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From 2005, it has become much easier for Chinese students to obtain a
visa to study or participate on student exchange programs in the USA. An
increasingly popular option for Chinese girls is to participate in an
au-pair program for one year in the USA. It is a great opportunity to
learn English and to get to know an American family and their way of
life.

Opportunities exist to work as an au pair in Shanghai, often for an
expatriate European family. It is inexpensive to hire a maid who will
help with childcare and it is common for wealthier families to do so,
but local maids will often not speak any English and many families
prefer an au pair who can speak their native language.The au pair will
be your employee and as such will require a Z-visa in order to work
legally in China(see the Employment Visas section), or you can also
choose to let the agency/family help you get the F (Exchange visa) or
X2(student) visa.

To qualify, applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 26. Applicants
must provide two childcare references, one character reference, a
medical report and a police clearance report. In addition, applicants
must be interviewed in English, complete a personality profile test and
show proof of secondary school education.

An au pair is in charge of taking care of the children. He or she will
get food and accommodation provided by the family free of charge, and a
small allowance in addition (sort of pocket money). The family must also
allow the au pair time off. During time off, the au pair is free to
pursue his or her own interests, for example learning a foreign
language. Au pairs are not professional child minders and will not have
professional childcare qualifications. As such, they should not be
responsible for children under 2 years of age. There are no set
conditions, although candidates are likely to be EU citizens between the
age of 18 and 27 and are more commonly female than male.

After first arriving in the US, the au pair organization will organize
an orientation and training program. During this, au pairs learn Child
Development for Newborns through Age 12, Communicating with Children,
Age-Appropriate Activities, culture shock and Insurance, J-1 Visas and
Program Regulation. In addition, au pairs will also learn the following
items regarding children safety: First Aid, CPR and Rescue Breathing,
Accident Prevention Awareness and car, Fire, Toy, Indoor and Outdoor
Safety.

What the au pair must know

Au-pairs spend up to 45 hours per week of caring for the children,
including preparing meals and packing lunches, bathing, cleaning play
area, children’s laundry and making beds. Au pairs are also expected to
clean up after themselves and behave as an extended member of the host
family. It must be emphasized that au-pairs are not cleaners, they are
treated as an extended member of the host family. Other than picking up
after the children, preparing snacks, lunches, children’s laundry and
performing regular chores, it is not acceptable for the au pair to clean
the entire house, do the family laundry or to regularly prepare meals
for the entire family. Au pairs always have their own bedroom.

She will have to take care of the children, i.e.:

A Driver’s license is not a requirement of an au-pair in the USA, but
almost all host families require that their au pair be a safe and
experienced driver. If you are a good driver, it will be easier for you
to find a host family. In most American cities it is necessary to drive.

speak the same language, at least well enough to understand and
communicate with them

Au pairs on J-1 Exchange Visitor visa must complete 6 credit hours at an
accredited educational institution, which is typically English tuition.

be sure they get up on time; dress the children/ensure the children
dress themselves

Au-pairs are paid about $140 per week plus room, board and up to $500
toward 6 credits at an accredited educational institution. They au-pair
organization will also purchase medical insurance for the girl. The
au-pair program lasts for 1 year. An extension option is available for
an additional 6, 9 or 12 months if agreed upon by the au pair and the
host family. Extensions must also be approved by the U.S. Department of
State

take them to school/nursery/activity classes

After the au pair successfully completes their time with their host
family, au pairs may stay in the United States on the J-1 visa for 1
more month of travel. Au pairs may not work during the travel period. Au
pairs may travel freely within the United States. If traveling out of
the United States with the host family, the au pair must research and
comply with the specific visa rules and regulations of the destination
country prior to departure. An au pair must carry her/his DS2019 form at
all times.

play with them

Girls from other parts of Asia have been going to the USA as au-pairs
for many years now. It has proved to be an exciting new way to learn a
new language and a foreign culture. This activity is an increasing trend
in China now.

be in charge of their meals

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金沙澳门官网手机版Au Pair in Shanghai。tidy up their rooms

be free to baby-sit them if needed, some evenings

What the family has to do

The family should be prepared to welcome the au pair into the family,
remembering that she is not an employee but a home help for the
children. Therefore they will make sure that:

the au pair has her own bedroom

金沙澳门官网手机版Au Pair in Shanghai。that the au pair works a maximum of 25-35 hours per week She should have
at least 2 days (2 x 24 hours) off during the week

they understand that having an au pair is not the same as employing a
full time maid. She can be asked to do some housework, particularly in
relation to the children, but should not be expected to do all of the
washing up, cleaning and laundry for the family

medical insurance should be provided to cover the au pair in case of
sickness or accident

the family pays an allowance (pocket money) each week

金沙澳门官网手机版Au Pair in Shanghai。It may be wise to register the au pair with the family GP upon her
arrival. Her possessions should also be added to the family’s the house
insurance policy.

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