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American Games and Rhymes

Picture this: you’ve headed to the USA with a big list of fun games to play, only for the kids to look at you blankly when you mention...

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Orientation - What To Expect

When you first arrive in the United States you’ll enjoy a 3-day orientation in New York City. This is a great opportunity to ease into life in America...

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Dealing With Homesickness

Working as an au pair in the United States is an incredible adventure. However, you will be living a long way from home and will undoubtedly miss your friends and...

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Life After Au Pair

After 12 incredible months of being an au pair in the USA, it’s time to decide what to do next! Here are our top tips for your post-au pair...

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Host Families - The Low Down

Probably the most important step in the Au Pair in the USA application process is matching with the right host family. After all, you will be spending 12 months...

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The 6 Must See Sights - New York City

When you first arrive in the USA, you’ll enjoy a 3-night orientation in New York City. During this orientation you’ll learn some important information about your...

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Get Au Pair Ready: Eligibility

Our Au Pair in the USA programme is an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience that sees you living and working with a host family in America. Of course, as you...

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What Are Our Lovely Au Pairs Thankful for

Happy Thanksgiving! Even though we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK, Brits tend to have an idea as to what happens from the countless American TV shows...

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Healthy(ish) Halloween Recipes

Spooky season is almost here. Au Pairs find out quickly that Halloween is a really, really big deal in the USA. It’s a fun day and a great...

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Myth Busting - Only Girls Can Be Au Pairs

The majority of au pairs are female, but why let the girls rule the au pair world? Boys can be au pairs too – they just have to apply! If...

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Driving in the USA - Or, Look Left First!

Driving is a vital part of an au pair’s job, there are school runs to do, clubs and play dates to zip to and you will...

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Easter-Themed Activities for Kids

Make a piñata OK, maybe not strictly speaking a traditional Easter activity, but you can have a lot of fun making an egg shaped piñata, it...

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What an Au Pair Needs to Pack

Packing for a whole year is not easy. Remember you can ask your family or friends to send things to you once you’re with your host family. Pretty...

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The Low-down on Your Au Pair Interview

Understandably I get asked a lot of questions about the interview stage of the application process so I thought I would put it all down in a post to...

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So What's Thanksgiving All About?

Each year, on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans meet for a feast of food, football and family fun, all in the name of giving thanks. Thanksgiving is a holiday...

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Hubble, Bubble.. Time for Spooky Fun

Halloween is a really big deal in the USA. Everybody likes to get involved, I had an American friend in London a few years ago who wondered why she...

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The Traits of a Good Au Pair

I have interviewed some great au pairs recently – people who are really keen to use their childcare skills and go and live the American Dream for a...

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Get Au Pair Ready: Increasing Childcare Hours

Posted: 31 March 2017

Fancy heading out to the USA on our awesome paid Au Pair programme? We don’t blame you! With great weekly wages, plus accommodation and meals included, becoming...

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Staying Safe at Halloween

Posted: 21 October 2016

If you didn’t already know, Halloween is Huge in the USA. HUGE. But with all that fun going on, it can be difficult to keep in control of...

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Teal Is the New Orange!

Posted: 20 October 2016

In the USA, there’s a new decoration outside houses for Halloween: bright teal-blue pumpkins. The Teal Pumpkin Project was started three years ago by the mother of a...

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