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TheBestAupair.com is a site dedicated to finding host families for au pairs, or au pairs for host families. It’s an interesting way of finding suitable matches from across the globe, which is particularly useful if you hope to find an au pair with a particular language or culture which you want to bring into your home. The site offers tips on moving abroad and how to meet people in a similar situation to your own, whilst also allowing families the opportunity to find help from people who are looking to travel and live in a new country.
A free membership will allow you to browse au pairs and families. You can also send them a message suggesting that you are interested in contacting them further. If you want to make any real in depth contact then you will need to upgrade to a premium package to do so, and whilst the site is more expensive than some others around, it does seem a reasonable rate considering that hiring an au pair is a more substantial commitment than hiring a babysitter for a few hours a month.
Not all of the members on thebestaupair.com are from other countries, a good number of them are Americans who are looking to relocate. The site is bound to attract people who are bilingual because this is often a draw for families who want to incorporate a language and culture into their home. Profiles offer a range of information on the family or au pair, such as their availability, nationality and current place of residence. You can also see how many messages a member has received, how many times their profile has been viewed and when they most recently logged on, giving you some idea of how popular they might be with other site users. Contact details are only available to premium members, which is a fair safety tool given that a lot of the au pairs are travelling to a new country on their own.
The site offers tips on how to adapt to a new country, how to speak with families or au pairs and how to think about air fares and travel expenses. It also offers a contracting service which allows you to produce legitimate contracts should you need to, which can be useful if you don’t have access to a lawyer or are hiring someone from a country where such contracts are not frequently used.
TheBestAuPair is a unique site which offers a great way for families and au pairs to correspond and potentially join together. The site is easy to use and offers some honest and useful information for all parties involved. Certainly a site worth using if you’re in the market for an au pair or are looking to take care of children and become part of a family abroad.
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