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Many times the determining factor for bringing an au pair into the family can be the need for special support for a child’s education. Brain science offers a new direction to help these challenged children—a direction that au pairs and Host Families may pursue together.

LearningRX is one helping organization based in brain science that is spreading across the United States. Their mission is to help families find and fix the deeper reasons their children are struggling to learn.

Au pairs and Host Families have long been engaged in academically tutoring their children. However, brain training and cognitive skills training focus on helping children learn to learn, rather than on particular academic  areas.

Moms, dads, and au pairs learn about their children by watching and listening at home. Does the child see and hear well? Does he or she process well? Brain science is more specific. For example, does the child not just process visual and auditory information, but process it efficiently?

To learn about cognitive skills training, you may like to visit http://www.LearningRX.com . For information on how au pairs can provide unique supportive services, you may like to visit http://www.goaupair.com.

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Ignatius Loyola

Ignatius Loyola (Photo credit: Wikipedia, Public Domain)

Baltimore has the distinction of hosting Loyola University,  a historic college founded in 1852 by the Jesuits. This rigorous religious order is known for an approach called cura personalis, which translates approximately as “care for the whole person.” Thus, the undergraduate strength of Loyola University is its liberal arts curriculum, based on a worldwide academic approach with which many international au pairs may already be familiar.

“Loyola has been included in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine 2009 list of Best Values in Private Universities as well as being ranked in the top 10 in the North region for U.S. News’s ‘Great Schools, Great Prices.’” (http://www.loyola.edu/about.aspx ).

Baltimore just might be a perfect choice for an academically-oriented au pair.

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First Berlitz Language School in Providence, R...

First Berlitz Language School in Providence, Rhode Island 1878  (Photo credit: Wikipedia, Public Domain)

Go Au Pair’s presence in Austin, TX is exciting—and linked to growth opportunities for both Host Families and au pairs.

One educational opportunity for au pairs is the Berlitz Language Center. Berlitz specializes in Global Leadership Training, to allow individuals from multiple cultures to prepare for international career  assignments—and fit in like a native. A variety of instructional methods–private, group, and web-based–are available. Remember that for au pairs to receive education credits, instruction must be in-person.

Berlitz adult programs may be appropriate for au pairs who wish to increase their English language skills. The Berlitz Kids and Teens program may become an adventure for the entire family.

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English: Red Pinterest logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia, Public Domain)

Go Au Pair ‘s Au Pair Sis can help.

Au pair Sis is a major resource for both au pairs and Host Families in the United States. Her videos pinned at Pinterest start with the process of matching and continue through details like filing taxes and traveling internationally, maybe to Canada?

Need to know something specific about your program year? Want to understand the au pair program before you sign up? Just curious?

She’s also on Google. “Be here. Be happy.”

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English: Au Pair (Photo credit: Wikipedia, Public Domain)

In the 2010 statistics from the United States Census Bureau, 10-15% of total family income may be comfortably spent on childcare, and up to 25% may be spent from the income of a working mom (http://www.census.gov/hhes/childcare/data/sipp/2010/tables.html , Table 6). Some cultures spend a little more, and moms with a higher educational level may spend a little more. In dollars this often works out between $120 and $200 per week spent for 12-20 hours of childcare outside the home. Parents fit travel time and errands around that schedule.

A cultural au pair costs less than $10 per hour, works 45 hours a week, and provides live-in care. An ongoing estimate for weekly au pair costs is $340. Using the percentages from the Census Bureau, a working mom who hires an au pair may make about $4000 per month, if her income alone comfortably pays au pair costs (about 25%). Alternatively, the husband and wife  may both work and reduce the percentage of monthly childcare costs to 10-15% of their total income.

For a family in this demographic, what are the advantages of au pair care? There are many advantages—improved schedule, help with homework (tutors not required), help with a special needs child, childcare when they travel, driving support to children’s events, and the security of a federally supervised program that broadens the cultural experiences of the whole family. Additional children do not increase au pair fees.

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Be my valentine!

St. Valentine's Day

St. Valentine’s Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia, Public Domain)

“In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in CanadaMexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia” (See http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day). With the international cultural origins of au pairs, most will be familiar with Valentine’s Day.

In many countries, Valentine’s Day is synonymous with chocolate—often deep, dark chocolate blended with a variety of delicious ingredients. For those who love private and multiple Valentine’s Day celebrations, there is a unique brand of chocolate bars that blend the best of food ingredients with  love poems that are printed on the inside of the wrapper.

Chocolove chocolate bars are sold in many natural food stores and online. Each flavor (Almonds and Sea Salt, Cherries and Almonds, Raspberries, etc.) comes in milk or dark chocolate and each features a different poem.

What a nice way to bring an international tradition home to your Host Family and children!

XOXOX

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English: AuPairCare Au pair

AuPairCare (Photo credit: Wikipedia, Public Domain)

To many families the process of matching with and then receiving a Department of State cultural au pair into their home and family seems daunting—but there are many ways that Go Au Pair, one of the eight original au pair agencies approved at the beginning of the DOS program, can make the process easy.

Go Au Pair has nearly 300 au pairs (young adults between 18  and 26 years) around the world who have finished their training and are ready to match. If the au pair is in his/her native country, Go Au Pair’s international staff guides the process of completing the local embassy interview and acquiring the J-1 Visa needed to enter the United States. When the au pair is ready to fly to join his/her Host Family, the international staff coordinates with the Local Area Representative to make the process seamless.

Throughout the year of service, the au pair and the Host Family continue to be supported with necessary local information such as where and how to obtain a Social Security card and a driver’s license. Then, when it is time to return home, the international team springs into action again.

All of this planning  supports the making of wonderful memories for all concerned. Kids who have grown up with au pairs are different—in good ways.

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