We decided to create a sort of “dictionary” to simplify not au pairs and new au pairs that maybe don’t know all the vocabularies commonly used, reading our blog.
AU PAIR = person whose age is between 18 and 30 year old, not married and without children, that decides to spend a certain amount of time abroad living with a Host Family. During its stay, the new member of the family has to take care of the kids and perform some light housekeeping works.
HOST KID(S) = they are the kids the au pair is going to take care during its stay. It can be shortened with HK.
HOST FAMILY = foreign family that is going to host the au pair during its stay. It can be shortened with HF.
AuPairRoom = Is AuPairCare’s online application through which the au pair creates its profile, gets in touch with the families and finds information about its stay.
INTERVIEW(S) = Skype calls with a potential host family are called this way.
MATCH = Is called match the moment an au pair decides to accept a host family invitation of spending a year with them.
PRE-MATCH = you do a pre-match when an au pair meets an host family on a free website and they agree to sign up with an agency authorized by the government.
REMATCH = process in which you search for a new host family due to unsolvable problems with the one we are currently living.
AREA DIRECTOR/ LOCAL CHILDCARE COORDINATOR (LCC) = Is your contact in America. If there are problems you contact it hoping to get some advices to solve them. It also take care of the monthly meeting with all the au pairs in the area to help the integration.
HOMESICK = Is when you miss your home. It usually happens that in the first months an au pair is sad because she misses her routine and her family.
REPEAT-AU PAIR = Is a family that ended her program and after a year or two decides to participate again in the program.
AuPairCare = Is one of the many Au pair Agencies. It can be shortened with APC
CULTURAL CARE = Is one of the many Au pair Agencies. It can be shortened with CC
AU PAIR IN AMERICA = Is one of the many Au pair Agencies. It can be shortened with APIA
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