on Au Pair, Mother's Help and Nanny Agencies
You will find employment agencies
specializing in Au Pair, Mother's Help and nanny job
searches in almost every country. In some countries, such
as those of the European Union and Switzerland, they are
well regulated. But in others, you have to be careful
when you look for a job through them.
these agencies are members of professional
associations. Though, in general, these
Associations tend to be weak and not very good at
enforcing their own rules. Therefore, whichever
agency you choose for helping you to find a job,
inquire clearly about their rules and their costs
to you as the job seeker or the family
looking for an Au Pair. Generally, agencies do
not charge persons looking for jobs.
are exceptions to this, especially in the USA!
A lot of the fee income of USA agencies comes
from the same of so-called training to
prospective au-pairs, which by law, they have to
income for agencies oin Europe is from the fees
they charge to the families, seeking Au
Some agencies have well developed
centers for helping Au Pairs to find language
schools and generally help sort out problems that
might arise between people of different cultures,
living in close proximity to each other. Other
agencies simply act as the intermediary for a job
search. As a rule, agencies can be a
great help when you are a stranger in a country,
not knowing all the social rules and conventions
and, maybe, facing some misunderstanding between
yourself and your host family!