Yes I have been in Switzerland 8 times, iIn Bellinzona, Lugano, Chiasso, Locarno, Zurich, St.Gallen, Thurgau, etc... But I never have worked there, I am looking now to find any solution to prepare any work licence and work visa but I think that is difficult...... Ciao.

Posted by Samir Limani, 22nd November 2010

I have recently resigned my position as au pair for a Swiss family. I had a very negative experience living with a family who I felt completely took advantage of me.

I was constantly criticized for my work and not once was I given any sort of encouragement for the things I was doing well. I was undermined in front of the children which proved to create large problems when left alone with the children because they had no respect for my authority. I had very little privacy and my stay was cut short due to illness because of extreme unhappiness.

Many of my friends who I met here have had similar experiences and stories, and most of those friends are Swiss themselves. I would not suggest North Americans to be employed with a family in Switzerland unless you are very much willing to take instructions and criticism non-stop and have a very unhappy time. The cultures are just too different.

My stay was supposed to span from August of this year (2006) to July of next year but I had to cut my stay short at the end of October because I was becoming ill and extremely unhappy. It is very possible that I could have found another family that would not take advantage of my services but I am too disappointed now and will be returning home after I have done the travelling that I came here to do.

I was here three months and the only travelling I was able to do was to go to the nearby cities here... Lausanne, Morges, Geneva and on the weekend that I quit, Bern. I came here to travel and travelling is what I will do. I have learned valuable life lessons through all this disappointment and I will never take for granted the Canadian (and North American) culture ever again. There is a sense of mutual respect for everyone, even strangers in my culture and that is not present in some Swiss people.

Posted by K.Klein, 30th October 2006
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