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This post contains information about the US Department of State Au Pair Exchange Visitor Program.  There are many ways to participate in this program as a host family.  I recommend partnering with an independent agency to streamline the process and have hosted Au Pairs through both AuPairCare and Cultural Care since starting the Au Pair Program in 2014.

My opinions about hosting an Au Pair or working with an agency are all my own. I have not been compensated by AuPairCare or Cultural Care to write this post.  In addition, the guidance, tools and materials included in this post around navigating the Au Pair process are my own intellectual property based on my own experiences.  AuPairCare and/or Cultural Care does not officially endorse me or these materials.

Dear SooN Parents of the Internet,

Of my favorite quotes is from Lewis Carroll: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there”.

This concept directly applies to an Au Pair search. In order to find the right candidate for your Au Pair role, you need to be able to define exactly what your Au Pair role entails as well as what success looks like.  This is step one.

Once you’ve identified specifically what you are looking for, you need to be able to effectively communicate it to Au Pair candidates. I’ve learned that the easiest way to do this is through writing. This is step two.

So that’s it.  Two steps and you will be well on your way to knowing where you are going.  In this post, I’ll guide you through the process so you can quickly move on to finding the right road to take you there… (searching for your Au Pair)


To smooth travels,

Step One: Defining Your Expectations

Put simply, this isn’t just a job description. It is the blueprint for you and your Au Pair to build a successful year together. This step also comes in two parts:

1) Defining your vision for the Au Pair role by creating your Job Description.

2) Describing your expectations for an Au Pair as an employee and housemate by creating your Household Terms and Conditions.

That’s the roadmap for how to define your expectations.

Now let’s get started!

Download the Au Pair Job Description Builder to use as you work through STEP ONE: Defining Your Expectations. And really do download it and write out your answers as it will help you pull everything together in STEP TWO: Communicating Your Expectations.


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After you have worked through the basics of your role, thought through a typical day in your household and specifically where you want your Au Pair to participate, you will have everything you need to write a great job description [in step two].

Ready to move on to the next step?  Click HERE to continue with the How to Hire an Amazing Au Pair process.

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