Question of the week (issue 55). Lisa from Switzerland is looking forward to her one-year au pair stay in Spain. During this period, she would prefer to keep in touch with her parents and friends via phone. Can she simply continue to use her present mobile phone while staying abroad?
Question of the week (26 September 2011). Claire from Germany is always busy around the clock. She has a full-time job and three children. She has now decided to invite an au pair to assist her. She has many applicants whom she would like to get to know personally. As she cannot invite them all for a personal interview, she wonders whether there are any other alternatives.
Question of the week (15 August). Host mom Ana from Spain is angry about au pair applicants who do not have serious intentions about their au pair employment. Her British au pair changed her mind shortly before her due start date. Ana asks: How can I make sure that I find a "real" au pair who is serious about his/her intention to work for us?
Question of the week (8 August 2011). Host mum Arleen from the UK is unhappy with her Spanish au pair: Mercedes speaks English so poorly that Arleen has difficulties explaining various issues to her. Arleen has asked Mercedes to return home to Spain. However, the earliest plane she can catch will leave in three weeks time. This is just too long for Arleen. "What shall I do now?", she wonders.
Question of the week (18 July 2011). Host mother Nicola is surprised by the high demands of some au pairs. She says that her last au pair girl expected a lot but did not do much in return. When financial demands got too high, she dismissed the au pair. How can host families protect themselves from au pairs who consider the au pair placement to be a mere profitable employment - vice versa?
Question of the week (11 July 2011). Lucia, host mother from Italy, is looking for an au pair from England who is willing to stay with them from 12 to 18 months. Lucia has already sent messages to many au pairs. Unfortunately, she has only received very few answers. Now she is asking: "What can I do to change this situation?"
Question of the week (20 June 2011). Elisabeth applied as an au pair at AuPairWorld. She has already sent out some standard messages. However, she is uncertain about the next step. She has received many positive replies from families, but not from her favourite family yet. How should she proceed in her communication with other families?
Question of the week (6 June 2011). This time, our question of the week is actually a reply. The reply of au pair Monika to our question of the week of 4 April 2011 . We had asked you about your experience with homesickness. Monika knows this feeling quite well. She reveals to other au pairs and host families how you can tackle homesickness.
Question of the week (23 May 2011). This question keeps au pairs and host families occupied: which language should the au pair primarily speak? Au pairs wish to learn the national language of their host country. Host families, on the other hand, wish to learn their au pair's native language. How can you come to an agreement in this context?
Question of the week (16 May 2011). Suddenly, au pair Denise B. finds fewer families in her EasyFind compared to a few days ago. Some families whom she was interested in have completely disappeared. "How come?", Denise asks. "I haven't changed anything in my profile".
Question of the week (28 March 2011). Oliver M. from Austria is searching for a new au pair. He has received many applications through AuPairWorld. Making a choice ist not easy, at all. His question to AuPairWorld: Have you had any exceptionally good experiences with au pairs from particular countries: Which nationalities would you recommend?
Question of the week (3 January 2011). Irene C. from New Zealand feels uncertain: her child is suffering from Down's Syndrome, a mild intellectual disability. How is this disability to be assessed? Does Irene have to answer the question concerning disabilities with "yes" or "no" while creating her profile and if so -- which consequences will this have?
Question of the week (13 December 2010). Host mother Isobel C. from England broke away from her au pair sooner than originally planned. Reason: Although the au pair possessed a driving licence, she had no driving experience. Her question: How can I protect myself from choosing the "wrong" au pair next time?
Question of the week (22 November 2010). During her stay in England, Zuzana from the Czech Republic realised that being an au pair was not the right thing for her. However, she did not want to cause her kind host family any trouble. Thus, she wondered what she should do.