What are you doing to support your au pair during the holiday season?

This post is to my Host Families: please be thoughtful and sensitive to your au pair during the holiday season, as they may especially feel homesick even while you include them in your own family traditions. Keep in mind that these are young adults who may have never spent so much time away from their family and friends and their entire language and culture for such a long period of time as this. It is the holidays after all. Perhaps let your au pair make some special traditional food or share some cultural tradition and teach your family something new as well. Suggest that your au pair contact their family and friends to say hello and check in before the new year. It will go a long way for your au pair to know that you are thinking of her or him at this very hectic time of year!

All Au Pairs pass a 17-point screening process, background check, personality profile, speak English (rated 1-5), receive 32 hrs child care training in child development & safety, provide live-in care & perform child-related tasks like meal prep for kids, children’s laundry, cleaning children’s playroom & bedrooms. Full time Au Pairs work up to 45 hours per week for about $340, or up to 30 hrs for $288. Each Au Pair also completes an educational component.

My name is Joan Lowell, the Go Au Pair LAR (Local Area Rep) for Providence, RI. We are accepting families anywhere in the RI, CT, MA region. Please contact me at jlowell@goaupair.com or 401-309-1925 for more information.

Go Au Pair currently has over 300 Au Pairs available out-of-country as well as some in-country; you can review their profiles at http://www.goaupair.com.

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