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Our rates are very competitive at a cost of only $7.20 per hour. Whether you are a first-time or repeat host family, or looking to transfer from another agency, we have a discount just for you! In addition, we also offer a flexible payment plan that makes the au pair program even more convenient for your family!
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Not only are we a leading au pair agency, but we are also parents. This is why we offer only thoroughly screened, highly trained au pairs that we would entrust with our own children. With flexible arrival dates to meet your busy schedule you can welcome your new au pair in 4-6 weeks or less!
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We are a family oriented agency dedicated to providing quality, trustworthy care for your children! If you have questions about the au pair program we will be happy to walk you through the process step-by-step from filling out your application to welcoming your new au pair. 
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Valentina G. - Runner Up

 

Congratulations to Valentina G. of Italy

Nominated by the Bertoli Family in Massachusetts!


 "Before having an au pair, I was nervous about the idea of having another person come live with us. Valentina’s warmth and participation as a member of our family has convinced me that having an au pair is the best balance between having a babysitter and having family care for our children.

When Valentina arrived, my daughter was dead set on making her life miserable. A strong-willed child who is not a fan of transition, she screamed “No Valentina!” at the top of her lungs for the first two months. To make matters worse, we had asked Valentina to only speak Italian so that our kids would pick it up quickly- unfortunately, they were not yet speaking Italian back to her. Valentina took this hiccup in stride with grace and maturity. She was not turned off but rather used her creativity and loving personality to win them over- doing endless art and baking projects, thinking up magical creative games like playing with flashlights and pretend “tents” in their room, and taking them on nature walks. Valentina let the kids snuggle in her bed and get close to her, going the extra mile. She dug right in and in those two months, established a relationship with my daughter that rivals mine in the best way possible. Valentina is now the recipient of my daughter’s rare displays of affection. 

Valentina G. WebsiteMy son, on the other hand, took to Valentina more easily but has had a rockier road. Unfortunately, he needed to have major surgery during Valentina’s time with us, causing us to rely even more on Valentina for care at home (since he was out of school). She cleared her schedule for the month of my son’s surgery and even arranged her vacation home to Italy around this planned event. She came to the hospital to visit and decorated the house with colorful signs and goodies for his return. She has been attentive to his condition, contacting me with any concerns, and made me so relieved that we have had her as part of our family during this stressful time.

Valentina knows when to be a best buddy- taking the kids out to a restaurant for a special treat or on a special outing- and when to discipline, calmly and firmly. She always asks me how I would like things done, whether it comes to the house or the kids. There are things she asks me that I have never even considered, like if I would like help when I am home with the kids, if it would be a disturbance for her to use the hair dryer, if she can pack me lunch for me to take to work. She tells me the “real deal,” reporting daily to me via text if they behaved, ate, etc. She sends photos almost daily- a working mother’s dream. I feel as though I really have a handle on what is going on in the house." 

"Valentina has settled right into life in the U.S. She is a champion shopper and extrovert; she has perfected her English by speaking to anyone who will engage her. She has also explored New England, always on the lookout for sporting events, local festivals, and hot new restaurants. One glance at her calendar shows a schedule jam-packed with friends, events, and weekends away to new places. She is the one member of her au pair circle who reliably attends meetings and will go so far as to skip a weekend with her boyfriend to be home for a meeting. 

I am thrilled that Valentina extended her au pair experience for a second year with us and I am already starting to dread the idea of her leaving. She will be a lifelong friend and family member and she has completely sold me on the au pair program. However, our next au pair has some big shoes to fill!"

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Congratulations to Laura G. of Spain- WINNER of the 2017 Au Pair of the Year Contest!

Nominated by the Tanner Family in North Dakota


"What is a gift? A gift is something you wanted or needed but never thought you could afford. A gift is a surprise that could bring you joy or bless your life. I call Laura Garcia a gift. She is a gift to myself and to my children.

Nine months ago my 14 year old son came home after meeting the neighbor’s au pair and said to me “Mom we need an au pair”. At that time I had left my professional career for two years to focus on the care and needs of my five children. I had spent a year trying to overcome some health challenges while working with a son who struggles with low self-esteem, ADHD and anxiety.

When we met Laura through Skype she stood out in a different way than all the other applicants we interviewed. She had a secondary education degree in her country and had a dream to become an English teacher like her Mom. She had a warmth, sincerity and maturity that drew my family to her. She comes from the Spanish Canary islands. Her island is a tourist destination known for its beaches and warm climate. I knew Laura had a sense of adventure when she agreed to experience the severe winters of North Dakota and the challenges of caring for 5 children.LauraGPhotos1

It was never difficult to get to know Laura. She has welcomed us in her heart and her life. She included us from day one in sharing her dreams and experiences in America. It was her openness in sharing her life with us that made it so easy to love her and make her a part of our family. It is easy to have open communication with Laura because of her gratitude and love for her host family. She carries herself with a sense of confidence which allows her not to shy away from communicating with us about her wants and needs.

Shortly after her arrival the public school system was having a hard time meeting my 14 year old son’s educational needs and began to encourage us to look for other alternatives. This had been an on-going challenge for 4 years. I had spent a lot of nights worrying how to help my son. Laura was by my side listening to me, my son and the school. I realized I had a teacher in my home and maybe together we could home school my son. This was not an easy task. Many past teachers expressed their frustration. Laura did not shy away from the challenge. She was willing to teach him in the morning. She realized that it helped to take him to the YMCA/gym to home school. He seemed to listen to her instructions better if she gave him breaks at the gym where they exercise together. She has been able to teach him as she has won his trust and love. She has been able to place boundaries as he tries to manipulate how his day should go. She was an answer to a long struggle. A struggle I am confident I could have not faced on my own.

My third grade son has always tested below grade level in reading. Laura was willing to read with him after school and his reading level has improved. She has taught two of my children to play the guitar in exchange for paying for piano lessons. Her love of music has helped her learn a new instrument. She has shared her love of music with our family as she has played her guitar and shared her beautiful voice.

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When Laura is not around, all my children ask where she is and when she is coming back. She has helped free up my time to allow me to nurture myself. Simply being able to get away allows me to be a better Mom. She has also allowed me to prepare to return to my profession. This has brought a joy in my life that I never realized I missed.

Laura is not someone who wants to experience America but rather one who wants to inhale America. This includes embracing -35 Fahrenheit weather, snow skiing for the first time, and learning about different religions/cultures. She has a dream to visit every state in the United State and because of this goal she was willing to go on a long road trip with a neighbor and her four children to experience Chicago Illinois. She had a dream to attend an American college so enrolled at Bismarck State College’s cultural diversity course despite high out of State tuition costs.

She never shies away from meeting new people and service. She is stretching herself as she has accepted volunteer assignments to present at a high school Spanish class and a college Spanish class about her country. One taxi driver was grateful for her help digging him out of a snow bank. We hope that Laura can become an ambassador to future au pairs. And that more gifted, grateful, deserving au pairs can become a gift to families around the world.


 

Laura's Accompanying Nomination Video!

Laura's nomination video was lovingly created by one of her 5 host children. It is a true testament to the bond she shares with her host family!

Laura's IAPA Au Pair of the Year Contest Essay!

 

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As long as I can remember, I’ve always dreamt to come to the United States. So when I had the  chance,  I  visited  the  country  in  four  different  occasions  as  a  tourist,  but  it  was  not  until  I became  an  au  pair  that  I felt  the reality  of the  American  culture. Being  an  au  pair  is  a  cultural immersion.  It means  experiencing the  politics, the food, religions,  and  the  racial  diversity.  This has made me grow up, be more appreciative and tolerant about people, I’ve learnt how to live and how to see life from a different perspective, out of my comfort zone. 

 For me the most important thing is family. It was not easy at the beginning to start a new life without them. When I met my host family, I knew we could have a good relationship, but I didn’t expect to love them as much as I do now. 

After a few months, I started to feel that I wasn’t only an employee but I was part of the family. I’m very comfortable living with them, even when the kids wake me up at 6.00 am playing the drums and say that they don’t like my cooking.

In the professional field, being an au pair has helped me to develop my teaching skills. I’m a teacher  and that’s  a  passion  that  I  learnt  from  my  mom.  I  have  been  helping  homeschool  the oldest  child, Benson.  It’s  funny  how  this was  supposed  to  help  the  family,  yet  it  has  helped myself. Teaching implies learning, and I learn everyday from him. Also, I’ve been  volunteering giving lectures in College and High School which has made me learn about the American school system.

I still have months ahead as an au pair, and I already have plenty of memories to share, as when  the  dog  ran  away,  me  and  the  kids  had  to  look  for  him  and  Logan  prayed  showing  his pureness.  I’ve  been  able  to  enrich  myself  every  single  second.  I’ve  studied  in  college,  I’ve travelled,  I’ve  practised  different  sports  and  shared  my  passion  for  soccer,  I’ve  met  amazing people, I’ve learnt to play piano and experienced the social life of Bismarck.

I encourage any au pair to accept adventures, to be open minded, extroverted and embrace the new culture that surrounds them because the personal and emotional contribution is huge. The children asked me to write who is my favorite child... it’s Cash (the dog).

Laura G.

Au Pair International

 

 

What Our Host Families Say

  • John - CO

    A little over two years ago, I lost my wife Patty to cancer. With a huge hole in our home from the loss of Patty, Svetlana stepped in and helped Bryce feel loved and cared for during a situation that is difficult to imagine and understand. She has seen us through many tears and sadness, but brought so much safety and comfort into our home. I honestly don’t know how we could have made it the past few years without her.
     
  • LindseyMary

    Lindsey - CA

    Mary Luisa or lulu as we call her entered our family at a challenging time in early July. I was 7 months pregnant and our son was starting to act out as he realized a new baby was on the way. Rocket met Mary and instantly fell in love. He was so excited his new best friend would be living in our house. From day one lulu stepped in and has been there for our son and helped make the new baby transition easier on the whole family.
     
  • Ornela

    Keith - MD

    It was a very terrifying thought for me to entrust my children to someone else, but I can say with whole hearted enthusiasm, we really "hit the jackpot" with Ornela. She has taken our twins from speaking greek words to being completely bilingual! To see the confidence and ability that they have is in a large part dedicated to her. We can truly see the pride and love that she has for Georgia and Peter. Ornela has really become a part of our family, not just an au pair.
     
  • NozomiStevenson

    The Stevenson Children - MD

    These past four months with our au pair have been the best experience ever! She even rode the Tower of Terror at Disney World with us three times. Tell us how many au pairs will do that for their host family kids! Our au pair is very special and we love her just like a family member. She does so much for our family and we just want to tell everyone how awesome she is to us!
     
  • Effie

    Patricia

    We feel fortunate as parents to have Effie in our family, especially in our busy lives when being away from home and the children during the day can often be very stressful. She makes our life easier, giving us the confidence that our kids are safe, in good hands and with the right direction!
     
  • Lissy

    Audrey - FL

    Lissy has exceeded every expectation we had for an au pair and has become just like another family member. I have said time and time again that you guys must do an amazing job screening these applicants. Although now I would have a hard time doing this again because I don't know if we could ever top Lissy!
     
  • MaureenSatoko

    Maureen - MI

    We have had several au pairs in our home and we feel very glad and are very lucky that Satoko came to us. I don't want to jinx anything because this is only the second week but I can tell you that Satoko is golden. We are grateful to Au Pair International for introducing her to us!