The Spirit of the Program- Balancing Expectations Honestly

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Here is the basic contract story between a family and an Au Pair: The Au Pair takes a break in his/her schooling or career and leaves her family and friends. She should expect to work 45 hours a week as the sole person responsible for the family’s children. The actual […]

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Who’s Who and How do they Help me?

Monday, 26 June 2017

When there is a problem, it can be calming to know who to turn to for help. It can be frustrating to contact your LCC and have her explain that she does not have the power to sort out financial issues, or determine housing problems, for example. Here is a […]

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Extending and Renewing- the numbers for 2018

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Let me start with a caveat: I am not a Cultural Care Au Pair Financial Team member. The information I post here is subject to change without my knowledge. However, enough families have asked me questions about the program cost breakdowns of extending with a current Au Pair vs. repeating the […]

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What is “Room and Board”?

Monday, 6 February 2017

Here is a question I have heard from both newly arrived au pairs and new families navigating the program for the first time: “What does it mean to provide room & board?” According to the Department of State, host families are responsible to provide their au pair with a private bedroom (bathroom can […]

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THE STIPEND. Simple but Complicated…

Monday, 6 February 2017

Do you understand the ins and outs of the stipend? If you don’t always “get it”, you are not alone. There is often confusion about paying the stipend, because there are phrases attached to it, like “Au Pairs get two weeks paid vacation” which implies that if she takes more […]

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