Our new Au Pair Jenny from Germany

It’s time for the first interview of my blog Au Pair mission: Philadelphia, PA.
Around two weeks ago one of our new Au Pairs arrived in Philadelphia: Jenny from Germany. Her buddy is Carmen from South Africa. She will help Jenny with her first steps in the US. As every new Au Pair Jenny answered some questions in an interview for us.

Hi, I’m Jenny, 24 years old and come from the black forest in southern Germany.

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I want to be an Au Pair to explore another culture and to develop my personality.
In my free time I love to play soccer and hang out with my friends.

The best event during the last month was the women soccer game Germany vs. Slovakia, which I watched with a friend of mine in Mannheim. After the game two national players came to us and we talked and took pictures.

Adjectives, which describe me the best are happy and kind.

If I had one free wish it would be a life without war and illness.

Besides the US I would like to visit New Zealand, Canada and Sweden.

Two good things I can do quite good are being a good friend/listener and drawing.

I expect to learn new things about other cultures  as an Au Pair here in the States and I see it as a “life experiment”. On top of that I hope to have a great relationship with my hos family and to meet new friends.

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Thanks Jenny for answering all the questions! I think it’s gonna be a great year for you. It’s your first time in the US, so enjoy the life here, I really enjoyed my time so far.

I’m looking forward to meeting you soon – in person!

Au Pairs in the US – transition Au Pairs

New Host Families have many questions about transition Au Pairs,  why the transition Au Pairs are in rematch,  what is “wrong” with their host families is and what are the pros and cons of the situation. I wrote several posts regarding the reasons to why a family might consider Transition Au Pairs.MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

In short, transition Au Pairs are JI visa  participants who are in the US already and in a rematch for some reasons.  They will  usually stay only part of the year and are currently looking for a new host family.aupair and kids

Generally, Go Au Pair has transition Au Pairs ready for a rematch. All transition Au Pairs are available for placements that are less than 12 months long. Transition Au Pairs can be great candidates to consider.

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Depending on what the host families are looking for, there are many benefits that come with transition Au Pairs. Transition Au Pairs are  normally available sooner in case you need someone right away. Transition Au Pairs don’t need nearly as much time to adjust as new Au Pairs, they have a social security number, a bank account, and  have some experience of living in the US.

The Au Pair program cost is usually slightly lower, and the discounts are often available. There is an opportunity to speak with a Local Area Representative and previous host families in the US . Sometimes, if the family is local they can even meet an Au Pair in person

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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.
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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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