Goodbyes are never easy, but they are required when you have an au pair. Au pairs come to the U.S. for a year, and they become part of your family. Some families and au pairs are such a great fit that they choose to extend together for a second year. This isn’t required, of course, as some au pairs have educational or career aspirations that they’d like to pursue back home. Other au pairs would like to continue in the au pair program, but wish to experience a new culture with a family in a different region. And some families want to introduce yet another culture to their children by seeking a new au pair each year.
So, what if you want to extend your time with your au pair? Or, with a new au pair?
The first step is to discuss it with him/her–is another year right for your au pair? If you and your au pair agree, let me know. The process of extending or renewing is pretty simple, and will include a short (re-)interview. If you’re planning to find a new au pair, start your search early so that you have plenty of time to interview potential au pairs and find the perfect fit for your family, again!