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Au Pair
updated: Feb 09, 2014, 7:26 PM

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My 19 year old German cousin wants to work as an au pair (or similar work) in Santa Barbara starting this summer. Do any of you have any suggestions on agencies she should apply with? Or should she try to find a family directly? I am hoping some of you have experience with this - any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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 COMMENT 493512 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-09 07:39 PM

what is au pair?


 COMMENT 493514 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-09 07:50 PM

I believe it is a nanny that lives as a part of the family. Usually from another country so the child can learn another culture. There has got to be an agency.


 COMMENT 493518 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-09 08:04 PM

My brother found his current au pair from a friend of his at his young son's day care. For what it's worth, his au pair is a total rockstar- great with kids and cleans beautifully, too. Networking is everything when it comes to au pairs, baby sitters and nannies. Also have your cousin list herself on SBParent-dot-com.


 COMMENT 493528P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-09 08:33 PM

I know there are agencies. They do background checks on the nannies and they also check out the families who are hiring. Without a trusted recommendation, that's probably the safest way to find a position.


 COMMENT 493548 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 06:55 AM

A site called sitter city is available free to UC employees seeking child/elderly/pet care help. Job seekers create a profile to post on the site, sort of a glorified Craigslist. The eldercare business is huge in Santa Barbara, if she likes old people. Based on our experience with several " top" agencies, the bar to employment as a senior companion is set very low.


 COMMENT 493549 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 07:14 AM

There are two pretty good agencies. I like Aupair care and there is Cultural care Au pair as well. Go online to find them. They have offices in Ventura or even here. Good luck.


 COMMENT 493555 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 08:24 AM

If your cousin wants to work with an agency, she needs to get her ducks in a row pronto. There is an extensive application/screening process she will have to go through that takes a fair amount of time. Good luck to her, it can be great!


 COMMENT 493578 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 09:28 AM

Good luck to your cousin -- could be a good deal for all involved!!


 COMMENT 493599 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 10:19 AM

She can put up flyers at all the Parent Child Workshops. Those parents tend to be more hands on and would LOVE their toddlers to be exposed to anther language/culture. The Oaks, Star King, San Marcos and Lou Grant.


 COMMENT 493625 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 10:55 AM

ProAuPair recruits au pairs in Germany for US families. Your cousin would need a family in SB to use an au pair agency for her to be an au pair in SB, provided she qualifies.

Au pairing is a live-in cultural exchange program strictly defined and regulated by the US State Department and there is a list of approved au pair agencies on the State Department's website. This is different from going through a nanny agency and being a professional nanny.

Any other use of the term "au pair" -- outside of the State Department-approved agencies that follow the program -- is incorrect and is nothing more than freelance nannying, which has a lot of drawbacks such as no limits on work hours, etc.


 COMMENT 493694 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 02:02 PM

Check craiglist, sometimes there are ads for nannies there. Maybe get bonded, get a car with insurance, learn cpr, and such, become a certified swimming instructor, and take some early childhood classes.


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