There are sections in the Host Family and Au Pair guides regarding driving but this blog post will provide a quick and easy reference that you may find very helpful.
You’ve matched with an au pair and everything is wonderful. He or she is so excited to be coming! Your entire family is ready to welcome them! The room is prepared, plans are made. The kids are asking if “today is the day”, every day. Time has never moved so slowly.
Dear Au Pairs, we get it. We really do. You are young adults, not children. We understand that some of you have already lived on your own, started (or even completed) college, have traveled extensively, had serious relationships and are technologically savvy. These are the things that make you great Au Pairs and a fantastic match for many families.
Even the most well-seasoned travelers get homesick. It’s usually born out of frustration that something just isn’t working the way it’s supposed to, leading to a longing for “normal”. Homesickness can be acute, only lasting a moment, or chronic, where it appears to take over someone’s entire emotional psyche.
The Rio Olympics are upon us and what a fabulous time to get to know your au pair’s home country a little bit better!
Every culture has parties and celebrations of some sort. American culture has many of these, most with a focus on a specific holiday, event or season. But we also have a little something called the “Block Party”. A neighborly get-together and food-fest that usually coincides with absolutely nothing at all, except everyone’s desire to share food and fun.
One of the questions new host families frequently asks is “Why does my au pair need a Social Security number?” The quick and easy answer (but not the only answer) is: Because the Department of State says so. There are obligations that go with being part of the J-1 Visa program and being invited to spend a year (or two) in the United States.