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Au pair nannies are different from regular nannies in that they come from another country. Au pairs come to work in American homes to gain a cultural experience, as well as work experience. While the nanny salaries for au pairs are much cheaper per week, usually around $150.00, the fees to get the au pair to the United States can be high. In many cases, au pair nannies are trained to come work in American homes, and therefore the family who selects an au pair has to pay higher fees due to the training program. In addition, a host family must provide private living quarters, such as a bedroom and bathroom, a safe car, and two weeks paid vacation. The au pair will work up to 45 hours a week in exchange for the room and board, car privileges, and vacation time. The fees for such an au pair program can run as high as five or six thousand dollars, so it takes a considerable amount of money to take part in this type of child care program. Are Au Pair Nannies for You? Many families elect to hire au pair nannies as opposed to American live-in nannies because of the cultural learning experience that both sides can benefit from, nanny and children included. If you have young children, perhaps you want to expose them to other cultures, and an au pair from another country can provide just that. Au pairs are proficient in conversational English, so they can communicate with you and your children without problems. Many parents ask their au pair to speak to their very young children in the language that they are fluent in, such as French or Italian. Au pairs work around your schedule, and they are able to drive your children to and from school, or to other activities. Keep in mind that an au pair has a legal visa to work in the United States for one year, upon which time she will have to return home to her country. If you are worried about your children getting attached, you may prefer to hire a nanny who is from America and will commit to long-term employment., London, United Kingdom, W2 1AH