When I have new Host Families expecting the arrival of their au pair, I say, “Imagine coming to live with a new family whose children you will care for and whose house you will live in for a year or more. What a welcoming gesture to give your au pair this great trip to NYC, the city of dreams? Your au pair will not only get a tour of the city, but more importantly, he or she will get to meet other au pairs just starting out with their experiences too. They can keep in touch with these new friends no matter what city they will reside. The au pairs meet some of our great staff from Go Au Pair and receive invaluable in-person training and review, including CPR and First Aid training.
The workshop is intended to address a number of topics, as well as compliment the required 32-hour video training your au pair completed in his or her home country. In fact, here is a sampling of the topics covered in this optional 3-day workshop from Go Au Pair:
- Review of driving in the U.S. such as signs, rules, policies
- Movies, TV and music ratings
- Culture shock and homesickness
- American holidays
- American food
- Cell Phone billing and international calls
- Personal space in America
- Punctuality as a sign of respect
- Review of educational requirements and insurance coverage
- CPR and First Aid Classes
Summer Blackhurst, new mom, again, and blogger, tells about the incredible amounts of experience gained by some of our infant qualified au pairs. She also suggests Host Families send their au pair to the NYC training. It makes for a great start to your au pair’s experience, and a happy au pair makes a happy family.
Regarding experience, I have seen some au pair profiles with literally thousands of hours of experience with babies under age two! Many available au pairs who are infant qualified have more than the minimum 200 hours required. I highly recommend matching with an au pair whose experience matches, at least to some degree, the ages of your children. The U.S. Dept. of State regulates the Au Pair Program for cultural exchange visitors; Go Au Pair sponsors the Visa & handles all paperwork & logistics for you. I would love to help your family have a cultural childcare experience this year!
My name is Joan Lowell, LAR (Local Area Rep) for the Providence area; please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-309-1925 with any questions.
Informational sessions can also be scheduled on site for corporations, groups and community organizations.