Here’s something we’ve never talked about:
How Should Au Pairs who want to come to the USA choose the agencies to represent them?
(note: let’s only do US Agencies in this post– I’ll do another one for ‘international’ agencies)
We Host Parents know that there are a few differences in Au Pair Agencies that might shift us towards one or the other.
can all add up to make one Au Pair Agency more attractive than another to a host family.
But what about for Au Pairs? How should they choose among the legal agencies in the USA?
I’ve always assumed that it was a random process for au pairs, more about word-of-mouth or the energy of a particular local recruiting agent. But of course it makes sense to consider what might make one agency a better option than another for an au pair candidate.
Here’s the email from Famke that prompted the question:
I´m a 24 years old university student from Germany and planning on going abroad on a gap year as an Au Pair. The problem I´m facing is, which agency to pick?
I´m taking this extremely seriously and have learnt through my research that picking the right agency is crucial in order for this year to become a success.
You do offer some tips on your blog on deciding on an agency but I´d like to get some more specific input on which agencies American Au Pair Mums have had the best experiences with, which ones are the largest, have the best LCCs, etc.
I think it might be best to pick a large agency that can offer you a wide range of families and has the necessary resources to rematch you, just in case. Is this the case?
I’d really appreciate any guidance that you host parents (and au pairs) might offer. ~ Famke
This question is one for Au Pairs to chime in on. Each of you chose an agency —
What criteria did you use? What criteria do you recommend?
What matters most to an au pair when s/he chooses an Agency?
Choosing an Au Pair Agency: Two questions that might make a difference
How Much Does the Au Pair Agency You Choose Really Matter?
Reading the Fine Print: How do Au Pair Agency contracts differ?
If you were an Au Pair: Agency or Website?