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 Cooking With Your Au Pair

Cooking With Your Au Pair

If you’re new to having an au pair in your home, there’s a bit of adjusting that comes with this transition. Your au pair will be figuring out where they fit into your family, and you’ll likely be making a few changes as well as you try to welcome them into your home and life. During this process, both of you will be asking questions and experimenting with new routines. Will the au pair take the kids o...

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 Things to Do With Your Toddler in Los Angeles

Things to Do With Your Toddler in Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles, California is a sprawling metro area that boasts activities for everyone. The second-largest city in the U.S., LA has everything — beaches, parks, museums, amusement parks and plenty of activities for kids of all ages. If you have an energetic and curious little one, Los Angeles has all kinds of toddler-friendly activities that will be perfect. Whether you live in the city or ...

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 Au Pair Gift Ideas

Au Pair Gift Ideas

Hosting an au pair is a rewarding, exciting and enriching experience. She provides in-home child care and peace of mind for your family, you provide a warm home and hearty meals, and both she and your family benefit from building a personal, intercultural bond that will change your lives. When you welcome your au pair into your host family, you want to be sure to set the stage for the best experience po...

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 Establishing Ground Rules With Your Au Pair

Establishing Ground Rules With Your Au Pair

Are you considering or preparing for an exciting new addition to your family — an au pair? When you're looking for affordable, reliable child care that fits in with your daily schedule and your work life, welcoming an au pair into your home offers so many benefits for you and your family — from built-in care for your children to developmental cultural exposure and the opportunity to form new friendship...

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 Au Pair Host Family Story

Au Pair Host Family Story: The Brown Family

by Mary Brown, EurAupair Host Mother Neila Maria Santana Costa joined our family as our Au Pair in April of 2018. My husband Dave passed away on March 1, 2018 leaving me and two young boys (Scott, 9 and Sean, 7) to figure life out without his love and constant care. I was left with a 70 year old family orchard and farm market business to run and the need to manage the boys’ hectic schedules and fear...

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 EurAupair: Culturally Enriching, Convenient, and Affordable for 30 Years

EurAupair: Culturally Enriching, Convenient, and Affordable for 30 Years

In 1988, EurAupair opened its doors as a not-for-profit, public benefit organization, aiming to improve understanding among people of different countries through cultural exchange. This year, we proudly celebrate our 30th anniversary as we continue as one of the oldest, largest, and most trusted au pair programs in the United States. In thirty years, we have seen it all, from lifel...

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 Au Pair and Pet Care | Can an Au Pair Care for Pets?

Au Pair and Pet Care | Can an Au Pair Care for Pets?

If you’re thinking about welcoming an au pair into your home to care for your children, you might be wondering, “Can an au pair care for pets, too?” The simple answer to this question is no — you cannot require an au pair to tend to your pets. When an Au Pair May Care for Your Pets While providing pet care can’t be a formal job requirement for an au pair, there are instances when an au pair may assist....

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Tips For Transitioning From One Au Pair To Another

Your au pair’s year is coming to end and you have chosen a new person to continue taking care of your children. The children have most likely created a bond with the current au pair and you might be wondering how the transitioning will go when the new au pair arrives. Will the children like her? How are the children’s lives impacted by this change? How long will the transitioning phase last until life fe...

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How to Prepare For and Conduct an Au Pair Telephone Interview?

How to Prepare For and Conduct an Au Pair Telephone Interview? Selecting an au pair offers the chance to find the perfect child care provider for your home. You will need to interview the au pairs you think might be a good match for your family over the phone, which lets you learn more about them, explore their child care background and discuss what you both are looking for out of this experience. You...

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Can My Au Pair Drive?

Can My Au Pair Drive? One of the most frequent questions people ask us is can our au pairs drive a car? The answer is yes. EurAupair only accepts applicants who have a driver’s license. We know many families will rely on their au pairs to drive children to and from school, to sporting events or on fun outings. Knowing they have successfully passed a written and behind the wheel test and have experien...

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How to Prepare for an Au Pair?

When Your Au Pair Arrives If you’re preparing to welcome an au pair into your home, you may be wondering what you should do to be ready for the moment she arrives. If you’re curious about how to prepare, you can rest assured that getting ready for your au pair is a fun process you and your children can experience together.   How to Prepare for Your Au Pair: Ask Questions Preparing for the arrival o...

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Things to Do With Your Toddler In Boston

History fills the streets of Boston, but that’s not all the city holds. Boston offers many exciting spots perfect for your young child. Even if your tot isn’t ready for the major historical sites, you’ll find plenty of things to do with your toddler in Boston, MA. Here are our top picks for toddler-friendly activities in Boston. New England AquariumWhen deciding what to do with toddlers in Bosto...

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Never say goodbye… | An Au Pair Reunion Story

Never say goodbye… | An Au Pair Reunion Story Say à bientôt or auf wiedersehen because you never know when you’ll see one of your au pairs again. It happened to me in July. I got a call from my host family asking if I could come to dinner. Kim, our au pair from Germany, was back in the States! I had conflicting plans that evening, but I called one of my friends and my current au pair, Charlie, and a...

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Things to Do With Your Toddler In Chicago

Chicago is known for its excellent live theatre, amazing cuisine and cultural activities, but it’s also a wonderland for families with young kids. The city offers up a wide range of activities perfect for the active, curious toddler set. Not sure what to do with a toddler in Chicago? Keep reading for an assortment of ideas for toddler activities in Chicago.   Shedd Aquarium Tons of tanks full...

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The Ultimate Au Pair Guide

Finding a long-term solution for child care can be tricky for busy families. Depending on your area and the ages of your children, there may be many different options available to you. The key is finding a solution that fits the current and changing needs of your family and your lifestyle. In-home child care options seem limited to nannies and au pairs. Hiring a nanny or hosting an au pair might be two ...

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Why Host An Au Pair | Question to Consider When Choosing to Host

Why Host An Au Pair | Question to Consider When Choosing to Host Is my family's need just temporary or do I need regular full or part-time child care? Do I want my children to be taken care of at my own house and doing extra activities or stay at a day care facility? Do I perceive the support from EurAupair as valuable or am I too busy to have someone check-in on me regularly? ...

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How To Get The Best Of The Cultural Exchange With The Host Children

Tips to get the host children more interested and involved in their Au Pair's culture and language One of EurAupair's missions is to improve understanding among people of different countries through cultural exchange. However, sometimes the children might not initiate their interest in learning about where their Au Pair is from. Here are a few tips you can do to incorporate some of the ...

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How to Help Your Au Pair Adjust to a New Culture

Living abroad for a long period of time is something exciting, thrilling and exhilarating but can also be complicated and stressful at times. Everything can be so different from what your au pair is used to: language, landscape, food, weather, driving, customs and much more. Although you may want your au pair to dive right in your family’s routine and lifestyle, it may be useful for you to understa...

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Au Pairs: A Solution for Military Families

Joining the military isn't just a job. It's a lifestyle, and when you make your career in the military, you need to be prepared for all the requirements, enriching experiences, changes and challenges it poses — including the way it shapes your family life. If you claim the title of both military member and parent, you know how important it is to provide and care for your child while also meeting your se...

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Au Pair Host Family Story: Amy & Luke

by Amy (and Luke and Mavis), EurAupair Host Family A little four year old girl knew immediately. As our jobs became more chaotic, always having someone to watch our daughter Mavis was getting to be a challenge. We had worn grandma and the neighbors thin, and we needed something more stable and reliable. I knew we needed someone that would be a constant, and love Mavis as we did. Luke, my husband, w...

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 Safety Tips Before Hosting an Au Pair | EurAupair

Safety Tips to Consider Before Hosting an Au Pair

While all au pairs at EurAupair have some experience caring for children, it's always a good idea to go over the following safety tips when hosting an au pair. Childproofing Keeping kids safe from themselves is a full-time job in and of itself. Help your au pair keep your kids safe by explaining the basics of childproofing a home and ensuring everyone in the household works to keep it so. Common ...

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 Find an Au Pair by EurAupair

5 Steps to Finding the Perfect Au Pair

5 Steps to Finding the Perfect Au Pair Is there such thing as a perfect au pair? The true answer to that question is more that there is an au pair who is the “perfect fit” to your family rather than the perfect au pair. Finding an au pair who is a perfect fit for your family depends on your own personal child care needs, lifestyle, and expectations. All of which you should think of and be aware of...

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 Host an Au Pair | Cope with Homesickness

How to Help Your Homesick Au Pair

If you're hosting an au pair, you know it's a unique, beneficial experience for both your family and your au pair. While you gain access to flexible child care and life-changing intercultural exposure for your kids, the young woman you're hosting gets to explore a new country, make connections with a new family and participate in growth-oriented cultural exchange programs. Having an au pair in your famil...

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 Host An Au Pair - Community Counselor Assistance

What Can And Can't Your Community Counselor Do?

EurAupair is here to assist you if you are looking to host an au pair; from the moment you apply, until your au pair boards her return flight at the end of her program year! EurAupair is proud of its excellent, well-trained, and extremely knowledgeable team of Community Counselors and Area Coordinators who provide invaluable advice to host families and au pairs in our program. While they won’t hesit...

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 After School Activities for Host Families and Au Pairs

6 Fun After School Activities for Host Families and Au Pairs

All across the country children are returning to school. As the air turns crisp and leaves change colors, host families and their au pairs are often at a loss for interesting and fun things to keep the children engaged after school. Here are six fun ideas for after school activities. 1. Head Outside After being kept inside for most of the school day, children need time to get outdoors and get their...

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Au Pair Summer Schedule

Summer is in full swing all across the USA, and with children out of school it is important to design a new schedule for your au pair to ensure her work hours do not go over the daily & weekly limit allowed by the program. Here are a few scheduling tips for families hosting an au pair in USA this summer. How to Avoid Over Scheduling Summer time often means that children spend a lot more ti...

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 How to Travel With Your Au Pair

How to Travel With Your Au Pair

Is your family participating in an au pair program? Hosting an au pair is an exciting, beneficial experience for both your family and your au pair. In addition to gaining in-home child care, you and your children will gain the rich benefit of cultural exposure — and your au pair will get to experience a brand new country. During your time together, she'll become an important part of your family — eating...

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 6-Steps to Welcome your Au Pair

6-Steps to Welcome your Au Pair

6 Easy Steps to Welcome your Au Pair into your Home!   Becoming a Host Family is an exciting time as you welcome a new member in your family. From preparing her room, to getting the children involved, and preparing phone numbers & addresses for your au pair, find out what steps you can take to make her transition into your home as easy & pleasant as possible. You can also read more abou...

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 Au Pair Schedule 101

Au Pair Schedule 101

Hosting an au pair through EurAupair is a great alternative to other child care options since it allows the host family to enhance the cultural understanding of their children, welcome a new member into their family, and receive flexible child care. Here are a few tips to help you create your au pair's schedule and communicate it clearly with her. The Basics of an Au Pair's Work Week ...

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 FAQ on Au Pairs Driving in the U.S.

FAQ on Au Pairs Driving in the U.S.

Many of EurAupair's host families will need their au pair to drive while in the U.S.; whether it's taking the children to appointments, to or from school, or to after-school activities. Driving in America is obviously different from many other parts of the world. Although all au pairs have a driver's license from their home countries, each will have different driving experiences and comfort lever. ...

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 Host Family Guide to a Successful Year

Host Family Guide to a Successful Year

More than just an affordable and convenient child care option, hosting an au pair is the best way to enhance the cultural understanding of your children in the comfort of your home. Au pairs will look forward to learning the American way of life and immerge into your routine, however, this is not an easy process. We gathered in this host family guide a few tips to keep in mind when se...

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Single Parents Can Reduce Stress with Au Pairs in America

As a single parent, there are a thousand demands on your time every day. Between your job, picking up the kids from school, chauffeuring them to after-school activities, and caring for your home, you've barely got time to breathe. The situation becomes even more stressful when an emergency arises and throws your schedule into chaos. An extra pair of hands around the house would ease some of the pre...

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 Enrich The Lives of Your Family Through Cultural Exchange with an Au Pair Agency

Enrich The Lives of Your Family Through Cultural Exchange with an Au Pair Agency

Most of the discussion about au pairs centers on the services that they provide to working parents, especially child care relief and domestic support. What sometimes gets lost in the discussion are the benefits that au pairs can provide to your children. By integrating your EurAupair au pair as a true member of your family, you will understand the real meaning of a cultural exchange and see its many...

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 Au Pair Host Family Story

Au Pair Host Family Story: Christine & John

by Christine (and John, Alex, Zara & Emma), EurAupair Host Family My husband and I are both physicians, and we have three very active children. I am always very upfront with the au pairs during the interviewing process, warning them we run a busy life, and life with three kids, while a lot of fun, can be chaotic at times! Elise arrived in our family from France in August of 2014. Elise comes f...

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 U.S. Holidays with Au pairs

Can au pairs provide child care over the holidays

The winter holiday seasons are an exciting time of the year to spend time with the family, however, for an au pair, the holidays can be a source of stress. The following information provides insight and tips to concerns commonly experienced with au pair programs during holiday season. Working on the Holiday Season Au pair programs do allow an au pair to work on holidays; however, it's vital to in...

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 Hosting an Au Pair: True or False

Hosting an Au Pair: True or False

Hosting an au pair is an excellent opportunity to bring the world to children and provide them with a healthy cultural exchange. An au pair is a young international student or person who becomes part of your family, and takes care of your children and household during the process. The au pair becomes an integral, trusted, and beloved part of the family. While this program offers countless benefits, there...

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 What do you do to entertain a 20-year-old when you’ve forgotten what it’s like to be 20?

What do you do to entertain a 20-year-old when you’ve forgotten what it’s like to be 20?

I ask this question since I find myself at the age of 72 in an interesting situation. A good 15 years ago, an old high school friend asked if I’d be interested in becoming a community counselor for an international au pair placement service. Community counselor? What’s that? Well, my friend said, it’s kind of a “go-between.” You help qualify the host family who applies for an au pair through EurAup...

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 Welcoming Your Au Pair

Welcoming Your Au Pair

You’ve gone back and forth thinking… is this really the right decision? Do we want to commit to bringing a young au pair from another country into our home? How many candidates should we talk to? Which one should we choose? You’ve finally made the jump and now it’s almost time for your au pair to arrive to your home! More questions arise… How to prepare for her arrival? Do we get her a gift? What will s...

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7 Au Pair Facts

Learn 7 Quick Facts about EurAupair Au Pairs!   Where are they from? How old are they? How are they screened? Do they speak English? Can they drive? How much experience do they have? Learn the au pair's basics right here!

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 Au Pair Host Family Story: Kelly & Micha

Au Pair Host Family Story: Kelly & Micha

By Kelly (and Micha, Erik, Max & Milly), EurAupair Host Family Let me tell you about our phenomenal au pair, Jacky. She joined us in August 2013, and from the very beginning has been an integral part of our family. When I decided to return to teaching and attend graduate school full-time, it made sense for us to welcome an au pair into our home to help care for our three young children. We kne...

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 Host Family in America

Why Choose EurAupair

Want to host an au pair? Here are a few reasons why you should choose EurAupair!   Lower Program Fees! Our program fees are among the lowest of all au pair programs available, and so is the initial deposit. Some organizations have a program fee & also charge an additional matching fee. With EurAupair there are no hidden fees! Highest Repeat Family Discount! Our repeat families ...

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 The Second Au Pair Syndrome

The Second Au Pair Syndrome

Here follows a not-so-uncommon scenario… As a host family you are about to repeat for the first time. You have had a very successful year (or two) with your first au pair, who became a real part of the family. The second au pair arrives and things start to go off-kilter from the get-go. Within a month, you think this is not going to work and want a different au pair for your family. Are you a...

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 Au Pair Host Family Story: Kati & George

Au Pair Host Family Story: Kati & George

by Kati (and George, Lisa, Leia & Ava), EurAupair Host Family Oh my God. What have we done?? We haven't even met this girl yet, and she is already writing to us telling us she loves us?? What if we can't stand her? What if our girls hate her? What if? What if? But what if we love her too and she changes our life? George and I had been going back and forth on whether or not to hire an au p...

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 EurAupair Host Families Reviews

EurAupair Host Families Reviews

“We have happily used EurAupair for over four years now. All three of our au pairs have been outstanding and dependable, and each one has felt like a member of our family. It has been a positive experience for us. There are always many different candidates to choose from, from many different countries. There is always someone at EurAupair, whether at the home office or with your local Commu...

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