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Probably the most widespread way how to look for au-pair stays is with the help of some of the agencies that offer this service. 

We help our clients to find a job in England. We prepare these tips based on more than 7 years of experience. Probably the most widespread way how to look for au-pair stays is with the help of some of the agencies that offer this service. The most of them requires a fee for finding an appropriate family and for all administrative procedures. The agency that is looking for a family, for example in the UK, should be part of the British association of au-pair agencies BAPAA and international agency IAPA. This association oversees the compliance with the standards in families and agencies. One of the standards is to ensure the change of host family, if there are any disagreements and that is free of charge. It also oversees the hours worked and allowance the au-pair receives for her work.

Au-pair are predominantly girls. The reason is probably the fact that the guys are not obviously related to babysitting and housecleaning. In exceptional cases, the family can offer au-pair stay to a boy, but it will be mainly tasks as mowing the lawn, picking-up kids at school, shopping, car washing, etc.

Advantages of agency

  • Standard of services provided
  • Change of family, mostly free of charge
  • In case of complications, you can turn to someone

Disadvantages

  • The fee for stay arrangement
  • Waiting time
  • Age limits

If you want to skip the help from the Czech agency and save for a fee, you can apply directly to an agency in the place where you want to go. English agencies will find you a host family usually free of charge and registration with BAPAA is standard. Another option is to look for a family on your own. The risk that you find the wrong family is greater, because families are not verified and you have to rely solely on telephone conversation or recommendations of former au-pairs, if these references are available.  

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