Any reader of this blog knows — an Au Pair Agency becomes an important support for a young person coming to the USA.
The Agency screens Host Parents, manages all the Au Pair’s training and travel, and is the first place to turn in any kind of relationship, health, or other emergency.
What happens, though, for Au Pairs outside the USA?
How can American Au Pairs evaluate the reputations of the agencies they are using to support their Au Pair years? How can they figure out which Agencies to trust?
Because au pairing is less regulated– if not unregulated — in every country outside of the USA, Au Pairs don’t have federal rules that they can invoke when they are creating their contracts or struggling to set boundaries.
I hope that some of the international readers of the blog (especially some of the wonderful women I met at the IAPA Conference back in March) will offer their perspectives…
Dear AuPairMom —
Our daughter is going abroad for a year as an au pair but we are a little concerned that she is going through an internet brokerage without any support, especially if the placement does not work out.
We are encouraging our daughter to compare agencies as well as host families.
Is there a list of 3-5 respected au pair agencies/companies that place Americans abroad?
Is there any kind of rating we can look at for these companies?
Mom of Future Au Pair