March 25, 2020

Host kids answer: “What is an au pair?”

There are more answers than you think!

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Cultural exchange

Part of our Small Talk video series, we asked some of our host kids to answer the question: “What is an au pair?” and their answers are heartwarming, hilarious, and surprisingly accurate. They realized that while au pairs are similar to nannies and babysitters, there are important differences, like the fact that they live with you and they need a visa to travel to the U.S.

Our host kids were also quick to point out that their au pairs feel like “big sisters” which is in line with what Cultural Care Au Pair defines as “the spirit of the au pair program”. Host families agree to embrace the spirit of the program by embracing their au pairs as family members versus employees.

And when host kids and their au pairs talk about all of the fun activities they do together—like cooking, reading, playing hide-and-seek, making igloos and dancing the Macarena—it’s no wonder American families love hosting au pairs year after year.