Australia: My Choice to Stay in My Host Country

Extending your time abroad may be something that’s crossed your mind in theory, but can you imagine your host city or country becoming your new home? I certainly can. Whether to continue your studies, do some extra travelling, explore a relationship, or embark on a new degree or career, you most likely have some option…

Australia: Hosting An Aussie Dinner Party

One of my favourite ‘grown-up’ things to do in Sydney these days is to entertain guests as the host of an Aussie-style dinner party. During my first au pair arrangement in Australia, I became aware of the very distinct idea of a dinner party. Somehow it seems to be differentiated from ‘having friends over’ or…

Scuba Diving: A Whole New World

When I decided to study abroad in Sydney, Australia, I decided there was no way I was going to get right next to one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Natural World’ just to look at it. Would you travel to China just to look at its Great Wall, or are you going up for…

Getting Back Out There- Travel Safeguards While Traveling in 2021 & Beyond

With discretionary travel becoming something to look forward to once again, the tourism and travel industry as a whole is constantly evolving, along with the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we look toward a brighter tomorrow with the vaccination rollout in many countries and near-elimination thresholds being met in select places, we trust that…

Working Abroad

While many students embark on their study abroad experiences with the intention of finding part-time work abroad, this is something that requires a bit of research and effort, especially when looking for paid positions. I can’t speak for every city/country, but finding work in Sydney, Australia proved to be tough, and navigating immigration requirements was…

How to Make Friends Abroad When Life’s Online PART ONE

An interesting situation occurred while I was studying abroad. While the COVID-19 pandemic is the obvious winner as the craziest thing to happen during this time, the other was a simple one that affected a great deal of people: being separated from friends.  When I first came to Sydney, I was part of an affiliate…

Australia: Introducing Me, Semester 3!

Hi, I’m Robynn and I will be writing as a FinsUp Abroad Correspondent blogger again this semester. For the second time, I have decided to extend my studies abroad as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic conditions in the United States, as well as other factors. I wanted to reintroduce myself with my application prompt…

Australia: Au Pair Life: My Experience as a Live-In Nanny Abroad PART THREE

Part One: https://finsupabroad.com/2020/12/21/australia-au-pair-life-my-experience-as-a-live-in-nanny-abroad-part-one/ Part Two: https://finsupabroad.com/2020/12/21/australia-au-pair-life-my-experience-as-a-live-in-nanny-abroad-part-two/ In my last two posts, I detailed why I chose to become an au pair, and some of the demands of the job. In this final bit, I’ll lay out my advice for anyone considering work as an au pair/live-in nanny. The offerings for au pair arrangements vary greatly and…