We’re new to the AP process, currently interviewing for our first AP ever.
I’m in academia, and was hoping for someone to start in July or August, so that they can get comfortable with my son (will be 3 years old in the Fall) before school starts back up in September.
One issue is that my sister-in-law is getting married in Ireland (we’re on the East Coast) in mid/late-August, so we will be overseas for a week early into our au pair’s tenure. For logistical and financial reasons we could not take an au pair with us. I was hoping that our AP would want to take that week as vacation.
Or, do you think it would be better to have someone come the last week of August, after the wedding, even though that would only give them one week to settle in before “back to school”?
Currently our top candidate wants to come over in July, but take her full two weeks vacation during the first two weeks of September to be the maid of honor at her sister’s wedding back home. This is, as you know, *right* when I’d need the AP to be in full-swing for my work hours.
We really, really like this candidate. We’re considering her seriously, even though adapting to her vacation needs would mea:
- She gets an “extra” week off, home alone at our place in the US while we are overseas.
- We’d have only one week together, at the end of August before she is gone herself for two weeks.
- We’d have a rough back to school transition here at home with the need for backup care.
My other hesitation is that we’ll only have been together about 6 weeks before all this transpires, and she then won’t have any vacation time left for the whole year.
Do you see any way to make it work with this match, or should we just keep looking?
We’re looking to match with an AP from a certain country (France) for language/cultural reasons, and they seem to be scarce.
– Host mom avec une choix difficile