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.
Origins of Au Pairs Becomes Barometer in Labor Market
“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.