Au Pair Care offers new safety training course for au pairs
January 13, 2012
Becoming an au pair is a great way for people to see the world and really get to know another country. Typically, an au pair will live with his or her host family and help take care of the children and other duties around the house. This presents a unique opportunity for au pairs to really immerse themselves in a foreign culture and understand it from the perspective of a native resident, rather than as a tourist.
Being an au pair is not as simple as just living with a host family. It is a job that comes with responsibilities and requires a certain skill set. Au Pair Care, one of the leading au pair agencies that matches au pairs from around the world with American families, recently launched a new training program, Safety Care. This course teaches au pair hopefuls about American safety rules and regulations, what their host families will expect of them and how to handle common safety issues. It also provides CPR and First Aid certification, driving and household safety courses.
Another thing to consider when becoming an au pair is homesickness. Some au pairs live with their host families for a year or more, while other jobs may only be for a few months. In any case, it can be daunting to move to a foreign country with no familiar faces. Au pairs can bring along international phone cards so they can stay in touch with their loved ones while they are working overseas.