Frequently asked questions.

The au pair will usually want to accompany you to your church to begin with. You will have told her about your church in the interview. But if your church does not have many young people, for example, she might want to join a more suitable church for her spiritual connections in the neighbourhood.

Yes, the au pair expects that taking a spiritual interest in your children is part of the mission.

All of our au pairs have a drivers License which allows them to drive in the USA. They have some experience of driving with children. You will need to pay the car insurance.

You will be supported monthly by a local representative, as will your au pair. You can contact CHI at any time and also ourselves for practical or spiritual matters.

All of the medical and other insurances are covered in your annual fee, as is the cost of flights and transit to your local airport.

This depends very much on the time of year as availability is at its greatest in January or the summer. But we have young ladies available most months. Our regular families plan several months ahead to get the best options. We help new families to plan subsequent au pairs carefully.

We use Skype or Zoom to do our interviews. Zoom is becoming the preferred and easier option. We encourage a first interview with the host parents, and a second with the children (if appropriate). A third interview helps everyone to feel reassured. Most families and au pairs get a sense of God’s confirmation during this process.

Au pairs are generally non-resident aliens, and therefore their host families would be exempt from paying federal unemployment taxes on their au pair wages.

In addition to all of the usual checks – medical, educational, childcare, character – we contact their pastor, minister or youth leader, the one that knows them best. We pay attention to their church attendance and how much they are involved in the life of the church.

We expect a good level of English from all of our au pairs. Most of them are extremely fluent and well-educated.

All of our au pairs go through a two-week training programme online. This is in addition to the 200 hours of verifiable experience which they are required to have.