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Au Pair/Nanny

Young women will have the most luck finding work as household help. Responsibilities depend upon the family, but usually will include cleaning, cooking, babysitting, errand-running, etc. Pay and holidays again will vary with each family, and be aware that this can be a position in which being taken advantage of is a matter of course. Try to establish ground rules before starting, and ask what will be expected from each side. If you have a kind-hearted family, it can be a delightful experience.

Several organizations in Europe place au pairs and nannies. Ask around while you are there or look in local newspapers. You can also place an ad in local newspapers in an area where you would like to stay, before you go. There are many websites and lists; your online search can start with the International Au Pair Association directory ( or go to Susan Griffith's piece in Transitions Abroad on being an au pair in Europe:

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