The Au Pair in Australia Team
We are the faces behind the company! We love sharing our experiences and helping people have an amazing experience in Australia.
The Australian Team
Wendi - Managing Director - AIFS Australia
I have been working in youth tourism and cultural exchange for over 20 years, and for AIFS since 2005. Having lived and worked overseas (Boston, London and Tokyo) I know the challenges and joys that are part of living away from home. Since 2012 I have served as the chair of the Au Pair industry association, CAPAA and I am also a panel member of ‘BYTAP’, the Australian youth and backpacking advisory panel. I am passionate about au pairing - my family has been hosting Au Pairs for the last 2 years and it has been a truly amazing experience. Learning more about the world has opened my children’s eyes to travel and endless possibilities they would not have otherwise considered. As a host mum it is reassuring to know that my children are in good care, and learning more about the world. As Managing Director of AIFS I oversee AIFS’ cultural exchange programmes into and out from Australia including Au Pair in Australia, Work & Travel Australia, Au Pair in America, and Camp America.
Anja - Programme Manager
I was born in Germany and lived in Austria and Singapore before coming to Australia in 1999. During my school and study years I have been on high school and language exchange to France and England and hosted students in our family home as well. Since coming to Australia, we have hosted a lot of young people over extended periods and I do enjoy the exchange. My 2 daughters, now 17 and 19, are in the age bracket of the au pairs and I believe to have a good connection to this generation. Being a mum and having gone through the various stages, as well as living far away from my extended family, puts me in a good position to relate to both sides, au pairs and host families. At AIFS I manage the Au Pair Program and very much enjoy the different responsibilities and working with a great team. We are here to help, support and solve any problems that may occur. In Australia I have travelled extensively along the East coast and covered a lot of areas in QLD, NSW and VIC from Cape Tribulation down to Melbourne. However, just walking along Manly Beach and having coffee in Manly on the weekend is still a highlight for me and I wouldn’t want to miss it
Jasmine - Au Pair Coordinator
I joined the AIFS Au Pair team this year as an Au Pair Coordinator but previously worked as a corporate lawyer. I moved to Australia a year ago from Europe and completed study abroad in both Germany and France. I have a wide experience in cultural exchange and moving to a new country. Having experienced the shock of moving countries, I am a great resource for Au Pairs and host families alike. I love Italy as it is full of culture, diversity, and fresh pasta. I speak 5 different languages and have a secret talent for diplomacy. My next dream travel destination would be South America to discover the ancient “Anka” civilization. I had the chance to travel along the East Coast in 2016 and enjoyed the diversity of Australia, the amazing beaches and the multiculturalism but I also like the breathtaking white sand beaches in Jervis Bay in Australia.
Kirily - Au Pair Coordinator
Born and raised in Australia. My background is in childcare and education. I am passionate about children being safe and nurtured positively. The focus on screening au pairs and families gives a greater chance for successful placements and a safe enjoyable time for all participants. My role at AIFS is to help share with new host families how great our programme is, upload and check over new au pair applications and to assist families and au pairs with questions and queries during their time on the programme. It’s a role that has different components every day. I really love accentuating my ‘Aussieness’ when I meet the new au pairs and love sharing my favourite things about Australian culture, such as May Gibbs, fairy bread and our Aboriginal culture My favourite place in Australia is Wattamolla in the National Park in Sydney. I was taken there as a baby and through my childhood and I have shared it with visitors from Finland, Italy, Germany and England. It is a lot busier now than when I was a child! I travelled to Ireland in 2014 and so far Dingle in Ireland is my favourite place in the world. I absolutely loved exploring Ireland. I have a strong affinity with the Irish; the humour, music and history and I would love to see more of the Emerald Isle.
Anna- Community Counsellor and Au Pair Co-ordinator
I was born and grew up in Poland. After finishing school I spent nearly 10 years in Germany where I studied and worked as a language teacher before I decided to start a new chapter Down Under. I came to Australia 6 years ago and fell in love with the country straight away! It is quite different to any European country I have been to, but the laid-back Australian life style is definitely something I enjoy! I am a mum to a gorgeous 6-year-old girl, and I feel very fortunate to be able to raise her in such an open-minded and modern country. I really love Sydney with its busy city centre, amazing beaches and multiculturalism but I also like Adelaide in South Australia and the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef in Queensland! I think Australia has got a lot to offer and everyone can find something they will enjoy! I speak Polish, English, German and Italian and together with other AIFS team members I will do my best to assist and support you throughout your Aussie adventure!