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Recruitment countries

Cultural Care Au Pair recruits au pairs from over 20 countries worldwide. In each of these countries, we have Cultural Care staff members in established offices overseeing recruitment for each au pair, rather than outsourcing this process to third-party agents.

Currently, we recruit au pairs from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

We encourage host families to be open-minded about an au pair’s home country—a candidate’s childcare experience, personality and interests are what matters most. However, if you prefer to be matched with au pairs from specific countries we will do our best to accommodate your requests. Please note that if you wish to host an au pair from a country that is not listed, we may still be able to help. Please call 1-800-333-6056 for more information.

Click below to learn about some general cultural trends within our recruitment countries.

While each of these countries has its own culture, heritage and traits, there are a few commonalities to keep in mind as you consider au pairs from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia or Mexico.

Family:

  • Generally family-oriented and relationships are highly valued
  • Want to be welcomed as part of the family

Childcare

  • Generally affectionate and comfortable with children
  • Experienced in babysitting
  • Tend to fit well with more laid back families who want their children to receive lots of love

Scheduling:

  • Generally have a more laid back, less rigid culture
  • Tend to do well in less structured households

Communication:

  • Enjoy communicating and will want to chat about their day
  • Are fairly non-confrontational and will hesitate to raise issues thinking it could hurt feelings

Age:

  • Average age 21-24 years old
  • Tend to travel as an au pair in the middle of their university courses

Driving:

  • Tend not to have their own car at home
  • Will be less accustomed to the large cars and highways found in the U.S.
  • Typically need time to adapt to driving in the U.S.

** Please note that these are generalities and every individual is unique. Families are strongly encouraged to review each candidate on his/her own merits and application which includes the au pair profile, the DISC personality profile, childcare experiences, and all references to understand each au pair’s individual characteristics.

Family:

  • Can be very family-oriented but are more independent than their American peers
  • Will want to be welcomed as part of a family but also value their social lives

Childcare:

  • Generally have a good amount of babysitting experience
  • Some are certified in childcare in lieu of university and will have classroom or daycare experience

Scheduling:

  • Generally fit well with families who have a flexible schedule and spontaneous lifestyle; can also adapt to a very scheduled family

Communication:

  • Tend to be engaging and friendly and enjoy connecting with their host family
  • Usually not direct with complaints or problems so it’s important to check in with how they are feeling

Age:

  • Average age 18-20 years old
  • Tend to travel in a gap year between high school and post-secondary school

Driving:

  • Driver’s license process is rigorous
  • Common to get their own car at an early age
  • Accustomed to driving on the left side of the road so will need time to acclimate to the U.S. rules of driving on the right

** Please note that these are generalities and every individual is unique. Families are strongly encouraged to review each candidate on his/her own merits and application which includes the au pair profile, the DISC personality profile, childcare experiences, and all references to understand each au pair’s individual characteristics.

While each of these countries has its own culture, heritage and traits, there are a few commonalities to keep in mind as you consider Austrian, German or Swiss au pairs.

Family:

  • Generally grow up in smaller families with 1-2 children and working parents
  • Tend to be independent because it is common to move away from home to attend school or work

Childcare:

  • Have a mix of experience including babysitting and interning at kindergartens and daycares
  • Experience with infants is less common due to longer maternity leaves
  • Raised to have respect for parents so fit well with families whose children have rules and structure

Scheduling:  

  • Value order and punctuality
  • Tend to fit well with families who keep a stricter schedule and not as well with families with very last minute planning

Communication:

  • Prefer direct communication; less inclined to engage in “small talk”
  • If they are struggling with something, they will usually let you know

Age:

  • Average age 18-20 years old
  • Tend to travel in a gap year between high school and university

Driving:

  • Process of obtaining a driver’s license is among the most rigorous in the world
  • Upon receiving a driver’s license they have had significant hours of driving practice

** Please note that these are generalities and every individual is unique. Families are strongly encouraged to review each candidate on his/her own merits and application which includes the au pair profile, the DISC personality profile, childcare experiences, and all references to understand each au pair’s individual characteristics.

While each Asian country has its own culture, heritage and traits, there are a few commonalities to keep in mind as you consider Chinese or Thai au pairs.

Family: 

  • Value family relationships with an emphasis on respect for parents
  • Used to living in a home environment and will want to have a harmonious relationship with host parents
  • Will almost always defer to a parental figure

Childcare:

  • Primarily have babysitting experience, typically with 1-2 children at a time
  • Will be very committed to the task and are typically open to caring for a larger number of children

Scheduling:

  • Generally flexible to the family’s needs

Communication:

  • “Saving face” is important so they may struggle with any feelings of failure
  • Concerned with doing a good job; they will try to avoid conflict or complaining
  • Important to help them open up and feel supported if they are struggling

Age:

  • Average age 22-26 years old
  • Usually travel after their education is complete

Driving:

  • Typically get driver’s licenses later
  • May need patience and support as they get used to the bigger American cars and roads

** Please note that these are generalities and every individual is unique. Families are strongly encouraged to review each candidate on his/her own merits and application which includes the au pair profile, the DISC personality profile, childcare experiences, and all references to understand each au pair’s individual characteristics. 

While each of these eastern European countries has its own culture, heritage and traits, there are a few commonalities to keep in mind as you consider Estonian, Polish or Czech au pairs.

Family:

  • Generally grow up in smaller families with 1-2 children and working parents
  • Tend to be independent because it is common to move away from home to attend school or work

Childcare:

  • Have a mix of experience including babysitting and interning at kindergartens and daycares
  • Raised to have respect for parents so fit well with families whose children have rules and structure

Scheduling:

  • Value order and punctuality
  • Tend to fit well with families who keep a stricter schedule and not as well with families with very last minute planning

Communication:

  • Prefer direct communication; less inclined to engage in “small talk”
  • If they are struggling with something, they will usually let you know

Age:

  • Average age 20-24 years old
  • Tend to travel after they complete their education

Driving:

  • Drivers’ courses can be rigorous and the process to get a driver’s license involves significant hours of driving
  • It is not unusual for young people to have their own car

** Please note that these are generalities and every individual is unique. Families are strongly encouraged to review each candidate on his/her own merits and application which includes the au pair profile, the DISC personality profile, childcare experiences, and all references to understand each au pair’s individual characteristics.

While each of the Scandinavian countries has its own culture, heritage and traits, there are a few commonalities to keep in mind as you consider Danish, Finnish, Nordic or Swedish au pairs.

Family:

  • Generally grow up in smaller families with 1-2 children and working parents
  • Tend to move away from home to attend school or work so are more independent

Childcare:

  • Have a mix of experience including babysitting and interning at kindergartens and daycares
  • Experience with infants is less common due to longer maternity leaves

Scheduling:

  • Generally fit well with families who have a flexible schedule and spontaneous lifestyle, but can also adapt to a very scheduled family

Communication:

  • Friendly upon meeting people but true friendships take time to develop
  • Tend to be adverse to conflicts and may need help to open up if something is bothering them

Age:

  • Average age 18-20 years old
  • Tend to travel in a gap year between high school and university

Driving:

  • Process of obtaining a driver’s license is among the most rigorous in the world
  • Upon receiving a driver’s license they have had significant hours of driving practice

** Please note that these are generalities and every individual is unique. Families are strongly encouraged to review each candidate on his/her own merits and application which includes the au pair profile, the DISC personality profile, childcare experiences, and all references to understand each au pair’s individual characteristics.

Family:

  • Generally grew up in smaller families with 1-2 children and working parents
  • Tend to move away from home to attend school or work so are more independent

Childcare:

  • Have a mix of experience including babysitting and interning at kindergartens and daycares
  • Experience with infants is less common due to longer maternity leaves

Scheduling:

  • Generally have a more flexible sense of time and are not as structured as some European cultures are

Communication:

  • Prefer direct communication; less inclined to engage in “small talk”
  • If they are struggling with something, they will usually let you know

Age:

  • Average age 20-23 years old
  • Tend to travel after their education is complete

Driving:

  • While public transportation is more common, it is not unusual for French young people to have their own car and/or drive several times per week

** Please note that these are generalities and every individual is unique. Families are strongly encouraged to review each candidate on his/her own merits and application which includes the au pair profile, the DISC personality profile, childcare experiences, and all references to understand each au pair’s individual characteristics.

While each of these countries has its own culture, heritage and traits, there are a few commonalities to keep in mind as you consider Irish or English au pairs.

• Family:

  • Can be very family-oriented but are more independent than their American peers
  • Will want to be welcomed as part of a family but also value their social lives

Childcare:

  • Tend to have a good amount of babysitting experience
  • Some also obtain internships in a classroom or daycare setting

Scheduling:

  • Generally fit well with families who have a flexible schedule and spontaneous lifestyle, but can also adapt to a very scheduled family

Communication:

  • Tend to be engaging and friendly and enjoy connecting with their host family
  • Usually not direct with complaints or problems so it’s important to check in with how they are feeling

Age:

  • Average age 20-22 years old
  • Typically travel after completing their education

Driving:

  • Driver’s license process is rigorous
  • Common to get their own car at an early age
  • Accustomed to driving on the left side of the road so will need time to acclimate to the U.S. rules of driving on the right

** Please note that these are generalities and every individual is unique. Families are strongly encouraged to review each candidate on his/her own merits and application which includes the au pair profile, the DISC personality profile, childcare experiences, and all references to understand each au pair’s individual characteristics.

Family:

  • Generally family-oriented and relationships are highly valued
  • Want to be welcomed as part of the family and fit best with families who want to integrate their au pair into the family

Childcare:

  • Generally affectionate and comfortable with children
  • Experienced in babysitting
  • Tend to fit well with more laid back families who want their children to receive lots of love

Scheduling:

  • Generally have a more laid back, less rigid culture
  • Tend to do well in less structured households

Communication:

  • Enjoy communicating and will want to chat about their day
  • Won’t be overly hesitant to raise concerns

Age:

  • Average age 18-26 years old

Driving:

  • Obtain their licenses at age 18 and do tend to have experience driving
  • Many do get their own car

** Please note that these are generalities and every individual is unique. Families are strongly encouraged to review each candidate on his/her own merits and application which includes the au pair profile, the DISC personality profile, childcare experiences, and all references to understand each au pair’s individual characteristics. 

Family:

  • Generally family-oriented and relationships are highly valued
  • Want to be welcomed as part of the family and fit well in families who want to integrate their au pair into the family

Childcare:

  • Tend to have a good amount of babysitting experience
  • Typically have experience caring for multiple children
  • Some also have experience interning in daycares or kindergartens

Scheduling:

  • Generally fit well with families who have a flexible schedule and spontaneous lifestyle, but can also adapt to a very scheduled family

Communication:

  • Tend to be engaging and friendly and enjoy connecting with their host family
  • Usually not direct with complaints or problems so it’s important to check in with how they are feeling

Age:

  • Average age 20-24 years old
  • Typically travel after completing their education

Driving:

  • Generally have several years of driving experience
  • Accustomed to driving on the left side of the road so will need time to acclimate to the U.S. rules of driving on the right

** Please note that these are generalities and every individual is unique. Families are strongly encouraged to review each candidate on his/her own merits and application which includes the au pair profile, the DISC personality profile, childcare experiences, and all references to understand each au pair’s individual characteristics.