That’s a rhetorical question.
A host mom just sent me a link to a discussion forum wherein a parent was asking for help finding an au pair.
This parent doesn’t want just any au pair. This parent wants an au pair who has gone AWOL– who has left an official au pair program & host family and is seeking a new placement.
What is this parent thinking?
As one forum participant replies:
OP, what you’re really asking is…
“How do I find someone who came to this country under false pretenses, deliberately overstayed their visa and/or jumped ship on their commitment to another family, but is now perfectly willing to take someone else’s money while staying completely under the legal radar? I’d like to leave them with my child(ren) and the keys to my house, since I know they’ll always do the right thing with both.”
Couldn’t have said it better.
What a bad idea.
Note: AWOL means “absent without leave.” In military terminology, going AWOL is to abandon a “duty” or post without permission from one’s Government or superior.
Image: awol from sensesmaybenumbed