Au Pair International supports current and prospective host families. As the Area Director, I am your local resource and am available to work with your family at anytime to support you.
Current Host Families
My goal is to serve as your main point of contact throughout your Au Pair International hosting experience, answer your questions or concerns any time you have them, and be a local resource for your au pair and family.
The First Month
During the first month with your au pair, it is extremely beneficial to the partnership if you can assist your au pair in navigating the following:
- Getting their Social Security Card
- Setting up a bank account
- Getting their Washington State Driver’s License and adding them to your families’ car insurance
- Activating their mobile phone plan/minutes/sim card
Mark your Calendar for Host Family Day
Host Family Day is May 21, 2017 at Saint Edwards State Park (in Kenmore) from 12:00 – 2:00 pm. We will gather in the picnic play area and play lawn games, watch the kids explore the massive wooden play structure, and enjoy a picnic lunch together. Please bring a potluck item to share as well as beverages, paper plates and utensils for your family. There are also some wonderful hikes if you family would like to take a walk. A Discover Pass is required to park in Washington State Parks.
Stay tuned for a rainy day back-up plan if necessary.
Prospective Host Families
In addition to being a flexible and affordable childcare solution, hosting an au pair can be an incredible cultural experience for your whole family. There is excellent information for prospective host families about the au pair childcare option on the Au Pair International Host Family pages. Here is the basic information:
- Au Pairs offer live-in childcare and have the flexibility to care for your children at the times that accommodate your family’s schedule.
- Au pairs come to the US on a 12 month J-1 Visa with the opportunity to extend for 6, 9, or 12 months once they have successfully completed their first program year.
- Au Pairs are between 18 to 26 years old, are proficient in conversational English, have a minimum of 200 hours of documented child care experience, and have successfully passed a detailed background investigation.
- Au Pairs may provide childcare (for any number of children) and light housework (child related) for the host family for up to 45 hours per week and up to 10 hour per day.
- An Au Pair costs $7.20/hour ($324/week) including the weekly Au Pair stipend and program fee.
- Au Pairs are paid a weekly stipend of $195.75 (or higher depending on the family needs/Au Pair qualifications).
- Host families also pay up to $500 per candidate per year toward the cost of the au pair’s required academic course work.
- In summary, the costs in addition to the $7.20/hour ($324/week) are the annual education credit of $500 and the costs associated with room/board.
- I plan monthly gatherings for Au Pairs and an annual Host Family day for everyone to get together.
As your local resource, I would love to speak with you about your questions or concerns. Contact me anytime!