Go Au Pair uses a mutual matching process to help host families and au pairs find the best fit. To get the most out of the tool, it’s important that you spend time narrowing your options and especially interviewing au pairs.
Many au pairs are infant qualified, have driver’s licenses, or speak multiple languages. On paper, it can be difficult to know whether one au pair will be better for your family than another. The answer? Interview. Not once, but two or three times.
If you are able, use Skype or another video conferencing tool, so that you can see your potential au pair. So much of his or her personality will be lost without the visual element–facial expressions and body language will allow you to experience your au pair’s sense of humor and warmth.
When it comes time to choose your au pair, you may find, as many host families do, that something just “clicks,” with a certain candidate and many of the must-haves on your wishlist feel a bit less necessary. Learn more about trusting your gut: read When Matching Trust your Instincts.
With Go Au Pair, a variety of services are bundled into one flat program fee, and families also pay the agency for travel fees (international and domestic air fare).
In addition to agency fees, families also pay their au pair a weekly stipend and contribute to their education. All of these fees add up to an average cost of less than $350 per week per family, but these fees aren’t actually paid weekly–some fees are paid in larger installments before, during, and after your au pair’s arrival (flexible payment options are available to help spread out payments more).
An au pair is an excellent option, especially for families on a budget, but it can be a bit confusing to determine where au pair care fits into that budget. Thankfully, Go Au Pair has put together a great video that goes over the costs involved. Click the screenshot below to learn more about program pricing and watch the video!
Did you know that Go Au Pair features a country each month? If you are searching for an au pair, these country profiles offer great information, including demographic data and insights from families who have chosen au pairs from that country.
Plus, if you match with an au pair from the country in the month it is featured, you save $100 off your program fees.
This month, the featured country is Colombia, a Spanish-speaking nation, and the home to 2012’s Au Pair in Excellence Award winner.
Go Au Pair debuted an exciting new initiative for au pairs this month: Au Pair Sis.
Do you have a question about the Au Pair program? Do you need tips to improve your experience with your Host Family? You can now Ask the Au Pair Sis!
Au Pair Sis is an interactive online community for Au Pairs. She’ll help you adjust to a new culture, share new ideas for activities to do with your charges, and help you take advantage of your cultural exchange experience. Watch the video below to meet Janine, the Au Pair Sis:
Go Au Pair Local Area Representatives and Host Families are very excited about this new program. As an LAR, I provide local support, but this digital community will connect you with au pairs and LARs from around the country, expanding your support network even further!
If you haven’t already, Like Au Pair Sis on Facebook to get involved. You don’t have to be active yet–au pairs who are in the process of being matched, waiting for a visa, or packing for their flight to the U.S. are all welcome to participate, too!
On May 13th, Sharon Lizcano Tellez, one of our Au Pairs from Colombia, performed a truly heroic act and saved the life of one of the 8-month-old twins she has been caring for from a distracted driver. Read more about it in Go Au Pair’s Newsroom.