25 years the Au Pair program in America

In 1989, the Au Pair Program was officially enacted in the US. Go Au Pair team volunteered in Philadelphia Since then, the Au Pairs get a chance to learn about life in the U.S while helping families with childcare. Thousands Au Pairs  have gotten to participate in this wonderful cultural exchange opportunity. They got to explore the country, attend classes and immerse themselves in the English language. Learn more.  The program became very popular among Host Families.  About 14,000 foreigners coming to the US every year to work as Au Pairs. I like my aupair During the last 25 years, young people from around the world got the opportunity to work, study and travel in America. With the J1 visa,  Au Pairs get a chance to live with an American Host Family, speak English, be able to study in an American University and volunteere with friends. IMG_20131117_102357 (2)  Volunteering together with other Au Pairs and Americans who want to make a difference and help the community is a great cultural exchange experience.Au pair Go  Au pair in class

With 25 years of experience, Go Au Pair is one of the oldest and most experienced Au Pair programs. Beginning as a nanny company in 1987, Go Au Pair soon expanded to include Au Pairs and was one of the original Au Pair program sponsors designated by the Department of State in 1989.Co Au Pair

The Au Pair Program and Cultural Exchange

The Au Pair Program is a cultural exchange program that allows young adults from foreign countries to live and work in the United States for one year. Go Au Pair agency, one of the first Au Pair program in America among 15 agencies designated by the State Department, offers to Au Pairs  the opportunity to intimately experience work, life and culture in the U.S.Cultural exchange

The Au Pair program is centered around cultural exchange.  J1 visa participants have the opportunity to explore another culture and the possibility to study while living with an American host family.Peddler's villlage with Adriana's host

Cultural Exchange starts when the Au Pairs immerse in American life, become a member of host family and experience new things on a daily basis. But there are a lot of opportunities to  learn about American culture outside of the Host family.IMG_20131214_154102

There are also many chances to meet other Au Pairs from around the world who are having the same experiences, travel and share your unique culture with others.Go Au Pair team volunteered in Philadelphia

The Au Pairs should look for the many opportunities outside of their comfort zone, be  proactive, make a lot of new friends and try new things. The Au Pair program is full of opportunities to learn something new and have fun.

Learn what others Au Pairs from Go Au Pair cluster are doing.

10 things to know about the Au Pair program to start

Dear future host family and readers!

Welcome to learn about  the Au Pair Program and the Philadelphia and NJ area Go Au Pair’s cluster! Last year, many new families joined the cluster.

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The Au Pair from Philadelphia, Phila Sozombile was chosen as a nominee for Go Au Pair 2013 Au Pair in Excellence Award.aupair excellence

This year, Go Au Pair agency recognized 45 Au Pairs who went above and beyond their job as Au Pairs. Read a press release Au Pairs in Excellence Nomination- Au Pairs stand out. Six families from twenty cluster’s host families nominated their Au Pairs for IAPA’s Au Pair of the Year Award for their excellent work as an Au Pair!  Read Go Au Pair blog about Go Au Pair’s Au Pair in Excellence Winners.

You can find helpful information regarding the Au Pair program in America at j1visa.state.gov website about  J-1 Visa Exchange Visitors Program.Au Pairs

Here is also blog summary of the information links regarding the Au Pair program in America 10 things to know about the Au Pair program to start.

Program Rules

Host Families Requirements for an Au Pair Program

Au Pair Program Cost

Go Au Pair offers many discounts

Save money with Featured Country Au Pairs!

The interview questions

Host Families House Rules.

Different Au Pair programs

Most popular countries Au Pairs come from.

Male Au Pairs or mannies

The Introductory Workshop -Au Pairs First Aid/CPR Co Au Pair

Springtime is a Popular Time to Match!

Consider a Transition Au Pair

Transition Au Pairs are Au Pairs in the US and in a rematch period. Clearly, transition Au Pairs start their year with one host family but for some reason stop their match with their host family.  They usually stay only part of the year and then rematch with a new host family.Au Pair Bucks County

Transition Au Pairs can be great candidates to consider, depending on what the host families are looking for. Very often Host Families and Au Pairs go into a rematch because of their personality differences. Sometimes, rejects from other families, can be a perfect match for other families. The best example is that one of the nominees for the Au Pair of the Year Award this year was a transition Au Pair and her new family said that she is the best of the best.2014

Other common reasons transitions occur are due to driving, language abilities and lack of childcare skills that particular family needs. However, some  families do not need a driver or speak the same language and are more flexible with the language skills. I noticed that some Au Pairs may not have great skills caring for young children, but do much better with older kids and the opposite.  An Au Pair can be overwhelmed working with three or five kids, or kids with special needs – which might not be a case for another host family.

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Keep in mind that any Au Pair who jeopardizes her host children’s health or safety or violates the Au Pair programs rules is sent home, and her  J1 visa is canceled immediately. These Au Pairs cannot become Transition Au Pairs.

Also, often the Au Pairs show up in a rematch because their host family has violated the Au Pair program rules or due to their host families personal situations, like a job issue, moving outside the US, divorce or other changes inside of the family structure.aupair and kids

Therefore, consider interviewing an Au Pair in rematch- there are gems among transition Au Pairs.

Hire an Extending Au Pair.

Go Au Pair agency has many in country Au Pairs who are currently living with the Host Families and are looking to extend with a new family. There are two types of in country Au Pairs – Transition and Extension. Friendship has wings

First time Host Families often ask me which Au Pair will be better for their family: an Extension transfer Au Pair (in the country second year Au Pair) or a new one?

Extending Au Pairs are those who successfully completed a year with another host family. They are already residing within the US and have their J1 visa. They need to apply for an extension of the Form DS-2019, but it is simple. New Au Pairs depend on their J1 visa approval, so there are more chances that an extending Au Pair will be at the time the family needs her.Au Pair Bucks county

Extension transfer Au Pairs are typically available to start with a new family in a few months and are available for placements lasting 12, 9 or 6 months. You can read more about Extension Au Pairs.Aupair childcare

An extension Au Pair, or the second year Au Pair,  don’t need nearly as much time to adjust as a new Au Pair,  has a social security number, a bank account, and  has experience of living in the US. An extension Au Pair is usually more experienced, considered, adopted and conformed to the Au Pair program.au pairs love kids

 Another benefit of an extension Au Pair is that a host family can speak with her Local Area Representative. The host family can also speak with an Au Pair’s host family in the US. The family may have an additional reference and compare own needs and parenting styles. Also, if the family needs a driver, there are a lot of extending Au Pairs who have been driving in the US.Au pair bucks county

Sometimes the family can interview their prospective Au Pair in person or can be lucky to find an Au Pair who is  an Au Pair in excellence.

There are many factors to consider.  You can read the discussion “Would you recommend an Extension Au Pair or a new au pair” from AUPAIRMOM blog.

In country Au Pairs – Transition and Extension.

In country Au Pairs are currently residing within the United States and working as an Au Pair for an American Host Family. Go Au Pair agency has many Au Pairs who are currently in a rematch and are looking for a new family. 

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There are two types of in country Au Pairs:
Transition Au Pairs, who are ending their current placement early and are looking to rematch with a new family. They are typically available to start with a new family in two weeks or less.
Extension transfer Au Pairs has been working  in America almost a year, and wishing to continue with another family. They are available in a few months for another placement. Extension Au Pairs are about to successfully complete a year with another host family and will be a second year Au Pairs in America.
Extension Au Pairs wish to transfer to a new family and usually to another part of the US after completing their first placement.  

Transition Au Pairs are normally available sooner than extension Au Pairs. You can read more about the difference between Transition and Extension Au Pairs.

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There is a lot of information to learn about the Au Pair program, please read Understanding the Au Pair Industry and its Acronyms.

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