1. Explore websites
2. Determine personal stipulations
– What country/countries do you want to work in?
– What length of time do you want to be in Europe?
– Do you want to live in a city or the country?
– Is it important for you to have the weekends available?
– Are you willing to work weekends?
– Do you want to live-in or live-out?
– What is the minimum amount of money you are willing to accept per month?
– Are you willing to do (light) housework?
– How many hours are you willing to work per week?
– Will you work with single parents?
3. Make detailed online profiles
– Many pictures
– General letter to potential host families
– What sets you apart from other au pairs
– Ideal weekly schedule
– Ideal pay rate
– Other relevant qualifications
4. Reach out
– Mark profiles as “interests” or “favorites”
– Send families messages expressing your interest
– Create a blanket message to send out and cater it to each family
5. Skype with serious interests
– Discuss expectations
– Express concerns
– Clear up any confusion
– Meet the children
– Get a virtual tour of the home (specially, your bedroom)
– Figure out about the surroundings of the family’s home
– Decide on a length of stay
-After deciding which family you will be an au pair for, confirm that plans are in order
– Research visa options (if necessary, visit a consulate)