before your au pair arrives

Easy Ways to Get to Know Each Other Before Your Au Pair Arrives

by cv harquail April 3, 2015

Once we’ve matched with each other, Host Families and Au Pairs usually have a good bit of time to wait before the Au Pair physically joins the family. We’ve already shared a bit about how often we like to check in with each other between Match and Arrival.   We agree that keeping in touch […]

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Help Your Incoming Au Pair Visualize Her Adventure

by cv harquail March 18, 2014

My au pair is doing a project for the agency and has requested photos of us, neighborhood, etc.  Should I send her pics of our house and her room?   Absolutely! Send photos! It’s understandable that your new au pair wants to be able to visualize where she is going to be. I think it’s […]

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Help Your New Au Pair Pack: 5 things to bring, 5 things to leave behind

by cv harquail July 9, 2010

West Coast Mom suggests that we pool our collective wisdom to generate a packing list for our incoming au pairs.  This list would not include the basics (they’ll all think to pack underwear). Instead, this list would cover wht an au pair needs to bring to support her or his adventure. What we pack reflects […]

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