One of the most common and recommended ways to travel and have a job at the same time is by becoming an Au Pair. Being an Au Pair is a job that is specifically for young women (and also young men but in a smaller proportion) that have decided to live in another country, whether it is to learn a second language, to travel and see new countries and cultures, or to just leave their home country for good and start their lives in a completely new place. Being an Au Pair also means being a Nanny, but not just any Nanny. An Au Pair Nanny is another family member that will be considered as important as any other person living in the house that has chosen her to be their Au Pair. One of the advantages of Au Pairs is that since they are a family member, they will also have a space designated for them. Their own private room and personal area to rest and have their things, not as a guest, but as someone that lives under the same roof and same conditions as the rest of the people in the house. Au Pairs will not be treated as employees, and respect and kindness will always be a must for both parts. As for the family’s perspective, Au Pair agencies have very strict selection processes that help them choose the right person to welcome into their homes. Since it is not easy for families or parents to trust a complete stranger to live in their house and take care of their kids, especially when they are not around, specialized Au Pair agencies have the skills to select a Nanny from any part of the world that is willing to move to their country, in order to work with them by taking care of their kids and being part of their families. Many things will be evaluated in these processes, not only if they are good with kids or not. The Au Pair’s entire background will be analyzed, by interviews, surveys, questionnaires and many other ways that will help the perfect family meet the perfect Au Pair.
Many countries in the world have started using this type of service. It is actually very convenient for both parts. For the Au Pairs it is actually very good because they don’t only get the chance to learn or improve a second language with the family they will be living with, but they will also have a good place to live and a guaranteed job where they will be treated very well and where they can receive a very good payment with a working permission or visa. For the families it is also great, because they will have a full time Nanny to take care of their kids, a person they can fully trust and that is not only good with the children but that can also be a great companion. Schedules will not be a problem, and they will never be late because the nanny lives there, and the best part is that they can always count on them. It is a win-win business and relationship. Normally families and Au Pairs will become much attached. Strong bonds will be generated and they can become relationships that will probably last forever.
Being an Au Pair can actually become a very beautiful experience for everyone that is involved in it.
Since the Au Pair environment is so regulated there are also a number of recognized agencies that specialize in finding families and nannies and bring them together around the world. Here is the list of the top 3 Au Pair Agencies around the world that might be interesting to explore.
Go Au Pair
With over 27 years of experience, representation offices in over 50 countries in the world, 65 cities in America, and main offices in Salt Lake City, Utah, Go Au Pair, offers families and nannies a cultural exchange program with benefit for both of them.
Cultural Care Au Pair
Cultural Care Au Pair is a US agency which offers families a unique childcare alternative and at the same time it offers au pairs the chance to work and get life experience in different cities in the US. Cultural Care Au Pair is one of the biggest Au Pair agencies in the world and is part of EF (English First).
Au Pair World
Au Pair World is one of the Au Pair leading agencies in the world. Their headquarters are located in Kassel, Germany and have representations in many countries in the world while 12 of them are their host countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zeeland, Norway and Spain.