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Au pair?

Has anyone here had an au pair?  Any good/bad experiences with them?  Sort of curious about how it all works.

 Thanks!

Re: Au pair?

  • We haven't...but DH's cousin uses them to help care for their two twin boys. They had a young woman most recently from Sweden (or something) who was using the opportunity to travel, learn english better, etc. I thought she was a family friend at first...the way the adults all got along and how the kids played with her. They were all very sad when she had to leave :(

    Sounds like they need a visa, and you cover the cost of their healthcare, travel food and housing...but only have to pay something like $5/hr for salary. They can stay in the US a year, and while they only technically work a 40-45hr week...they are there all day to help with the kids, cooking, housework, night feedings, etc. They live with you and your family. 

    http://www.aupair.com/  (and other sites like it)

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  • Our au pair has been here for 2 weeks now and she is AWESOME so far. We love her. We went thru Cultural Care Au Pair and so far it has been a great experience. 

    My only advice is that you ask very specific questions of the au pairs you are looking for. Most of them don't have a lot of experience, but are eager to learn. We have 2 very young girls, so we needed someone with a little baby experience AND preschooler experience. We had to interview quite a few au pairs to find someone we clicked with who also had the experience we were looking for.

    Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions about the process. dyana (dot) stevens (at) gmail (dot) com 

      

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