Host Families – The Low Down

Probably the most important step in the Au Pair in the USA application process is matching with the right host family. After all, you will be spending 12 months of your life with them and their children! It is so important that...

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Healthy(ish) Halloween Recipes

Spooky season is almost here. Au Pairs find out quickly that Halloween is a really, really big deal in the USA. It’s a fun day and a great way to generate ideas for activities to do with children. You can also avoid your kids...

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Staying Safe at Halloween

  If you didn’t already know, Halloween is Huge in the USA. HUGE. But with all that fun going on, it can be difficult to keep in control of children hyped up on free candy. We’ve put together a couple of tips to...

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Teal is the New Orange!

In the USA, there’s a new decoration outside houses for Halloween: bright teal-blue pumpkins. The Teal Pumpkin Project was started three years ago by the mother of a two year old with extreme food allergies in Tennessee and has...

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Orientation Week – New York City!

When You Wake Up In The City That Never Sleeps One of the brilliant things about our au pair in America programme is the three day orientation all participants get to join in with in New York City! You will arrive on a Monday and...

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What an Au Pair needs to pack…

Packing for a whole year is not easy. Remember you can ask your family or friends to send things to you once you’re with your host family. Pretty much as soon as you meet the children, your job will start, so just like Mary...

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Culture Shock for Au Pair’s at Christmas

I think if you are going to experience Culture Shock or homesickness, Christmas might be a good time to go for it and get it over and done with. It will certainly feel strange if you have never been away from home, family and...

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The Low-down on your Au Pair Interview

Understandably I get asked a lot of questions about the interview stage of the application process so I thought I would put it all down in a post to give you all the details! Why you have to come in for an interview As part of...

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The Traits of a Good Au Pair

I have interviewed some great au pairs recently – people who are really keen to use their childcare skills and go and live the American Dream for a year! It’s often clear from the moment somebody walks through the door that...

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