The Spirit of the Program- Balancing Expectations Honestly

Thursday, 29 June 2017

In spite of all I can do to prepare families and Au Pairs for the experience, there have been an usual number of matches lately that have come unstuck. The people involved have different traits, schedules and personalities but it really comes down to not being able to adjust from […]

Read more >>

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 […]

Read more >>

Extending and Renewing- the numbers for 2017

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 […]

Read more >>

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 […]

Read more >>

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 […]

Read more >>