In today’s Wall Street Journal there is a great article about Au Pair in America. It discusses the increase in Western European au pairs in the past year.
“As job opportunities shrink in Europe, the minimum $132.64 per week, plus room, board and tuition reimbursement that the au pair program guarantees looks increasingly appealing. A desire for adventure and what some call the “Obama factor” also is a lure for young Europeans, says Ms. Ferry. In March, nearly half of all of Au Pair in America’s applications came from Western Europe, compared with about a third in the same period last year.”
The British au pair and her host family featured in the article are in a nearby cluster in Northern VA.