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Honolulu – Tropical Paradise for Au Pairs

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

hawaii2 Do you want to live where most Americans only dream they could live? Islands ranging from a tropical climate, to snow skiing on the Big Islands 14 thousand foot peaks, Hawaii is one of the most ecologically diverse places in the world and seems too good to be true! If steady warm weather and only 90 rainy days per year is what you prefer, Honolulu is for you!


You have six beautiful islands to hawaii12explore. Each inhabited island has a different pace and culture, ranging from the city life of Honolulu on Oahu, to the largely native culture on Molokai. Where else in the United States can you both swim in warm water, snow ski and visit a volcano all in one day?


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Honolulu offers a wide range of land and water based activities including sports, swimming, surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, and even snow skiing or snowboarding.  A popular magazine named Honolulu the “fittest” city in the United States. The city offers year round activities such as Great Aloha Run, Honolulu Marathon, and Honolulu Triathlon.


Although Honolulu has no professional sports teams, it does have three venues for spectator sports such as baseball, basketball and volleyball at: Les Murakami Stadium, Neal Blaisdell Center Arena, Stan Sheriff Center and Aloha Stadium.

Howhawaii beach about a relaxing day at the beach? Waikiki is a beachfront neighborhood of Honolulu, located on the south shore of the island of Oahu. It was once a retreat only for Hawaiian royalty in the 1800’s. Today, the area is filled with large resort hotels and hosts many events each year, including surf competitions, outdoor performances, hula dancing and outrigger canoe races.


Help the kids find Nemo at Waikiki Aquarium! Listen for the extremely vocal Common Mynah bird at Foster Botanical garden, Lili’uokalani Botanical Garden, or Walker Estate!



How about a day with your host family visiting the Honolulu Zoo? There are over 1,230 animals to see! Afterward, take a ride on Waikiki Trolley to see the sites throughout Waikiki, Honolulu and East Oahu; or plan to stay for a Snooze at the Zoo. Yes, they schedule overnight camping with activities – imagine the sounds of the animals during the night!


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Do you like natural history? The Bishop Museum displays the state’s largest collection of natural history specimens and the world’s largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific culture artifacts.


Head to the Ke’anae Arboretum and botanical garden, to see the most colorful and unique trees on the planet. The bark of the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree changes color as it sheds, so no two are ever alike and each is constantly changing. You can drive along the Hana Highway west of Maui to see them or visit the arboretum for free.


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If shopping is your passion then you are in for a treat! Ala Moana in Honolulu is the largest mall in Hawaii and the 7th largest shopping mall in the United States with a total area of 2,100,000 square feet! Make sure you wear your walking shoes!


Diamond Head Theater is dubbed the “Broadway of the Pacific” and is the oldest performing arts center where music lovers go to enjoy live theater.


hawaii8Honolulu Museum of Art is the largest of its kind in the state, with over 50,000 works of art and is housed in First Hawaiian Center, the tallest building in Hawaii. You can enjoy two cafés, gardens, films and concerts at the theater as well as take a studio art class or workshop. Some events and certain days offer free admission to all.


Want to work on a language? The Hawaii Japanese School – Rainbow Gakuen holds its classes in Kaimuki Middle School in Honolulu, serving overseas Japanese nationals. In addition, Honolulu has other weekend programs for the Japanese, Chinese, and Spanish languages.



No matter what you love to do, it’s impossible not to have fun here and create life long memories with your new host family! Come see what Honolulu has to offer!


For more information about the GreatAuPair J-1 visa program, visit Families can call 800-604-2507 to speak with a GreatAuPair representative.  Au pairs can call 1-512-360-0499, or contact us on skype at

Washington, DC: Au pairs love our nation’s capital!

Thursday, August 25, 2016


WA 1If you love gorgeous rivers and forests, awe-inspiring historical monuments, and vibrant metropolitan culture, then the Washington, DC area is where you want to be.


There is no shortage of things to do with children any time of year, not to mention a diverse range of leisure and nightlife activities for young adults.  The greater metropolitan area consists of downtown Washington DC, which is surrounded by several cities, including Arlington, VA, and Bethesda, MD.


WA 2One of the most popular attractions in the DC area is the Smithsonian Institute.  With 19 museums that cover a wide range of subjects from art to space exploration, you are bound to find something exciting for both you and the kids.  Keep in mind that most of these museums are HUGE, so plan on spending a couple of hours at each.



WA 3Spectacular national monuments spread throughout the city are a “must see” when visiting the nation’s capital.  Some of the most popular sites include the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the Jefferson Memorial.  A great way to see the monuments is to take a guided tour.  You will learn many interesting facts about US history, and be free from having to navigate congested city traffic.


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Another great choice for a daytime activity is to visit the three houses of government, the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and the Supreme Court.  These are all impressive feats of architecture and offer an informative window into the history of the nation.



WA 5Ready to take a break from the hustle and bustle of urban life?  Take a day trip to Great Falls Park and enjoy a variety of outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, cycling, and horseback riding.  Bring the children for a fun-filled adventure, or enjoy some free time and decompress surrounded by the majestic beauty of nature.


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Georgetown, Washington DC’s historic waterfront, is a great place to visit during the day or evening. If you love to shop, then you will be in paradise.  The streets are lined with a large variety of retail shops and restaurants of every nationality. Weekends can get pretty busy in Georgetown, so be sure to make a dinner reservation if possible.


The sites above barely scratch the surface of all the fun and amazing things to do in the Washington DC area.  It is a highly recommended city for au pairs due to its rich cultural diversity and huge variety of entertainment, culture, education, and leisure activities.  Complete your application today to start your journey.  You may find yourself in this amazing city before you know it!


For more information about the GreatAuPair J-1 visa program, visit Families can call 800-604-2507 to speak with a GreatAuPair representative.  Au pairs can call 1-512-360-0499, or contact us on skype at

Can I still work in other countries if I’m over 30?

Friday, May 17, 2013

If you’re over 30, and dream of working in another country, your visa options may be limited. However, there is still a chance of success.

Most childcare visa programs are limited to au pairs who are age 30 or below.  Every country has different age limits for their designated visa programs which can be found on the GreatAuPair visa page.

There are other work opportunities outside of the au pair visa program that may be an option for you.  Some countries have student visa programs without age limits.  However, you are required to attend University classes and work just part-time in a family’s home.  There are no restrictions to the type of work you do as a student, so look for jobs as a part-time tutor, language instructor, caregiver, housekeeper, or personal assistant. Be sure to check with the Consulate to inquire about the restrictions and make sure you’re not breaking any rules. For example, if you’re an American interested in studying in Italy, contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the US for the most up to date student visa information.

There are a number of jobs available in Canada, where there are no age limits as long as you have experience either caring for children or seniors.  If you’re interested in immigrating to Canada, the Live-in Caregiver visa will allow you to become a permanent resident after you have worked three years on this visa program.

Greece and New Zealand have programs for candidates up to age 35. You can work as an au pair in Greece until you’re 35. New Zealand accepts 35 year olds into their working holiday programs and into their BUNAC student visa programs. Look for work/study and BUNAC study visas for your home country. Some of these are restricted by age, so, make sure to do some research before setting your sights on working in that special country.

Look into special arrangements between your country and other locations. There is a Japan-Philippine Economic partnership agreement that allows qualified nurses and certified caseworkers to live and work in Japan for 3-4 years after they complete Japanese language training.

Some countries have work permits that allow you to work at any age with family sponsorship.  These open work permits are available in Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt.

Look for places where you could go to teach English as a second language. China is looking for English speakers so they’ve recently launched a number of programs. Type “China embassy” in your search engine to find links to programs available in your country.  US citizens can click here.

If you want to teach English in a foreign country, you will need to be sponsored by a company, rather than an individual host family. GreatAuPair only works with individual host families.  However, we wanted you to know that there are ways to work outside of your home country if you’re willing to get creative and do some research.

Teachers, nurses, occupational therapists and sometimes senior care providers can also find jobs in almost any country as long as they are licensed and submit applications to schools, hospitals and senior care companies. While you may not find these jobs through GreatAuPair, you can take the experience you earned working abroad or at home and expand your search to find these positions.

Start your search by looking into your visa options first.  We don’t want you wasting your time looking for jobs in countries where you’re ineligible to work.

We wish you the best of luck on your search!

Due Diligence Before Hiring

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

So you’ve finally found your perfect candidate- what’s next?

Candidates on GreatAuPair are not pre-screened outside of the nationwide background check that is offered to US candidates acheter viagra. Therefore, it’s important that you take the time to find out as much as possible before committing to hiring your next au pair, nanny, caregiver, tutor, housekeeper, pet sitter or personal assistant.

Before you read any further, are you sure the candidate you’ve chosen can legally work in your country? We highly recommend checking out our visa pages here. Click on your country and find out what type of visa or work permit is required. Some countries have age limits for candidates looking to relocate to your country. The last thing you need is an unwanted surprise when you find out your chosen candidate is not eligible for a visa, or has been deported because he/she entered the country to try and work on a tourist visa. Be sure to double-check everything with the Embassy directly as the laws and regulations can change without notice.

Let’s assume that your candidate qualifies for your country’s visa program. Perfect! Now dust off your magnifying glass and get ready to investigate!

Here are some suggestions for a thorough check on your chosen candidate to protect yourself and your family:

  • References

Ask for at least two non-family references, preferably families he/she has worked for. If your candidate does not have a lot of caregiver experience, don’t worry! You can ask for a reference from a former teacher, employer, youth pastor, or even the neighbor they’ve known since they were a toddler! You’ll want full contact details for each of the references to include full name and a phone number. If a phone number isn’t available, an email address can work too. Subscribed families can download our reference interview questionnaire from the Support link Resources column to assist you in interviewing the references. You can find it here.

Don’t have time to check references? We can do it for you if your candidate is a US or Canadian citizen. We have a reference report available for purchase on the GreatAuPair website. After ordering, a member of our Customer Support staff will call and interview up to 3 of the candidate’s references directly. We will then deliver the reference report right to your email address upon completion! You can order a Reference Check here.


  • Interview

Make sure the candidate has completed the in-depth interview in their profile. Since every family has different needs, be sure to customize your interview questions to fit your unique job requirements to avoid any surprises. This would be the perfect time to ask if she’s allergic to your precious pup Fido, or what types of activities she images/plans/anticipates doing with your children. It’s also great to schedule a phone or Skype chat to go over the interview together, if you are unable to have a face to face meeting.

  • Background Check

If you’re hiring a U.S. candidate, we provide a free background checks to candidates, which our paid subscribers can view on the candidates’ profile. This background check includes a US Federal multi-state criminal records check, identity verification using the Social Security number and address history, and a sex offender registry report for all 50 U.S. states.

Well, what if she’s not an American citizen? We’ve still got you covered! You can purchase background checks on our website directly here. However, some of the International reports can become quite pricy, so we recommend asking your candidate to do a little bit of the work themselves! Ask them to go to their local police station to request a letter of clearance. These are usually free and can provide assurance that your candidate has no criminal history so that you’ll have all the protection you need without the extra cost.

Don’t forget to find out about her their driving history, especially if they’ll be in charge of transporting your loved ones! You can purchase U.S. and Canadian Motor Vehicle reports directly from the Subscribe tab or from our “Build Trust” link.

I don’t know about you, but I love having a good old-fashioned search engine do all of the work for me! Google the candidates’ full name to see what you can find. You can also put “his/her name” in quotes to make sure your search results are coming up exactly as you’d like. Review their Facebook account or other social networking websites.  You can learn more about their general attitudes, character and interests from what they post online to friends, then what may be apparent during your interviews.

  • Complaints

When families have a bad experience with a candidate, we urge them to post a complaint on the candidate’s profile. The au pair has the opportunity to share their side of the story as well. Be sure to check your candidates profile to see if any complaints have been posted against them. You can find the Complaints link in the “Stats” section of their profile. If you see a number listed there click on it to read the complaint in full.

  • Contracts

Contracts are a great way to make sure everyone is in agreement on job duties, salary, scheduled work days/hours and benefits. It’s important to document the agreements made during the interview and screening process.  So, a detailed contract can help reduce/ or eliminate misunderstandings based on assumptions and protect both families and candidates. Writing and reviewing a contract together provides a great opportunity to get the important stuff out of the way! You can download our sample contract from the Support Resources link, Be sure to include things like: overtime pay and a termination clause for both the family and candidate, if things do not work out in the first 30 days of the au pair’s stay.

  • Tips for a Successful Relationship

Be sure to read our tips for First time families and Tips for a Successful Relationship at the bottom of our “How to hire” page. There is additional information in our resource document “How to Hire the Right Caregiver.”

That should just about cover it! After you’ve worked through our checklist, you should sleep easy knowing that you’ve done your part in protecting yourself and are on your way to hiring the perfect candidate for your family! We can’t wait to hear all about your success!


Book Your Holiday Babysitter Now!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Help!! If you are anything like me, you may be panicking right now, trying to find the unfindable toy or present for the holidays. For me it’s the Video Barbie that has me pulling every strand of hair out of my hand each time I hear, “Sorry, ma’am, we are sold out of those.”

While we can’t help you find the perfect gifts here at GreatAupair, we can offer you access to find qualified, trustworthy care providers so you don’t have to worry about your loved ones while you are out there finishing up those final holiday chores.

GreatAupair offers nannies, babysitters, housekeepers, pet sitters, senior-care providers, tutors, and personal assistants in every state in America, as well as throughout the world, ready and available to help you out during this hectic holiday season.

And don’t forget about New Year’s Eve, probably one of the hardest nights of the year to find a dependable babysitter. GreatAupair has the help you want where you need it right now. The perfect care provider may live right down the street from you, so browse through our profiles today, and be the first mom on the block to get your New Year’s Eve babysitter lined up and another task crossed off your holiday to-do list.