Glossary

Au Pair – Young men or women, mostly women, from foreign countries who arrange with Host Families to provide childcare services in exchange for the opportunity to live in their country while learning the language and culture.

Au Pair, EduCare – See EduCare Au Pair.

Au Pair, Extension – See Extension Au Pair.

Au Pair, Plus – See Plus Au Pair.

Au Pair, Prematch – See Prematch Au Pair.

Au Pair, Premiere – See Premiere Au Pair.

Au Pair, Transition – See Transition Au Pair.

Au Pair Activity –

Au Pair Search –

Au Pair, Standard – See Standard Au Pair.

Corporate Office –

Department of State (DoS) – The DoS oversees all Au Pair agencies and has set all the rules and regulations for the program.

EduCare Au Pair – may only work with school-aged children. Work 30 hours per week and complete additional schooling. Receive a lower weekly stipend but Host Families contribute more toward tuition.

EduCare Program – designed for Host Families with school-aged children who don’t need 45 hours of child care each week. Au Pairs receive a lower weekly stipend but Host Families contribute more toward their tuition.

Extension – Au Pairs have the option to extend for an additional 6, 9, or 12 months beyong their first year when they complete all of their required college credits. Au Pairs may either extend with their same Host Family or they may decide to transfer Host Families for their second year, which is called an Extension Transfer.

Extension Au Pair – See Extension.

Extension Transfer – See Extension.

Family Day –

Go Au Pair – As one of a handful of Au Pair sponsors designated by the DoS, we are responsible for ensuring that all of the federally regulated program rules are followed. Go Au Pair is the sponsor of the Au Pair’s visa and is required to ensure that all Au Pairs remain in good standing while under our sponsorhsip.

Guidelines – See Regulations.

Host Family – Provide full room and board, a weekly stipend and up to $500 per year towards tuition in exchange for childcare and light housekeeping. Host Families must provide their Au Pair with a private room that has a door on it. Host Families are responsible for interviewing and ultimately selecting their Au Pair.

Immediate Childcare Needed – See Transition Au Pair.

International Agency – Recruit and screen Au Pairs for Go Au Pair allowing us to bring Au Pairs to the U.S. from a wide variety of countries.

Interview –

Local Area Representative (LAR) – Have three primary responsiblities: 1) recruit Host Families, 2) ensure compliance of DoS program regulations, and 3) support Host Families and Au Pairs, all year round, in any way they can.

Monthly Contact –

Orientation –

Outside Employment – Au Pairs may not accept outside employment from the program immediately as this is considered working beyond the allotted hours.

Placement Coordinator –

Plus Au Pair – Au Pairs who have been an Au Pair in another country. Their schedule and requirements will still be the same as a Standard Au Pair, but their weekly pay is higher because of their extra experience.

Portal –

Prematch Au Pair – When a Host Family knows the Au Pair they would like to bring to the U.S. outside of Go Au Pair. In this situation, the Au Pair applies for the program through an International Agency in their home country and completes the same application as all Au Pairs. The same regulations for the Standard Au Pair program apply to prematches unless they sign up under a different program.

Premiere Au Pair – To qualify for this program, Au Pairs will either need a degree in childcare or have at least 2 years of full-time childcare experience. Au Pairs in this program are at least 20 years old and have at least 6 months driving experience. Because of the additional qualifications, Premiere Au Pairs receive the highest weekly stipend.

Regulations –

Rules – See Regulations.

Schedule –

Seventeen Point Au Pair Application Process – Includes: in-person interview, two childcare references, one character reference, physician’s report, letter to potential Host Families, clean criminal background check, psychometric test, personality test, completion of high school or equivalency, 32 hours of training on safety and child development.

Standard Au Pair – The most popular selection for Host Families and Au Pairs. The program requires all Au Pair applicants to have previus childcare experience and pas Go Au Pair’s 17 point application process. Standard Au Pairs can work up to 45 hours each week, no more than 10 hours per day.

Stipend – Au Pairs receive a weekly stipend that is based off of federal minimum wage. Each week the Au Pair is in the U.S., she must receive her stipend even if she did not work. Host Families are required to pay at least the minimum stipend, but some will choose to pay more. Offering performance based raises is generally a good practice, but there is no regulation on raises so it is at the Host Family’s discretion. Go Au Pair can only require a Host Family to pay more than the minimum except when they have matched with a Plus or Premiere Au Pair.

Transition Au Pair – This program is perfect for Host Families that need immediate childcare. These Au Pairs have already arrived in the U.S. and need to change Host Families for the time left on their visas.

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