Is the Au Pair program for girls only? Obviously the answer is a NO!
Every boy who wants to take a part in the Au Pair experience and become an Au Pair abroad should keep in mind that the application process may take a bit longer than in the case of Au Pair girls.
How can a male Au Pair speed it up? Make sure to:
add a few great pictures to your profile
offer families references from your previous childcare jobs
write detailed letters to the Host Families in your profile
send many requests daily and be active
Au Pair is not a gender restricted job, so it is possible for boys to find a place in a Host Family. The truth is that it can take much longer for a male Au Pair to be placed, but some families are looking exactly for an elder brother for the kids.
As a male Au Pair you are free to register, create your profile and start contacting Host Families at AuPair.com. There are many families that prefer having a female Au Pair, but there are also families that are willing to give guys a chance. It is up to the Au Pair to do his best to persuade the families of his qualifications for the job.
We recommend you to create a really attractive profile that will convince Host Families to choose you. It is very important to add pictures and provide references in childcare to prove, even to the sceptic families, that you are suitable for the program.
If you are a Host Family and you are open to host either a male or female Au Pair, we recommend you to encourage boys to write to you as well so they consider you as a potential Host Family.
Describe the advantages the family would have hiring you as the Au Pair
Use our searching tool to find families with no gender preference
Keep in mind that Host Families with boys usually look for a “big brother” for their children so the chances might be higher.
Read more information about Au Pair experience in our WIKI.
How can an Au Pair get a visa?
AuPair.com is an online matching agency, therefore this question is beyond our scope of responsibility. But we will do our best to help you nonetheless! Usually the best source of information is the embassy of the host country placed in the Au Pair’s homeland. Requirements vary depending on both the Au Pair’s nationality and the host country, but usually a letter of invitation from the Host Family and a signed contract are needed to start the visa application. Other documents may be different depending on each individual case, and in case of the US, assistance of a local full-service Au Pair agency is also necessary.