Help! We are having a serious issue with the educational component for our au pair.
Our au pair came to us in early January of last year, too late to start classes for the semester. We had planned to get her registered in the summer, but my military duty unexpectedly took me away from home the entire summer so we weren’t able to.
Our solution (we thought) was that our au pair could take a weekend class– the one we found is offered through Sojourner-Douglas College. We were made aware of these classes through other au pairs in our community who have used the classes to satisfy the requirement. Our agency (Interexchange) told us these courses are not allowed by the State Dept.
I know that au pairs sometimes fail to complete the education requirement, and that as long as they are not out any money, it doesn’t become a big deal. BUT in this case it matters that she complete her credits– she want’s to expend, but not with us. (We are shifting to family care.)
We enrolled our au pair in a local free ESL course but she will be short the 60 hours needed AND now the agency has told us she must satisfy those hours by the end of November in order for her to extend.
I am trying to find our if these classes DO satisfy the requirements (as far as I can tell they do).
If not, are there any other ways to satisfy the educational requirement, that we might have missed?
We have already tried — appealing to audit at local colleges, appealing to the agency to accept the weekend course, talking with LCC, talking with several different people within the agency… to no avail. We have two local universities and a tech school who would not even allow her to audit a course without a full admission, TOEFL, and transcripts from Thailand.
The course she is taking now is a free ESL class. While there are other ESL courses available, but I don’t have the time to drive her to ESL class every day.
Thanks for any help you can provide!