Sorry for this basic question, but the concept of au pair is completely foreign to me. 😅 From what I can read, it’s about having someone come live at one’s place and in exchange of language exposure we provide food and shelter?
I assume this is much easier for those living in highly attractive tourist cities... Anyone here have experience living in less popular tourist places? Where/how do you find an au pair? How long do they usually stay?
Hi. I think that usually it's easier to get someone when you are living in a sought-after city. We had hundreds of applications within the first two days because we live in London and would have gotten more if we did not specify French only. That being said, perhaps the applicant might want to learn English or French from the community. I read it says you are from Canada. Perhaps if you make your town attractive, you could get interest. For example, the host writes a paragraph what they are looking for and what they have to offer. You provide food, shelter and pocket money. In London that is 80-100GBP a week depending on what you have the au pair do. This is for 25 hours of work.
What makes your offer attractive?
Nice, happy, easygoing family Clean, cozy room, own bathroom, TV in room Town with cute cafes, shops, hiking near by, skiing?
Basically, sell your location.
We found our au pair through Au Pair World, but there are other sites as well. We had ours just for the summer and next time we will get for spring and summer. It worked out really well for us. Some stay for a year or even two if it all goes well. It was one of the best decisions we ever made regarding language (besides the bilingual school). It gave my daughter the confidence and the ability to speak fluently. She still has a lot to learn of course, but she speaks in sentences and freely without having to think and she hasn't even been at her school a full year yet. I'm hoping the impact for my son will be the same the next time we have an au pair. He has now started the bilingual school so when the au pair starts in spring he will be more ready.
Amy: And to all other fellow zookeepers of course!
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Wojtek: Yesterday my daughter used a Polish word in an English sentence. From time to time she does it (don't know if I should be happy about that), but anyway what was amusing about that, she said it with an English accent!
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Wojtek: I feel the English accent in our monolingual family has seemed to be something unreachable but in that mixed sentence, I heard the difference. It surprised me slightly.
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Amy: So cute Wojtek! And such a lovely piece of news!
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