I travelled to Italy for 3 months as an au pair. My experience had it’s ups and downs and I would like to share them with you. First off, my review of the Celtic Child Care Agency is great. They were there for me when I needed them and helped me with everything. This was my first time being an au pair and when I read the reviews when I was deciding on becoming an au pair, all experiences were great. Throughout my experience I learned a lot, I became more independent in myself and over came many obstacles.
I have never bussed or trained before in Canada, so going to live in Italy for three months, was a big change because I had to bus and train everywhere. Not only the transportation but the culture is a big change as well. I worked with two families during the three months. In my opinion, both families are very child orientated.
I stayed with a family for the first month, and a different family for the last two months.
I had some communication issues with the first family, like for the month of July- we went to the family’s sea side and I was not told that I was not allowed to stay at the sea side on weekends which caused a huge issue because I had to leave and also transport to Turin city at my own expense which cost about 40 euros in total for one weekend- which is almost half my pay just for transportation). This is where Celtic Child Care Agency helped me a lot. I was able to stay at a place thanks to them, which I was very grateful for.
I did have fun, learned a lot, and got to travel on the weekends- going to places such as Rome, Milan, Venice, cinque terre, etc. I got to meet other au pairs at hostels and made new friends. I got to spend my time at the beach at their sea side with the two girls. But there can be ups and downs and I just want people to know- looking into this- that sometimes it isn’t perfect.
Celtic Child Care Agency helped me when I needed a place to stay and when I needed to switch families.
It was a good experience, and like I said before, I truly learned a lot. If you are reading this and want to message me, please do! I am very open