I have a very mild special needs child and an intense set of 3 kids. She saved me hours of time, was great to work with and extremely professional in her approach with both ourselves and the candidates. We were not happy with their one file at a time approach. All her meals were made in the microwave or toaster oven, and they rarely were something we would have wanted to eat. Based on difficulties we had with our last au pair search and information I got from a Cultural Care operations manager, I would recommend against choosing an au pair from either Columbia or Russia right now because of the possibility that their visa may be rejected. I did some research recently and discovered many Referral Agencies that help you go through process. If more guys apply, it might become more popular.
The worst case scenario, I think, is a lonely sad au pair. We know what you need to do to work within the guidelines laid out by the Department of State, which has designated EurAupair as a visitor exchange program sponsor. We screened them all very carefully, calling the references in their home countries, taking to them extensively on the phone, etc. By going through agency, you get to meet in person with representative who guides you and helps you. And, I like their main office staff. I had called several agencies and she called back right away, and from then on she was terrific.
Not all agencies offer that type of program - just google edu-care. Below are some reasons to work with us. Any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated. No monthly meeting, no activities like other agencies. Our child has bonded really well with all three live-in caregivers.
If you want to rip me off, please be more subtle about it. Find out if you fit. At the time we made the decision to do get an Au Pair, I researched around the internet a bit and decided that there seemed to be very little difference between the agencies in terms of the basic program: they are all bound by the same governmental rules. We would also welcome any general stories about your experiences, either good or bad. The agency's require that any au pair working with children under 2 has at least 200 hours of experience with children under two years of age. The customer service manager I tried to talk to about the unreasonable plane ticket charge was rude and condescending.
Local representative was not good. The au pair who worked with our children starting at 2 months had never worked with infants as young as ours, but she was clearly somebody that loved children and had good instincts. In the past we haven't had much luck with babysitters being reliable. Very reachable, reasonable, and I feel willing to accomodate me. On the other hand, my sister has always given her au pairs the recipies she wants them to cook, and had it work out well. The important is that you will get well with Area Director from agency who you will be talking most. Are you comfortable with a young person driving your children? If you have space in your home and heart , I think an au pair can be a wonderful thing.
Jackie responded the day I called Dream Nannies, had the first interview lined up within 48 hours and within a week we had found the ideal candidate. Meet Our Team Our staff sets us apart as we want to be the best Au Pair agency in the United States: Our experienced team is comprised of dedicated professionals committed to the mission of cultural exchange as well as quality childcare. Our experienced staff goes above and beyond for our host families and Au Pairs because we understand cultural exchange as well as the need for quality childcare. Jackie responded the day I called Dream Nannies, had the first interview lined up within 48 hours and within a week we had found the ideal candidate. Latin American, who doesn't party and has an advanced degree Sept 2009 I just saw a bit on tv about how affordable au pairs are when you have multiple children. They are also available during your year if you have any questions you need answered. They had full use of the house, and shared all our meals.
My sister-in-law also had live-in, foreign au pairs for many years when her four children were young. I could never have planned that. Au pair agencies do not all cost the same, however. Difference between and other websites with similar content is that I am not paid to promote any agency. Actually, I was one of them. While there are many people on it that may not be ideal candidates- you get a huge range of who is available.
Both were found through private contacts and were related to friends who vouched for them. We do not set curfews as these are adults. She is interested in Eco-traveling, alternative projects, vegetarian foods and Natural medicines. I have also found the english levels of the girls we have had, and their au pair friends is not as fluent as Au Pair Care would lead you to believe. Ground rules - our area director recommended to have house rules which are stricter than ''normal'' - you can always ease up. Maybe it's still a reasonable price yet do-able if you have a small house.
Samantha We had an Au-Pair or better several ones a couple years ago and it was the worst experience ever. We also have him babysit one or two weekends a month. We have been with the same agency since August 2005. Au Pair in America provides the best intercultural child care for your family featuring: Outstanding Service With exceptional child care, you should expect exceptional service. Several of my friends took care of very small babies and they were wonderful with them.