Do Au Pairs have to attend a training session before they come to Host Family‘s house? It is up to the family.
While we do offer a live training session in New York each month, it is not required since we give all Au Pairs the training in their home country before they arrive. This is another difference between Go Au Pair and other Au Pair agencies.
All Au Pairs are required to have 32 hours of DVD training that covers safety, first aid, CPR, childhood development and American culture. New York training is not required as it serves as a refresher course for the training we have already given them.
The training in New York goes over safety, development, American culture and we have the Au Pairs First Aid/CPR certified by the American Heart Association. Au Pairs will also get to take a city tour the first day of their training.
The Introductory Workshop is conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday and half day Thursday. Au Pairs will arrive to New York on Monday and travel to their Host Family on Thursday afternoon/evening.
The agenda for the Go Au Pair Introductory Workshop is:
- Monday – Individual arrivals, no instruction or activities.
- Tuesday – City Tour Au Pairs take a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of New York City.
- Wednesday – Instruction topics include: CPR Certification from the American Heart Association, First Aid Certification from the American Heart Association, Culture Shock, American Culture, International Phone Calls, Cell Phones and Internet Use, Driving Tips and Requirements
- Thursday – Instruction and Departures. Topics include: Program Roles and Expectations, Living with a Host Family, Education, Insurance, Bank Accounts, Social Security Cards.
These workshops are not the Department of State required training Au Pairs receive, the Introductory Workshop provides information to help Au Pairs transition to life in the U.S. and is optional.