop shops, and antique stores dating back to colonial times. Although it may not have … Continue reading

Finding a Job in South Africa! (23.9.2014)

In previous posts, I’ve mentioned that I plan on studying abroad for an entire academic year in Cape Town, South Africa beginning next fall. Because of the difference in seasons and the fact that we’re in opposite hemispheres – Virginia and South Africa, our academic school year calendars are reversed, i.e. our fall semester is their spring semester, their summer break is our winter break, and so on so forth. This causes a dilemma because I will essentially have another summer break while there, a three month period in between our semesters. Because I believe it will take away from the experience, I plan on NOT returning to the USA during that break. I’ve been throwing around ideas in my head as to what I could possibly do during those three months, and here’s what I came up with:

1) Housesit

2) Get a job

3) Travel around

4) Become an Au Pair

Of these options, I found “Becoming and Au Pair” to be the most realistic and exciting choice of them all. Becoming and au pair would allow myself to truly embrace the culture of a community by immersing myself IN that culture. Living with a family from that country will show me how locals live, work, and play.

At the beginning of my research, I had no idea how to become an au pair and/or find a job as one. I decided to post on my favorite travel forum, hosted by Nomadic Matt, and ask my fellow travel enthusiasts if they knew any good ways.

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 10.34.09 PMI found that a common response was to check out greataupair.com. Of course, I checked it out, and it was perfect! Because I don’t know how many times I would be using my account, it was great not to have to pay for membership. I was able to join and create a profile for free. Of course, upgrades are available, but for my purposes, the standard membership page was suffice. Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 10.32.32 PMThe basic membership page includes places to update information such as age, health concerns, qualifications, dates available, experiences, and strengths and/or weaknesses (which I have none of, of course).  They also have this nifty online “interview” where they have loaded 20 or so pre-scripted questions that you can answer. After completion, you can publish these Q&A’s for your potential employer to read.

The website also has a messaging system, so if anyone is interested in your services, they have the ability to contact you without having to post your personal email for the world to see.

If you are interested in becoming an Au Pair, I most certainly suggest this website. Becoming an Au Pair is more then just a place to live, it’s a way of embracing a culture in a way that I personally find the most interesting…immersion. I hope that as my time frame approaches, I will receive more messages and I can find a family that wants to hire me!

Wish Me Luck! Cheers,

Alex