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South African Au Pairs

South African Au PairLiving abroad as an Au Pair is extremely common in South Africa. Our South African Au Pairs typically decide to join the program before beginning college. Because of their school schedule, most Au Pairs from South Africa prefer to arrive between September and December.

English and Afrikaans are the official languages of South Africa. Afrikaans is very similar to Dutch and the Scandinavian languages. For most of our South African Au Pairs, English is their first language.

Daycares are common in South Africa and most Au Pairs gain their child care experience through working or volunteering in these centers. This is why all of our South African Au Pairs placed in the U.S. had experience with children in the 2-5 year and 5-10 year age groups. Also, over half of our Au Pairs from South Africa had experience with children under the age of two prior to their arrival.

Sunny South Africa is known for long sunlit days in December and its’ winter rainfall in June. The climate is fairly temperate because of the surrounding Indian and Atlantic Oceans. South Africa is a multi-lingual country with English as one of their 11 official languages. English is commonly used inbusinessinteractions.  More than likely your Au Pair from South Africa will speak English fluently.

African dances, safaris, wildlife adventures and whale watching are a few of the activities to participate in if you visit South Africa. Your Au Pair may have an affinity for macadamia nuts, because South Africa is the world's largest producer of these nuts. They also happen to be the second largest exporter of fruit in the world.

There is a tremendous amount of diversity in South Africa; in general, however, the family is at the center of everything they do and at the heart of every tribe. Even when Africans move to more urban areas they will continue to support the family in the rural areas. About one in four South Africans are white, while the other three-fourths are black.

Some interesting tidbits about South Africa are: the world's largest diamond was found there in 1905. South African is home to Nelson Mandela and was the birthplace of J.R. Tolkien. Besides elephants and tigers, you can also see penguins here. Finally, South Africa has the worlds’ highest commercial bungi jump (710 feet). If you’re looking for an Au Pair,take the dive and go for one from South Africa.

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What do Host Parents say about their Au Pairs from South Africa?

Stacy has been a Host Mom with Go Au Pair since 2005. Her most recent Au Pair, Tarryn, is from South Africa. Tarryn has spent nearly two years with Stacy's family as their Au Pair.

How well did your Au Pair assimilate into your home?

"Our Au Pair assimilated very well. Since English is the first language in South Africa, we didn’t have any communication barriers. It also helped with the kids homework because she was able to understand everything. The only thing is that they drive on the other side of the road but we bought her driving lessons and took her out constantly at the beginning and then there were no issues due to that factor."

What cultural differences did you encounter?

"I think there weren’t many cultural differences. As with someone new in your home you need to adjust to their personalities and how they do things but overall it came together very nicely."

Would you ever choose another Au Pair from South Africa?

"I would only consider bringing in Au Pairs from South Africa. My first one from South Africa was terrific, and we are in the process of working to bring her back to our home, and my second one from South Africa stayed for 2 years. If I could keep her longer, I would."