I'm in the wrong line of work. Working vacations plus paid vacation? Does anyone need a male nanny with absolutely no experience to travel to Europe with you?
there are male au pairs. when I lived in Switzerland one of my best friends there was a guy. It's actually a pretty sweet deal. I lived with the family and had my own bed/bath. I ate whatever meals with them that I wanted and got paid 750 CHF/month on top of it. I worked about 30 hours/week and was off every weekend from 1:00 pm on Friday until 3:00 pm on Monday. I also cooked most meals and did the ironing (both of which i enjoy - I was given other choices). I was on duty at 8 am 2 days a week then off at 1 pm for the rest of the day. the other days I didn't start until either 11:30 or 3 (depending on the day) and was off at 6 or 8. I also got paid health care, 4 weeks of vacation, trips with the family (which included Paris, Zurich, Egypt and 2 weeks at their ski Chalet in Anzere) and paid holidays off. I also got to live at the base of the Swizz alps for a year.
I did it when I was 27 and it happened after I quit my job at Vanguard. I just got a bug up my butt to go so 6 weeks after making the decision I was on a plane. Best thing I ever did.
I also crunched the numbers. When I added in the free room and board, only working 30 hours, 4 weeks of vacation, free trips, health care and stipend, i was making just about as much doing that as I was making after-tax at Vanguard. Of course I didn't have 401k or any of that but it was worth it!
I highly suggest anyone who gets the bug take advantage of it!