I have been visiting Japan for two weeks already! Oops, before, I know, it will be time for me to return back to the U.S.
But I have been talking face to face or over the phone, SKYPE with many prospective au pairs. It is good to know that the au pair program in the US is getting popularity among Japanese people now.
Why Japanese people think the au pair program in the US is attractive?
Because they think au pair can give them an opportunity to live in the U.S. for at least 1 year with least amount of money compare to other ways of coming to the U.S.
Of course, people who are interested in the au pair program like associating with children and some of them have already been working as childcare professionals.
So, how do they found out about the au pair program? I try to ask this question to each single person I had communicated with.
They said they found out about the au pair program in the U.S. by surfing the net and coincidentally the word ” Au Pair” popped up on their computer screen. Without the power of internet, they would not know anything about the program.
Unlike Europe or North America, the word Au Pair is not familiar with Japanese nationals. So, the Japanese nationals do not directly type the word au pair through search engines, instead, they put related words such as home stay, or working holiday in the U.S. (even though US doesn’t have working holiday program), then they somehow found out about au pair.
Many of them who sent inquiries to our office just found out about the US Au Pair program. So, I hope within few years the word au pair will be more popular. I will do my best to promote the au pair program in the U.S.