Once your Host Family Application is complete, you are ready to search for the best available match for your family. Many Host Families panic a bit at this point. How, they ask, can we narrow our search among the 300 available au pairs?
At Go Au Pair, you have many choices and options not offered by our competition. Providence area families are eligible for our best Locals Only Discount!
I welcome you to shop around, and will welcome you back with open arms when you arrive at the decision to Go Au Pair in Rhode Island! We will beat or match any other au pair agency offer you have in writing!
We want you to have access to as many viable candidates for your family as possible. Each of our available au pairs is really available, and has completed all the requirements.
We also encourage you to interview with multiple au pairs at one time, so that you can compare them, real-time, before making a decision to match or not. Ask our competition to allow that.
To help you narrow your search, we have dedicated Placement Coordinators with years of experience matching families and au pairs. They can advise you on a number of topics, including what kinds of questions to ask during the interview and narrowing down your family’s needs and requirements.
If you need a driver, this is a deal-breaker. If you need someone CPR and First Aid certified, Go Au Pair can provide your au pair that training and certification at our New York City Workshop. This should not be a deal-breaker.
If you need a swimmer, this is a deal-breaker. If you need a Spanish-speaking person, we have dozens of countries with au pairs ready to interview right away! If we cannot provide candidates from a specific country, such as Japan or Turkey, it may simply be that those countries do not have many young people interested in coming to America doing au pair childcare.
One category which many Host Families feel is important is, in my humble opinion, given too much weight. That is age. Summer Blackhurst agrees, in her blog about Younger vs Older Au Pairs. I agree that Host Families may think they have very good reasons for choosing a younger or older au pair candidate to interview, but in the long run, just as in life, age is just a number. Each individual is different, and truly, each culture is different. Let your deal-breakers narrow the field, not some imaginary spot on the age/maturity line. You might even consider giving the kids a say in the final decision, since they will literally have to live with your choice!
Good luck in your search for your next au pair. If I can be of assistance, feel free to contact me at 401.309.1925 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I am Joan Lowell, your Local Area Representative in the RI area. Visit us online and inquire about our Locals Only Discount!