Au Pair is an international cultural exchange program for youth established in 1969. The main goal of the program is to provide a unique opportunity forthe in-depth study of a foreign language and learning about the culture of the host country. Initially, it involved young people from 9 European countries, and today the Program Charter is adopted almost by all countries of the world, including Ukraine.
Why countries and families are interested in hosting Au Pair Program participants:
Developed European countries and the USA encourage foreign youth to study their language and learn about their culture, customs and mentality during the 1- or 2-year stay. This way, the countries advertise themselves, their capabilities, achievements and benefits.
It is very convenient to have an au pair in the family with whom the children feel comfortable and who can babysit them any time when the parents need to go to work or elsewhere. It is also interesting for the families to get to know someone from another country. Additionally, host families get tax credits.
Prospects for Au Pairs:
The candidate signs a contract with a Ukrainian Agency that undertakes to find a host family and prepares all documents necessary to obtain an American J-1 visa. The host family, upon studying the documents, looking through the photographs and talking to the Ukrainian candidate on Skype, signs a standard contract approved by the International Au Pair Program which clearly specifies the rights, duties, and liabilities of the parties. In each country, an independent program coordinator monitors compliance with the terms of the contract.
It is quite easy to master a foreign language if you live in a target-language country for 1-2 years, constantly hearing it “live” everywhere (on the streets, in stores, on radio and TV, in theatres and cafes), communicating daily with native speakers and taking language courses. You will simply have no chance not to master it. It is more likely that you will start forgetting your native language than fail in learning a foreign one. Communication with the family, children and other au pairs is also of help.
Proficiency in a foreign language opens prospects to an au pair in the field of overseas education. Receiving a degree from a prestigious US College or University, you can get a job and earn a decent salary of $4,000-5,000 per month.
Working as an Au Pair, you can earn pocket money $800 per month or $9,600 per year.
You will get a chance to see the world and find friends in the country, which will be your home for 1-2 years.
AU PAIR JOBS in the USA
The US Au Pair Program is very popular among Ukrainians as its terms are better thought-out than in all other countries that participate in this program. European experiencewas used to develop the American Au Pair Program. As this program was created much later, the United States took into consideration the many years of experience in Europe and specific American requirements – and rightly so.
The USA is a bigdeveloped country with numerous opportunities and prospects for Ukrainian youth. The USA is a perfect choice for those who want to enter an American College or University after completing the Au Pair program.
Women of 18 – 27 years of age.
Good standard of spoken English.
Liking for children, honesty, sociability, punctuality, responsibility.
Unmarried, no children, no criminal record.
Category B Driving License.
Program duration is 12 months, extensions of 6, 9, 12 months are available.
Childcare and simple household chores related to childcare, 45 hours per week.
Accommodation with a host family (a separate room), free meals.
1.5 days off per week and a paid vacation of 2 weeks per year.
Compulsory insurance and a college English course at the expense of the host family.
Pocket money in the amount of $800 per month or $9,600 per year.
Return ticket Ukraine-US-Ukraine at the expense of the family.
Program cost:UAH equivalentof US $650 at the PrivatBank exchange rate.
Copy of the travel passport
Medical Examination Report (the form is available in the office)
Copy of Diploma or School Leaving Certificate (the form is available in the office)
Letter of Reference (the form is available in the office)
Two letters of recommendation regarding childcare (the form is available in the office)
Video about you in English Letter to the host family in English (the form is available in the office)
Copy of driver’s license.
For more information, please visit the Agency’s office at: Vinnytsia, Soborna 66, office 309.