When you find the right child care solution, you know it. Countless InterExchange Au Pair USA families have found the perfect answer to their child care needs and hosted au pairs with us for years - sometimes as long as 18 to 20 years! Below are some examples of host families we're proud to have long-standing relationships with:
The Kobrynski-Lesnick family from Atlanta, Georgia Part of the InterExchange Au Pair USA family since 1999
"My wife and I are both physicians and need reliable child care help. We started in the au pair program when our first daughter was six weeks old. Staying at home for the first year and a half really kept her healthy. We continued with au pairs through the birth of our second daughter. Since it’s hard for us to drive afternoon carpool, we relied on our au pairs throughout their school years to get the kids to all their after-school programs. These included piano lessons, viola lessons, horseback riding, and a variety of religious school activities. Our oldest is graduating high school tomorrow, but we are still planning on having an au pair for our younger daughter to get to and from school. This will likely be our 17th and final year with au pairs, as our younger daughter starts driving in the spring on her own."
"The desks and tables are filled with photos of our kids at different ages, each with an au pair dear to our hearts. I think this also sends the right signal to new au pairs staying with us, when they see how much we treasure these pictures of our former au pairs."
"Having au pairs has changed our lives in many ways. Mostly, I think we were really prepared for our daughters to be teenagers! Our kids now act just like our prior au pairs! It has also helped our kids to see the world as a larger place and understand other cultures. We travel extensively and embrace the other ways of life we find in the countries we visit. For our oldest daughter’s high school graduation gift, she is going to Europe to travel with a friend. Instead of staying in youth hostels, she is taking a tour of her former au pairs, each of whom has welcomed her into her home with open arms! Each year, as a parting gift to our au pair, we have a professional photo done of our girls with the au pair. We present them a framed photo, but retain a copy to display in our house. The desks and tables are filled with photos of our kids at different ages, each with an au pair dear to our hearts. I think this also sends the right signal to new au pairs staying with us, when they see how much we treasure these pictures of our former au pairs."
"We’ve hosted au pairs mainly from France and Mexico. This is because my wife speaks French, having extensive family in France. I speak Spanish, and spent a year as an exchange student in Mexico while I was in high school. Being an exchange student is a lot like being an au pair, so I felt a kindred spirit with all the young ladies staying with us. We still keep track of nearly all of them. We often see them when we go to France to visit Lisa’s family. Our first au pair is now in her late 30s and has four children of her own. We love visiting with her family in the Paris suburbs."
The Lemberg family from Westfield, New Jersey Part of the InterExchange Au Pair USA family since 2003
"We joined the program 11 years ago when our three kids were small - ages two, two, and one. I couldn't manage on my own with three babies, and after several part-time local nannies were unsatisfactory and at the recommendation of our friends, we decided to try an au pair from InterExchange Au Pair USA."
"We have met some amazing young ladies from Germany, Belgium, England, Denmark, and the Netherlands. Each brings something else to our family and we continue to keep in touch. In fact, we are having a triple b'nai mitzvah party for our kids in September, and at least five of our past au pairs are flying in for the celebration!"
"I couldn't manage on my own with three babies, and after several part-time local nannies were unsatisfactory and at the recommendation of our friends, we decided to try an au pair from InterExchange Au Pair USA."
"I think our lives have been enhanced by the program in many ways. We have learned about different cultures, accents, food and songs from all over the world. The biggest lesson my kids learned was that 'It's a small world after all.' No matter where people are from, there are commonalities. All the au pairs love Apple devices, iPhones, music, and video games too. They like to prepare a nice meal and eat with the family. They love to meet friends at Starbucks and go dancing at clubs in New York City. Young people are the same all over the world."
The Carithers family from Alexandria, Virginia Part of the InterExchange Au Pair USA family since 2006
"We joined the InterExchange Au Pair USA program in 2006 when our first child was almost two - we got the name of your agency from my aunt and uncle, who hosted au pairs through InterExchange Au Pair USA for at least 10 years."
"We are great about staying in touch through Facebook and Skype - and three of our former au pairs have returned for a visit and a fourth one is planning a visit with summer."
"We feel so lucky to have gotten to know six lovely and educated women from around the world (Japan, Germany, and Latvia) through InterExchange Au Pair USA who have become extended members of our family. Each of these young women has brought energy and enthusiasm to the job and a fresh perspective. Each one has helped our children through various stages of their lives; they've lived through potty training with us, starting kindergarten, learning to tie shoes, learning to swim … all with a sense of humor and adventure. We really have been so happy."
"Some people have asked me if it is hard on my children to have a new caregiver every year - certainly, there are lots of tears (mostly mine!) when it is time for the au pairs to leave, but we are great about staying in touch through Facebook and Skype - and three of our former au pairs have returned for a visit and a fourth one is planning a visit with summer. Moreover, we find that having a change every year keeps things new for both the children and us."
InterExchange is proud to have an experienced team that is dedicated to international cultural exchange. We come from a variety of backgrounds, but nearly every member of our New York City-based staff has extensive experience traveling, working, or living abroad.