From the beginning, PROaupair’s mission has been to recruit au pairs with professional backgrounds so that families can count on extremely high caliber care for their children. PROaupair is the only au pair agency in the U.S. that focuses on sourcing professional au pairs.
What Makes an Au Pair “Professional”?
In order to qualify as a professional, the au pair candidate must have a degree or professional experience in a childcare-related field, or at least one year of full-time experience. The majority of professional au pairs hold a degree in one of the following professions:
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Early Childhood Education/Teaching
- Pediatric Nursing
- Special Needs Education
- Special Needs Caregiving
During the au pair vetting process, the candidate completes an extensive application and provides documentation concerning his or her background and credentials. This information is made available to families during the matching process.
Where do professional au pairs come from?
PROaupair maintains an office in Germany and sources professional au pairs directly through its large network of European universities, vocational training schools, hospitals and referrals from organizations such as the German Red Cross. PROaupair's admissions team carefully screens and interviews candidates to ensure they are qualified. The majority of professional au pairs are German and Austrian.
What motivates professionals to come to the U.S.?
Professional au pairs participating in PROaupair’s programs have a keen interest in developing their careers and broadening their cultural horizons by working with children and living for a year or two in the United States. Improving their English, meeting Americans, and gaining experience for their future careers motivates them to participate in the PROaupair program.