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What happens when the AuPair.com team meets?

by Felicia on Nov 12, 2019
What happens when the AuPair.com team meets?
How many times have you heard that AuPair.com is an online-matching platform? That’s the first thing we say to our users, in order to let them know what they should expect from us and what is included in our service. Every now and then we receive nostalgic comments, complaining about how everything is done online now and how better it was when people used to talk face to face. Let me tell you something: for the moment, there are still people working behind those computers and platforms everybody uses. So, yes, we may have gradually lost the contact with people around us but we are still the ones who answer the phone and your e-mails.
 

But what does working in an online platform mean? 

Well, we literally work online and working online means a lot of things. It’s different from sharing an office with dozens of people: we don’t drink a cup of coffee together during the break - or, at least, not at the same time -  and we don’t meet for a drink afterwork. Nonetheless we work in different nations at the same time, therefore we have different timetables and when it comes to meetings, you’ll see of us having breakfast, the other one may eat a sandwich for lunch, and there might be someone ready for bed. 
The team work remains fundamental, though. Screens divide us from our colleagues but we still have a multifaceted staff who deals with different tasks everyday: from the translators to the social media manager, from the HR customer service responsible to the IT department, from the copywriters to the interns and the  content managers.
 
While writing this article, listing our staff and our tasks, I realized how much AuPair.com has in common with the Au Pair program. We don’t work alone, but rather in a team and - guess what - a multicultural team! The cultural exchange is our daily routine: we speak many different languages in 8 hours and we deal with customers from all over the world. I bet it reminds you of the Au Pair definition!
AuPair.com is a cultural exchange platform itself! Our team covers a huge variety of countries and that is what makes it special. India, Italy, Germany, Poland, Russia, England, Belarus, France, Venezuela, US, Spain, China and many more work together to make your Host Family or Au Pair experience as positive as possible. And even if our common language is English,  Spanish or Russian words would slip during a talk, or shouting something in German would be the right solution to express the general disappointment. 
Buongiorno, AuPair.com. Wie kann ich ayudarle? Est-ce que vous teneis ja ein Profil? शुभ संध्या, спасибо!
 

What happens then when the team meets?

Given the fact that Italians hate when nobody can see their crazy and hectic gestures while they are speaking, AuPair.com every now and then organizes “non-working” video-calls. And what happens is...we say tongue-twisters! 
 
Zwischen zwei Zwetschgenzweigen sitzen zwei zwitschernde Schwalben
Leży Jerzy kolo wieży  i nie wierzy ze na wieży leży dużo jeży 
Kaccha Papad pakka papad
Señor compreme coco. Yo no compro coco porque como poco coco, y como poco coco como, yo poco compro coco
Sotto la panca la capra campa, sopra la panca la capra crepa
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick
 
Thought as cruel penance, tongue-twisters helped us to break the ice and to get to know each other better. What did we find out during our meeting? Between a cup of tea and a сгущенка, we found out that our boss is a sportsman and, believe it or not, he laughs from time to time! Our IT expert was the bad boy in school, a misunderstood genius; the perfect day of our yoga teacher - no, we don’t take yoga classes (yet), she is our social media marketing responsible - is living and experiencing every moment; our Spanish translator is stubborn, hardworking and incredibly funny (pero come poco coco); our HR doesn’t lie - unless she has to organize a birthday party, she’s pretty good with it! Then, if you come from China, you won’t run away from all our questions on your country and if you are Italian, you’ll be asked what you have for lunch everyday!  And guess what, India and Russia are friends: Indians are seen as cheerful and friendly people in Russia. Our teams counts on former Au Pairs who had the greatest times of their lives in the country of their ancestors, in their dream land (who doesn’t want to live in London?) or in the cold and loving Germany. 
 
The AuPair.com team is composed of people with the most different cultural backgrounds, habits and beliefs. Creating a profile on AuPair.com, you’ll see the work of a varied, talented and international team, that mirrors the colourful world we live in!
 
You want to know us better? Check this video :)
 
Hey, did you just realize that this kind of job may be appealing for you? If you are interested in joining our team, you can find more information about the AuPair.com jobs here.
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