By the way, 96% of our available Au Pairs say they are willing to place with a Host Family with pets. This should definitely be discussed during the interview process. The telephone interview is an important part of your Au Pair selection process and is required before a match can be finalized. If your family has pets, it is important to give the Au Pairs you are interested in specific information about your pets so that they can let you know if they would be comfortable matching with your family. Some ideas to think about discussing are as follows:
If you have dogs, tell the Au Pair the size and the breed of your dogs. Some Au Pairs may be comfortable with small dogs, but not with large dogs or specific breeds.
If you have cats, the Au Pair may want to know if they will be indoors or outdoors, or if the cats are not allowed in certain areas of your home. Be sure to specify if your cat is NOT allowed outdoors and tell your Au Pair what method you use to keep the animal inside.
Some Au Pairs may not be comfortable placing with Host Families that have exotic pets which may be considered creepy or scary, such as spiders, reptiles or birds.
Remember, if is your responsibility to interview and ultimately select the Au Pair that will be the best fit for your family, as not all Au Pairs are willing to be placed with all pets. Also keep in mind your Au Pair is not responsible for the care of any of your animals, so be sure to make alternate arrangements for their care if you are not able. (source: Go Au Pair Newsletter)
For more information about Go Au Pair and a cultural child care experience for your family, visit www.goaupair.com or contact LAR Joan Lowell in the Providence, RI and surrounding areas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401.309.1925.
We have over 300 available Au Pairs from over 30 countries. We also have in-country Au Pairs who are looking to match with new Host Families. Consider a cultural child care experience for your family.