Press releases

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  • AuPairWorld says:

    Kassel, Germany (December 2017). The persons who register at AuPairWorld, the leading agency for au pairs and host families on the Internet, have clear goals in mind. AuPairWorld does everything it can to help them realise these goals – and says "Thank you!" now to three million registered users.

     

    With its just released video "How Journeys Begin", AuPairWorld shows how all its users are on a journey of self realisation. Au pairs are aiming to learn a new language, to get to know a new culture, and to gain clarity about their further goals and career plans. Host parents are seeking the best possible work-life balance, with good ways to be involved both with their work and with their children. And with each match that takes place on its platform, AuPairWorld is helping individuals achieve these goals together.

    "When AuPairWorld was founded 17 years ago, the initial motivation was personal – namely to have an effective way to find the right au pair for one's own family," explains Ann-Kristin Cohrs, Managing Director AuPairWorld GmbH. "From the beginning until today, we are a company that works for people as they pursue their dreams. And with our new video we also show the people behind the scenes at AuPairWorld who are working each day to spread the word about au pairing, to help make it function as smoothly as possible, and to give everyone the opportunity to realise their goals."

  • AuPairWorld broadens international cooperation network

    From 26 to 29 September, AuPairWorld attended this year’s World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) in Montreal, Canada.

    WYSE Conference in Montreal 2017

    As an Elite Member of The World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation since last year, AuPairWorld took the chance to further broaden its international network. “The annual conference is a great way to get to know people from the industry from all over the world,” says Ann-Kristin Cohrs, Managing Director of AuPairWorld.

    “We are are aiming to expand and diversify our professional network in the youth and educational travel sector so as to be able to make au pairing an even more attractive option for young people. In addition, the basic idea of au pairing as a form of cultural exchange should be promoted and developed in cooperation with WYSE as a strong partner with global reach."

    AuPairWorld has thus welcomed the establishment of the new position Sector Manager Cultural Exchange at WYSE. In this new position, Polina Jones introduced herself to the au pair industry at a round table discussion during the conference in Montreal. "The session was very informative," commented Cohrs. "We're looking forward to further cooperation." 

  • Company trip to Dublin

    AuPairWorld meets with host families and au pairs

    AuPairWorld in Dublin

    Kassel/Dublin (September 2017). In the course of a company trip to Dublin at the beginning of September, 24 employees of AuPairWorld were able to gather much valuable information about the Irish au pairing market. A particularly important source of information was the intensive interaction with customers that took place at two events organised by AuPairWorld for au pairs and host families.

    On Saturday September 2, AuPairWorld invited approximately 40 au pairs to take part in a Dublin city tour followed by a light lunch. The au pairs were accompanied on the tour by AuPairWorld employees who received a great deal of useful input from the au pairs relevant to their user support tasks at the company. "Ireland is an important market for us and Dublin is a popular city for au pairs from around the world," remarked Ann-Kristin Cohrs, managing director of AuPairWorld. "Our invitation to take part in a city tour was very well received. The au pairs had the chance not only to learn something about the city but also to get to know each other and to make new contacts."

    While the city tour was taking place, AuPairWorld also invited several Irish host families and their children to a breakfast meeting at the Gibson Hotel. This was also an occasion for AuPairWorld to find out directly about the wishes, needs and concerns of its customers. "We spent a very pleasant and interesting morning with our host families with very intensive talks," reported Cohrs. "This direct exchange with customers is a great experience for both sides, and of course provides us as a company with important insights on how we can improve our services to better meet the needs of our customers."

  • AuPairWorld is regionally outstanding

    IHK-Wettbewerb „We do digital“

    Kassel, 1. June 2017. A frequently cited slogan – the „Wirtschaft 4.0“. In order to make it tangible, the IHKs started the nationwide "WE DO DIGITAL" campaign. The regional and nationwide winners have now been announced: in the IHK district of Kassel-Marburg, AuPairWorld is one of the four regional winners. „We are very pleased about this award“, tells Managing Director Ann-Kristin Cohrs. „AuPairWorld has been online since 1999 and has since then shaped the way au pairs and host families from all over the world search for and find each other". Unfortunately during the final decision, AuPairWorld could not prevail against the strong the ideas and stories of the strong competitors. Cohrs took this sportingly and congratulated the regional victors for their success: "We wish them a great celebration in Berlin". The ten nationwide winners are being introduced at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance Summit in Berlin on the 15th June. 

    Further information about the competition can be found on IHK Kassel and under WE DO DIGITAL.

  • Major au pair Meeting in Frankfurt: More than 90 au pairs from 30 different countries joined us to share their experiences

    Kassel, Germany (September 2016). AuPairWorld, the world's leading online au pair agency, hosted an au pair meeting on Sunday, 18 September in Frankfurt. The event was held at a historic Frankfurt rowing club on the banks of the river Main.

    Au pair convention in Frankfurt

    More than 90 au pairs from 30 different countries joined our au pair meet-up to get in touch with other au pairs and to share their experiences. Many of them were based in Frankfurt or the Rhine-Main area, while others came from more remote parts of the country, such as Coblenz and Munich. The meet-up aimed at offering au pairs a type of platform, which would allow them to exchange their personal au pair experiences and to establish new contacts. AuPairWorld's Managing Director Ann-Kristin Cohrs commented: “We are delighted to witness the strong interest and eager exchange among our participants. More than 30 different nations have joined us in Frankfurt in order to get to know each other and to simply have fun together. We all had a great time and this was most definitely not our last au pair meeting in Frankfurt.”

    About AuPairWorld

    AuPairWorld is the worldwide leading au pair agency on the Internet. Around 80,000 au pair placements around the globe are organised every year through the AuPairWorld platform, which was founded in 1999. AuPairWorld offers au pairs and host families a safe and well-established opportunity to gather all relevant information on the main and basic idea of au pairing, to get in touch with each other and to finally come to an agreement. In addition to its exclusively web-based services, AuPairWorld offers its customers a comprehensive email and phone support in five different languages. 

    Currently, 30 permanently employed inhouse team members of two companies dedicate their expertise and efforts to this particular form of cultural exchange. AuPairWorld is operated by the AuPairWorld GmbH based in Kassel, Germany. www.aupairworld.com

    Press Contact

    Eva Liebehentze
    PR Consultant

    Email: press@aupairworld.com
    Phone: +49 561 / 47 396 304

    AuPairWorld Local Services GmbH & Co. KG PR and Marketing
    Ludwig-Erhard-Straße 12
    34131 Kassel
    Germany

  • World's leading online au pair agency joins WYSE as Elite Member

    Kassel, Germany (August 2016). New cooperation should help to promote au pairing as a unique form of cultural exchange. AuPairWorld, the world's leading online au pair agency with headquarters in Kassel, Germany, has become an Elite Member of the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSE) as of 25 July 2016.

    Logo WYSEThe WYSE is a global not-for-profit membership organisation active in the field of youth and educational travel. With more than 600 members from 120 countries, the confederation is the largest association of this type worldwide.

    Through its membership in the WYSE Travel Confederation, AuPairWorld is aiming to expand and diversify its professional network in the youth and educational travel sector so as to be able to make au pairing an even more attractive option for young people and families. In addition, the basic idea of au pairing as a form of cultural exchange should be promoted and developed in cooperation with WYSE as a strong partner with global reach.

    AuPairWorld Managing Director Ann-Kristin Cohrs commented: "We would like to continue to support the many young people that use our services as they organise a stay abroad so that this can be an unforgettable experience. This is exactly what WYSE is committed to promoting, which makes our membership in the largest global network of this type an important step for our company."

    AuPairWorld will have its first official appearance at a WYSE event at the Confederation's annual meeting at the end of September, which will be held this year in Belgrade.

    About the World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation

    The WYSE is a global not-for-profit membership organisation active in the field of youth and educational travel. Its principal goal is to strengthen the global community and improve international understanding by promoting youth and educational travel. With 600 members from more than 120 countries, WYSE is the largest association of this type in the world. Members include companies involved in youth and student travel, au pair agencies and language schools. Collectively WYSE members serve approximately 30 million young travellers each year. www.wysetc.org

    About AuPairWorld

    AuPairWorld is the world's leading online au pair agency. An estimated 80,000 au pairs stays are arranged through AuPairWorld's services each year. In addition to providing its users the possibility of finding a suitable au pair or host family simply, safely and directly, the company also provides comprehensive customer service in five languages. Approximately 30 full-time employees in two companies are dedicated to this special form of cultural exchange. The AuPairWorld website is operated by AuPairWorld GmbH with headquarters in Kassel, Germany. www.aupairworld.com

    Press contact

    Eva Liebehentze
    PR Referent

    Email: press@aupairworld.com
    Telephone: +49 561 / 47 396 304

    AuPairWorld Local Services GmbH & Co. KG PR and Marketing
    Ludwig-Erhard-Straße 12
    34131 Kassel
    Germany

  • Management Changes at AuPairWorld

    Kassel, Germany (June 2016). Changes are being made in the top management of AuPairWorld, the world‘s leading Internet-based au pair agency. Effective 31 May 2016, company founder Uwe Regenbogen is giving up his responsibilities in the company to dedicate himself to new challenges.

    Already at the beginning of 2013, Regenbogen passed on management responsibility at AuPairWorld GmbH to two new managing directors, Heike Fischer and Ann-Kristin Cohrs. Now comes the next step with Regenbogen‘s resignation as managing director of the sister company AuPairWorld Local Services GmbH & Co. KG and the naming of Andreas Freund as this company‘s new managing director. With this second step, Uwe Regenbogen is saying farewell to the au pair industry.

    In 1999 Regenbogen had a vision: “My goal was to make self-matching the standard for au pairs and host families so that each of these groups could have a wider range of choices with less expense. To make this work, people needed trust and security. With clear and transparent rules for the au pair stay, thoroughly checked profiles and excellent customer service we have been able to give our customers the trust and security they desire. And this finally is what has made us the market leader in the field today.”

    Heike Fischer has an optimistic view of the company‘s future: “AuPairWorld is on the right track. Today any young person or family can search for and find a host family or an au pair at www.aupairworld.com – simply, safely and inexpensively. With our first-rate staff and our experienced management team we are well positioned to successfully handle the challenges we‘ll be facing in the future.”

    Ann-Kristin Cohrs has this to add: “Our aim is to confirm the trust customers have in the company in everything that we do each day so that more and more people can directly experience the benefits of the au pair idea. Our customers are our ambassadors. In the coming years we‘ll be looking forward to developing many new services and products to help au pairs and host families with all aspects of the au pair stay as well as to entering into new markets.”


    Ann-Kristin Cohrs (34) is an accredited translator and has a Master‘s degree in German as a foreign language. Cohrs has been with AuPairWorld since 2007 and has been responsible for web content and customer support as managing director since 2013. She has two young children and will soon have an au pair at home as well.

    Heike Fischer (40) has a degree in business management. She has been with AuPairWorld since 2009 and has been responsible for business affairs, administration and software development as managing director since 2013.

    Andreas Freund (50) has extensive experience in marketing and communication in international business in various industries. Prior to assuming his new position as managing director, he was responsible for marketing and communication at AuPairWorld.

  • Au-pair for one year: One day with the winner family

    (22. April 2015) Sorry, this press release is only available in German.

    Au-pair Chiara und ihre Gastfamilie. Alle Fotos: Lands' End.

    Abendessen mit Gastfamilie und Geschichte vorlesen. Fotos: Lands' End

  • AuPairWorld named “Hessen-Champion 2014”

    Wiesbaden/Kassel (30 October 2014). AuPairWorld, the world's leading au pair agency in the Internet with headquarters in Kassel, Germany, has received top honours in a business competition sponsored by the Hessian State Ministry for Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development. 

    Directors Regenbogen and Schell proudly receiving the Hessen Champion Award 2014 in Wiesbaden, Germany

    With a population of over six million residents, Hesse is Germany's fifth largest state and home to the international banking metropolis Frankfurt. On 28 October 2014 at the Hessian Entrepreneur Day, it was announced that the AuPairWorld would receive the first prize in the category “World Market Leader” in the 2014 “Hessen-Champion” Innovation and Growth Competition. The prize was given to company founder and CEO Uwe Regenbogen before an audience of more than 1,000 guests by Hessian Minister President Volker Bouffier together with Hessian Economics Minister Tarek Al-Wazir and Wolf Matthias Mang, president of the Hessian Federation of Enterprise Associations.

    Volker Bouffier: "The company from North Hesse has truly revolutionised its industry"

    After many weeks of suspenseful waiting, AuPairWorld could finally celebrate as it received a coveted first-place award in the 2014 “Hessen-Champion” competition. Volker Bouffier conferred the first-prize honours in the category “World Market Leader” to AuPairWorld's managing directors with the following words: “The company from North Hesse has truly revolutionised its industry and provided it with a real leap forward in efficiency and transparency.”

    The Kassel-based company has a worldwide market share of 65 percent and offers dramatic proof that pioneering entrepreneurial spirit in the Internet is not only to be found in Silicone Valley. The award offers dramatic confirmation of the international success the company has enjoyed in recent years. CEO Uwe Regenbogen accepted the award with enthusiasm: “This is terrific! For us, and by that I mean our great staff and our customers around the world, this is recognition of our successful work over the last several years. We are very pleased and very proud to have the title Hessen-Champion 2014.”

    AuPairWorld, the world's leading au pair agency in the Internet

    In September AuPairWorld celebrated its 15th anniversary. Since its founding in 1999, more than two million persons have registered with AuPairWorld. 2013 was the company's best year ever, with 375,000 host families and au pairs registering from over 193 countries. 86 percent of the registered host families and 78 percent of the registered au pairs came from Europe. The online au pair agency is distinguished by its high quality and safety standards and its continuous double-digit growth over the last several years. AuPairWorld is moving from one success to the next and bringing the au pair concept from Kassel, Germany, to countries and communities around the world.

    The Hessen-Champion 2014 Award

    For the 14th time, a jury made up of leading representatives from business, politics and the media brought together by the Hessian State Ministry for Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development and the Hessian Federation of Enterprise Associations has awarded prizes to the top Hessian companies in three categories: leading companies in creating jobs, in developing new innovations, or in being the world market leader in a given industry.

    About AuPairWorld

    AuPairWorld is the world's leading au pair agency on the Internet. It gives users the possibility to find a host family or an au pair directly and independently. Since its founding in 1999, more than 2 million persons have registered at the site. AuPairWorld is operated by a.n.d. Internet Services GmbH & Co. KG and has its headquarters in Kassel, Germany. The company employs 22 full-time employees. 

  • 15 years' AuPairWorld: “Celebrating the au pair experience together with all those who would like to join us in continuing to popularise au pairing!”

    Kassel (18 September 2014). Promoting au pairing and communicating its manifold benefits as a combined form of child care and cultural exchange to the world at large has always been the goal of AuPairWorld – today the world's leading au pair agency on the Internet. In September 2014, the website www.aupair-world.net is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

    This provided an ideal occasion for Uwe Regenbogen, company founder and operator of the website, to celebrate the birthday of the successful company together with employees, partners and numerous representatives from the au pair industry in Kassel, Germany, where the AuPairWorld has its headquarters. The party took place on September 5 under a motto articulated by Regenbogen: “We're celebrating the au pair experience together with all those who would like to join us in continuing to popularise au pairing.” A 12-time host father himself, Regenbogen had also made sure to invite his family's first au pair to the celebration, who was happy to be in attendance.

    AuPairWorld celebrates the 15th birthday of the successful company together with employees, partners and numerous representatives from the au pair industry in Kassel.

    Altogether more than 100 guests, who had accompanied the firm on its successful path to market leadership, came to the Kassel Schlosshotel to celebrate AuPairWorld's 15th anniversary. It was a friendly, familial sort of evening with lively conversations, a diverse program with something for everyone both big and small, and great food, music and dancing. The guests, who included many au pair insurance providers and partner agencies, used their time in North Hesse to celebrate, to exchange views and also to become a little better acquainted with the city of Kassel.

    Attendees at the party also had the chance to see the premiere of the new AuPairWorld video – profiling the two millionth user to register on the website, a host family from Lucca, Italy. AuPairWorld visited the family recently together with a film team and shot footage for the video. Just three years previously, the one millionth host family from Simancas in Spain had registered on AuPairWorld. Naturally the question arose: When will the three millionth user be registering at AuPairWorld?

    A photo gallery from the party can be viewed.  As a further feature of the anniversary month's celebrations, AuPairWorld has also invited its users to participate in an exciting contest to win a range of great prizes for both au pairs and host families. You can take part in the selection of the winners and vote for your favourite entries from around the world by liking their photo entries. 


    AuPairWorld

    AuPairWorld is the world's leading au pair agency on the Internet. It gives users the possibility to find a host family or an au pair directly and independently. The business model: Au pairs and host families from around the world have the chance to create a profile and search for suitable candidates – without any intermediary, directly via the Internet. Since its founding in 1999, more than 2 million persons have registered at the site. AuPairWorld is operated by a.n.d. Internet Services GmbH & Co. KG and has its headquarters in Kassel, Germany. The company employs 20 full-time employees. 

  • An au pair for one year

    Kassel (9 September 2014).  Sorry! This press release is only available in German.

  • AuPairWorld's record growth shows the increasing popularity of au pair stays in Germany

    Kassel (28th April 2014). Over the 2013 financial year, AuPairWorld, the leading Internet-based au pair placement agency worldwide, has seen exceptional growth rates in the number of registrations by both au pairs and host families. Not only are au pair stays becoming more and more popular worldwide, but also in the Germany, where the company has its headquarters.

    A total of 375,000 au pairs and host families from all over the world registered with AuPairWorld in 2013, an increase of 43% from the previous year.

    The advantages of arranging an au pair stay through AuPairWorld include the flexibility, the cost-effectivesness and the simplicity provided by the website. These factors are certainly contributing to the growing popularity of au pairing in Germany.

    In 2013, Germany saw a solid 21% growth in the number of registered host families (with 8,000 new host families registering on the site), and a 16% growth in the number of registered au pairs (with 26,790 new au pair registrations). Germany continues to be among the top 10 most attractive host countries for au pairs worldwide.

    It is also interesting to see that 78% of the au pairs who registerd with AuPairWorld in 2013 came from countries in either the European Union (EU) or the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA). Those wanting to au pair in Germany predominantly came from either Spain, Italy, France, the USA or Great Britain; coincidentally the same countries as the year before. 

    Uwe Regenbogen, the CEO of AuPairWorld commented, "We are of course very pleased to see that the popularity of au pairing is not only growing around the world but also in our home market Germany. We'll continue to do everything we can to meet the needs of both families with young children as well as of young people, as they embark on their au pair adventures."

    About AuPairWorld

    AuPairWorld is the worldwide leading au pair agency on the Internet, which gives users the opportunity to find their au pair or host family directly and independently. Since its foundation in 1999, more than two million people have registered on the website. AuPairWorld is operated by a.n.d. Internet Services GmbH & Co. KG (a.n.d) located in Kassel, Germany. The company has 25 employees. 

  • AuPairWorld's 2013 Annual Report announces record growth

    Kassel (3 April 2014). AuPairWorld, the world's leading au pair agency on the Internet, has issued its Annual Report for the 2013 busines year. The report tells a story of exceptional expansion.

    AuPairWorld's combined user base of au pairs and host families grew by 43% in 2013, bringing the cumulative number of registered users at the AuPairWorld website since the company founding in 1999 to 1.8 million. A detailed breakdown and analysis of the registration development for host families and aupairs in the various European and global markets served by AuPairWorld is provided in the report.

    AuPairWorld attracing more and more users in Germany

    In Germany, there was solid growth of 21% for registered host family users (to a total of 8,000) and 16% for registered aupairs (to a total of 26,790). The flexibility, economy and simplicity of au pair placement as provided by AuPairWorld are continuing to attract more and more young people and families in the German market.

    "We're pleased with the popularity in our home market"

    Uwe Regenbogen, CEO of AuPairWorld commented, "Of course, we are very pleased to see that the popularity of au pairing is not only growing around the world but also in our home market of Germany. We'll continue to do everything we can to serve the needs of people who want to take advantage of this great win-win opportunity for families with children and young people setting out on their own." 

    Also featured in the 2013 Annual Report is a look at the newly structured operations of AuPairWorld. The report provides a profile of the three newly constituted operational areas of the growing Internet company and the three managing directors who oversee them. 

    The report's final section is devoted to a brief overview of the company's main strategic objectives for 2014. Continuing AuPairWorld's strong growth will be a central focal point. Current projections indicate that an overall growth target of 15% should be achievable in 2014.

  • Get ready for your au pair adventure

    How would it be to go wandering through picturesque alleyways in an old Italian city, or to join in the celebration at a Spanish fiesta, or to encounter kangaroos in their natural habitat in the Australian Outback or to watch London unfold from the top level of a classic double-decker bus...

    These are things you dream about sometimes? And you also like dealing with children and sharing life in a family? Then our next question comes quite naturally:

    Have you thought about spending time as an au pair?

    Spending a year abroad, getting to know a foreign country and its people, discovering another culture and learning its language like a native speaker – these are wishes that many young people have after they've finished secondary school and are getting ready to take the next step in their lives. You're feeling the same? Or maybe you simply aren't sure what you should do, but think that experiencing a new part of the world and acquiring some independence could be ultra cool? It's very possible that the au pair option might be just the right thing for you.

    What is an au pair anyway?

    The term “au pair” comes from the French and means making an equal exchange. And that's the whole idea behind being an au pair – a family with children invites you as a young person from a foreign country to live with them for a specified period of time as a member of the family. You help out with childcare and household chores and in exchange are integrated into the life of the family, receiving room and board and a set amount of pocket money as well. And there's more besides: you participate in a language course during your au pair time in the foreign country. In the week you have at least one day free and you get paid holiday time as well.

    Quick test: Is being an au pair the right thing for you?

     Are you between 18 and 30 years of age? Would you like to get to know another country? Do you enjoy taking care of children? Do you already have a basic knowledge of a second language and would like to improve your language skills? Is helping out with daily chores in a family household easy for you to imagine and finding a place in a host family something you could really enjoy? If you have given a string of “yes” answers, then an au pair adventure could be the next big thing in your future.

    What do you get from being an au pair?

    here's no better place to really begin to understand and experience the customs and traditions and language of a foreign country than living with a local family. An au pair placement is also a good situation in which to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life – whether you've just finished with school or are taking a break from university studies or from job training. Time spent as an au pair gives you the chance to gain more experience, to acquire new skills as a global citizen and simply to learn more about yourself.

    Long and short of it is: In addition to fulfilling an important role in a family and gathering some unforgettable experiences of a foreign land, you'll also be doing something good for your future job prospects. It's well known – foreign language skills and international experience look good on every CV!

     And how can you become an au pair?

    The entry and visa requirements for au pairs vary from country to country. At www.aupair-world.net you can find out all about the requirements for your preferred country. And you can also register for free and create your own profile to find a suitable host family. If questions come up, the AuPairWorld team is also always on hand to answer questions personally.

    About AuPairWorld

    AuPairWorld is the world's leading au pair agency on the Internet. It gives users the possibility to find a host family or an au pair directly and independently. Since its founding in 1999, more than 1.8 million persons have registered at the site. AuPairWorld is operated by a.n.d. Internet Services GmbH & Co. KG and has its headquarters in Kassel, Germany. The company employs 24 full-time employees. www.aupair-world.net

  • Finding the balance: Managing childcare in a hectic (globalised) world

    We all know that daily life and especially daily family life is not getting simpler from year to year. Jobs take more time, commuting isn't simple, childcare offerings are often expensive and inflexible. What can a modern family with children do to ensure good care for the kids, good moods for the parents and at the same time manage to meet these worthy goals on a budget that doesn't break the bank?

    Host family
     
    The au pair option

    One solution more and more families are turning to is the inclusion of an au pair in their family constellation. This possibility, which got its start in Britain in the 1950s as the traditional upstairs-downstairs system of domestic help became outmoded, has gained a new relevance as young people have become more mobile, the importance of developing global skills from childhood on has become an essential part of good education, and middle class families very often have two working parents who are strapped for time.

    It is, one might argue, a flip side of the globalised stress we all have to cope with. Demands on our time and our capacities are steadily increasing, but in certain respects we also have new resources and possibilities at our disposal.

    What is an au pair (exactly)?

    An au pair is a young person who spends anywhere from a few months to a year or two in a foreign country providing childcare help to a host family, while at the same time acquiring intercultural skills and strengthening language abilities. Great Britain is a particularly attractive country for many au pairs from throughout Europe and around the world because of the possibility it offers to sharpen English skills and to become acquainted with one of the key cultures crucial to acquiring global competence.

    The au pair-host family relationship is a classic win-win combination. Families get in-house child care that is highly flexible and perfectly customised to their individual needs. Au pairs get a chance to test their wings in a friendly family context, taking on new responsiblities while learning about another culture in a challenging (but not too challenging) environment.
     

    The whole arrangement is facilitated through the use of the family model. Au pairs are not seen as employees. They are not nannies making a career out of childcare, but rather young people who take on the role of a big sister or brother in the host family for a defined period of time. They help out with diverse childcare tasks and lend a helping hand in the household (both of which are a godsend to many busy families), but do so as integrated part of the family unit. In return they receive room and board and a set amount of pocket money (usually 70 – 85 GBP per week).

    Take the test: Would an au pair fit for your family?

      Is flexible, at-home childcare a high priority? Would some assistance with light housework also be useful? Are you interested in cultural exchange for your children and the family as a whole? Would a big sister or brother for your kids (for a defined period of time) be something you and your partner and the children could enjoy? Do you have a free room in your home to accommodate an au pair? A string of “yes” answers here could mean that the au pair option is the right one for you.
     

    But where does one find an au pair?

    This is where things have taken a truly interesting turn in recent years. In former times, a family would typically go to a traditional au pair agency that has a catalogue of young people who could serve as potential au pairs. On the basis of interviews with the host family and with the registered au pairs, the agency would propose possible matches charging a hefty sum for its services.

     Now there is a different way to search for an au pair that gives families more control over the process and a far greater range of potential au pairs. Instead of giving this task to a third party middle man, young people and families now make use of well-developed specialty websites to profile themselves and to search for their counterparts. The use of these websites comes at a miniscule fraction of the price demanded by the traditional brick and mortar agencies. Making use of the resources provided by the best of them, families have better chances of getting a full impression of an au pair before the placement and thus finding an au pair that truly fits their family's needs.

    AuPairWorld: A case in point

    One of the pioneer websites in this segment and one genuinely devoted to the au pair ideal of cultural exchange (as opposed to simple matchmaking for profit) is AuPairWorld. Founded by a host family father in Germany in 1999 and developed first as a hobby, next as a family business and in recent years as a successful small Internet start-up, AuPairWorld is exclusively devoted to the au pair segment (and not general care-giving matchmaking like many other sites). It combines a well-informed concern for the needs of au pairs and host families with a professional set of service offerings and backs up its Internet offerings with in-person telephone support from a dedicated staff of professionals.

  • Australia is experiencing a significant au pair boom

    Kassel (16 September 2013). Au pairing in Australia is experiencing a boom. The strong growth rates in registrations on AuPairWorld can be seen in both host families registering to find an au pair as well as au pairs choosing Australia as their preferred destination.

    AuPairWorld is driving a shift in au pairing with the convenience and simplicity of direct connections between host families and au pairs. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Australia where, in the first half of 2013, 3050 Australian families sourced au pairs through AuPairWorld, an increase of more than 50% over the first half of 2012. Australian families are increasingly benefiting from all the advantages of having an au pair including much-needed help with child care as well as introducing their kids to a foreign language and culture.

    The upward trend effects host families and au pairs equally

    And for Australian families, there are plenty of au pairs to be found on AuPairWorld with equally impressive growth in the number of registered au pairs choosing Australia as their preferred destination. In the first half of 2013, AuPairWorld registered 32,130 au pair applicants looking for a host family in Australia (among multiple destination choices). These au pairs mainly come from France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Britain. Australia enjoys a 'favourite' status amongst au pairs from continental Europe, who value the opportunity to improve their English while immersing themselves in the 'down under' culture (and warmer climate).

    About AuPairWorld

    AuPairWorld is the world's leading au pair agency on the Internet and offers the opportunity to search directly and independently for an au pair or a host family. Since the company‘s founding in 1999, more than 1.5 million users have registered on its site. AuPairWorld is operated by a.n.d. Internet Services GmbH & Co. KG (a company based in Kassel, Germany. It employs 24 permanent members of staff.

  • Relaunch: AuPairWorld upgrades to Responsive Web Design

    Kassel (20 June 2013). AuPairWorld, the world's leading au pair agency on the Internet, has relaunched its portal with a new design technology. Making use of Responsive Web Design (RWD), the relaunched site gives all users an optimal viewing experience and accommodates smartphone and tablet users particularly well.

    New Responsive Design of AuPairWorld

    On average the website www.aupair-wold.net receives 1.2 million page views per day. “Most of the au pairs and host families continue to access AuPairWorld in the classic way from their desktop computers at home,” says Uwe Regenbogen, founder of AuPairWorld. “But it's clearly the case that more and more users also want to have the option of making use of our services from mobile devices while on the go.”

    With the new design at AuPairWorld both types of access are possible, as Responsibe Web Design works for all commonly used desktop and mobile devices such as iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and iPad. Responsive Web Design automatically adjusts the display of the website to the accessing device and shows the site in the correct proportions without requiring any special adjustments from the user. “Responsive Web Design is definitely a step in the right direction to continue improving AuPairWorld for our users and make it more and more user friendly,” comments Uwe Regenbogen.

    The company AuPairWorld

    AuPairWorld is the world's leading au pair agency on the Internet. It lets au pairs and host families make contact with each other and arrange au pair placements directly and independently. Since its founding in 1999, more than 1.5 million users have registered on the site and made use of its services. AuPairWorld is operated by a.n.d. Internet Services GmbH & Co. KG and is based in Kassel, Germany. The company has 24 full-time employees. 

  • AuPairWorld: Europe is experiencing a significant au pair boom

    Kassel (21 February 2013). Au pairing is gaining more and more popularity. This trend can particularly be observed within Europe and has significantly marked the financial year 2012 of AuPairWorld, the world's leading au pair agency on the Internet.

    "More and more people in Europe are seeing the advantages of searching for an au pair or a host family using Internet resources“, according to Uwe Regenbogen, founder of AuPairWorld. Along with his 24 members of staff, he is looking back on the most successful year in the almost 14-year-old company‘s history. In 2012, 263,500 au pairs and host families registered on AuPairWorld to find their match using the site's unique resources – an increase of 25 per cent compared with the previous year.

    80 per cent of all registrations are carried out from within Europe

    More than 200,000 au pairs and host families, representing 80 per cent of the total of registrations on AuPairWorld, are from Europe. Uwe Regenbogen knows from his own experience that many host families are searching for au pairs from English speaking countries. "It is very pleasing to see that 10,200 registrations came from au pairs in the UK," he commented. "However, compared to the number of registrations from our European front runners - Spain, France, Germany and Italy, this number is still rather modest. But on the whole, host families have good chances to find their match thanks to the large number of aspiring au pairs.“

    Main countries of the origin of the au pairs registred in 2012

    Spain was the fast climber of the year

    AuPairWorld also tapped a new market in 2012: Spain. With Spanish becoming the sixth language in which the website is available, the number of users increased accordingly. The company was pleased to record a 93 per cent increase in Spanish au pairs and host families registrations compared to the previous year. This makes Spain the fast climber of the year 2012.

    Upward trend continues

    The company‘s turnover also reflects the increasing registration numbers. In 2012, AuPairWorld generated a total annual turnover of 1.7 million euros. This represents an increase of 12 per cent compared with the previous year. This upward trend is continuing in 2013: In the first few weeks of January, more than 1,000 au pairs and host families registered every day.

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    About AuPairWorld

    AuPairWorld is the world's leading au pair agency on the Internet and offers the opportunity to search directly and independently for an au pair or a host family. Since the company‘s founding in 1999, more than 1.4 million users have registered on its site. AuPairWorld is operated by a.n.d. Internet Services GmbH & Co. KG (a.n.d.), a company based in Kassel, Germany. It employs 24 permanent members of staff.

    About the sector

    The au pair sector can be divided into three main segments: traditional agencies, online agencies and other types of intermediaries (private contacts, associations, churches). AuPairWorld does not have any information on official statistics or data concerning the numbers of international placements throughout the entire au pair sector.

  • AuPairWorld launches its website in Spanish

    Kassel (10 October 2012). AuPairWorld, the worldwide leading au pair agency on the Internet continues to grow. In order to comply with the increasing demand of Spanish speaking au pairs and host families, AuPairWorld offers its website from now on also in Spanish.

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    AuPairWorld is the worldwide leading au pair agency on the Internet, offering au pairs and host families since 1999 the possibility to find each other in a direct and independent way. Due to the increasing number of registrations especially from Spain, AuPairWorld has now decided to publish a Spanish version of its website. From the very beginning, the web portal focused on a multilingual service: it started off in English and German. In 2004, French, Italian and Dutch were added to the language options. And as of now, all information and services of AuPairWorld are also available in the universal language Spanish under the domain http://www.aupairworld.com/es. This aroused already considerable interest: within the first 24 hours, AuPairWorld counted more than 200.000 page impressions.

    "We are glad that from now on we can offer our complete service to our numerous Spanish-speaking au pairs and host families in their own language", Uwe Regenbogen, general manager of a.n.d. and operator of AuPairWorld, explains. With about 450 million native speakers in more than 22 countries, Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world. Right after English, Spanish is also the most learned foreign language. "An au pair placement offers the great possibility to get to know the Spanish language and culture. This is certainly one of the reasons why Spain is so popular as a host country among au pairs", Regenbogen says. In the first six months of 2012, an estimated 2,000 au pair placements were carried out in the host country Spain via AuPairWorld.

    User competition "Spanish for all"

    AuPairWorld celebrates the new Spanish website by organising a new competition. Users are asked to explain what they associate with Spain and the Spanish language. In order to participate, they need to send their favourite pictures with a short explanation why this was a special moment for them. The selected pictures will be published on www.aupair-world.net. Among all participants ten users will have the chance to win a Premium Membership. Please consult this page to find further useful information.

    Entries we received for our user competition "Spanish for all"

  • The Silly Walkers team from Kassel made it to the finishing line at the Oxfam Trailwalker

    Kassel/Osterode (13 September 2012). Last weekend, the Silly Walkers, from the AuPairWorld company in Kassel, participated in the German Oxfam Trailwalker for the first time. On Sunday at 12.47 p.m., after hiking for 29 hours and 17 minutes, they succesfully passed the finishing line. 

    Silly Walkers passed the finishing line The team had been training hard for months to be ready for the challenge of walking 100 kilometres in 30 hours for the good cause. The greatest fundraising challenge worldwide took place in Osterode, in the German Harz mountains. No less than 140 teams of four from all over Germany were standing at the starting line on Saturday 8th September, at 7.30 a.m. Among them, the Silly Walkers from AuPairWorld were eager to hit the road as well. Marius Kunze, Clarisse Couchoud, Chantal Quassolo and Jean-Baptiste Richard had laced up their walking shoes, knowing they could count on the help of their supporters, Claire Eckmann and Simon Ehrhardt. 

    The team had to pass a total of nine checkpoints. They did not sleep but kept hiking through the night with headlamps until Sunday. "In spite of our intensive training, we would have never made it without our great team spirit and our iron will", stated Chantal Quassolo. "We were immensely relieved and proud to pass the finishing line all together", Marius Kunze added. "It was a unique experience. I was deeply moved by the dedication of so many to a good cause", Claire Eckmann concluded. 

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    Each team was to collect donations for Oxfam to be allowed at the start. The Silly Walkers from AuPairWorld raised a total amount of 3,242 euros for the charity organisation. The AuPairWorld operating company, a.n.d. Internet Services, contributed as well with a donation of 2,000 euros. In the end, a remarkable total of 372,875 euros was raised at the Oxfam Trailwalker Germany by all participating teams. The donations are invested by Oxfam in charity projects for women and children worldwide. Therefore, the Silly Walkers from AuPairWorld decided to walk under the motto "We 'd go miles for women's rights."

    AuPairWorld has already supported various charity projects worldwide in the past: in 2010, the company committed itself to helping Haiti's and Pakistan's populations by supporting local emergency aid projects; in 2011, a fundraising campaign was organised for the refugee aid in East Africa. This time, the social commitment went hand in hand with a physical challenge.

    About AuPairWorld

    AuPairWorld is the worldwide leading au pair agency on the Internet and offers the possibility to its users to find easily and by themselves an au pair or a host family. Since its foundation in 1999, 1.3 million persons have registered on its site. AuPairWorld is operated by a.n.d. Internet Services GmbH & Co. KG (a.n.d), a company based in Kassel, Germany. It employs 24 persons on a permanent basis. https://www.aupairworld.com

    About the Oxfam Trailwalker

    The Oxfam Trailwalker is organised each year since 2010 in the Osterode area, in the German Harz mountains. Meanwhile, the charity walk has been held 15 times in twelve countries worldwide. It started with the international trailwalker in Hong Kong, in 1986. All donations are invested by Oxfam Germany in charity projects. This year, the participating teams supported women and children in developing southern countries so as to allow them to gain access to health care and education.

  • A donation of 2,000 euros allows a team from Kassel to participate in the Oxfam Trailwalker Germany

    Kassel / Germany (6 September 2012). The AuPairWorld Team is physically at the top for the greatest charity walk worldwide. However, fitness does not alone suffice to be able to take part in the Oxfam Trailwalker Germany, which will take place in the Harz mountains this September.

    The Oxfam Trailwalker Team "AuPairWorld-Silly Walkers" Each team needs to raise a fund of 2,000 euros for Oxfam prior to the event. The donation of 2,000 euros made by a.n.d., the operating company of AuPairWorld, secures participation for the ¨AuPairWorld - Silly Walkers¨ on 7 and 8 September.

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    "It's a great feeling to know that we will be allowed at the start"

    "We are truly glad about the fact that our employer has been supporting and sponsoring us throughout this project", Chantal Quassolo from the team ¨AuPairWorld – Silly Walkers¨ rejoices. Marius Kunze, her team colleague, adds: "It is great to know that we will now truly be allowed at the start". Hiking 100 kilometres in 30 hours for the good cause – the team has been training for this event throughout the past few months. However, the focus has not only been on training, but also on fundraising.

    Interim result: 3,240 euros for a just world without poverty

    Our private sponsors have already donated more than one thousand euros. Furthermore, the international team whipped up its most delicious cakes for a bake sale in Kassel. Together with its employer's donation, 3,240 euros could be raised so far. The money will be donated to Oxfam. The organisation will use it for relief projects for girls and women worldwide. Therefore, the ¨AuPairWorld - Silly Walkers¨ will be participating along the lines ¨We 'd go miles for women's rights.¨

    In 2012, social commitment goes hand in hand with physical performance for AuPairWorld. AuPairWorld has frequently donated for social projects worldwide: in 2010 for a relief project in Haiti and another one in Pakistan, and in 2011 for the aid to refugees in East Africa. This time, social engagement goes hand in hand with physical fitness. Naturally, donations are still more than welcome.
    You can follow the walk on Livestream

    About AuPairWorld

    AuPairWorld is the worldwide leading au pair agency on the Internet and offers the possibility to its users to directly and self-determinedly find an au pair or a host family. Since its foundation in 1999, 1,3 million persons have registered on its site. AuPairWorld is operated by a.n.d. Internet Services GmbH & Co. KG (a.n.d), a company based in Kassel, Germany. It employs 24 persons on a permanent basis. www.aupair-world.net

    About the Oxfam Trailwalker

    The Oxfam Trailwalker is the worlwide greatest charity walk for international educational projects organised by the independent aid and development organisation Oxfam. Oxfam provides emergency relief in crisis situations and supports people in poor countries. By organising the Oxfam Trailwalker, the organisation wishes to set an example: every participant commits to a just world without poverty. Thus, the 100 kilometre walk through the Harz mountains is a physical challenge, a team event and a charity walk at the same time – and, according to the organiser, ¨the most exciting trekking tour in the world¨! It will take place on 8 and 9 September 2012, for the third time, starting from Osterode in the Harz mountains. Donations are always invested in charitable projects: This year, they will be used for projects supporting girls and women in South Africa, Benin, Congo, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. 

  • Walking for the good cause: Support our AuPairWorld - Silly Walkers!

    Kassel (3 August 2012). Along the lines: „We'd go miles for women's rights“, four of our team members will be tackling the Oxfam Trailwalker challenge in September. By participating in the 100 kilometre team challenge for charity, they will support children and women.

    The AuPairWorld Silly - Walker Team For AuPairWorld, social commitment is primarily linked to physical fitness in 2012: our ten runners only returned from the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt in June, but our next team is already getting prepared for the charity walk in the Harz mountains.

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    Oxfam Trailwalker: A great physical challenge

    A team of four members of AuPairWorld will be at the start at the Oxfam Trailwalker team challenge in Germany on 8 and 9 September. The route begins and ends in Osterode, in the Harz mountains. Among other places, the participants will discover UNESCO's cultural heritage "Oberharzer Wasserregal" (a system created for the storage and diversion of water, which was built between the 16th and 19th Century). The aim of the Oxfam Trailwalker team challenge is to walk or run 100 kilometres in 30 hours. This is a great physical challenge: six of our team members - the AuPairWorld - Silly Walkers – have been training for this purpose every Sunday for many weeks now. Two of them will be supporting our runners throughout the entire challenge, ensuring their well-being.

    Raising a fund of 2,000 euros

    Physical performance is not the only aspect of the Oxfam Trailwalker challenge: the most important facet is donating for the good cause. The funds raised will directly go to Oxfam and be invested in relief projects for children and women. Until September, the team must have raised 2,000 euros for Oxfam. The funds are a requirement for being admitted to the start. The first donations have been made; the countdown is on.

    Larger and smaller contributions: we gladly welcome new sponsors

    Therefore, the AuPairWorld - Silly Walkers need sponsors to support them. Both, larger, as well as smaller donations are welcome – our team will gladly accept any kind of contribution. Simply take a look at the Oxfam team page and search for the AuPairWorld - Silly Walkers. Get to know them on their team page and support them with just a few clicks. If you wish, you will obtain a valid receipt for your donation and be mentioned as our sponsor on the Oxfam team page and the AuPairWorld website.

    We shall keep you informed on our team page

    On our team page, you will find out how our participants are getting fit and how much money has been raised so far. Naturally, we will also keep you posted on the event of 8 and 9 September: Will the Silly Walkers attain their goal?

    About AuPairWorld

    AuPairWorld is the world leader of the au pair agencies on the Internet and offers the opportunity to its users to directly and independently find an au pair or a host family. Since AuPairWorld was founded in 1999, more than a million persons have registered on its site. AuPairWorld is owned and run by a.n.d. Internet Services GmbH & Co. KG (a.n.d.), a company located in Kassel, Germany. The company employs 24 persons. www.aupair-world.net

    More about the Oxfam Trailwalker team challenge

    The Oxfam Trailwalker team challenge is the worldwide biggest charity walk for international educational projects. It is organised by the independent relief and development organisation Oxfam. Oxfam provides assistance in crisis situations worldwide and helps people in poorer countries. Through the Oxfam Trailwalker challenge, the organisation wishes to set an example: every participant contributes to building a just world without poverty. Thus, the 100 kilometre race through the Harz mountains is a physical challenge, a team experience and a charity walk all in one – and additionally, according to the host, "the most exciting trekking tour in the world!" On 8 and 9 September 2012, it will take place for the third time in the Harz mountains, starting in Osterode. The funds are always invested in a charitable project. This year, they will be used for projects supporting children and women in South Africa, Benin and Congo, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

  • More and more au pairs wish to go to Germany

    Kassel (26 July 2012). AuPairWorld publishes figures of the first two quarters of 2012 – Germany continues to be a very popular host country for au pairs.

    Au pair with children

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    AuPairWorld, the worldwide leading au pair agency on the Internet from Kassel, records an increasing number of host families and au pairs who register on its website. Germany belongs to the top host countries when it comes to registrations. This applies to German host families, as well as to au pairs who wish to go to Germany.

    “Au pairing, which includes childcare as well as cultural exchange, is still very popular in Germany”, Uwe Regenbogen discloses. He is the CEO of a.n.d, the operating company of AuPairWorld. A comparison between figures of the first two quarters of 2011 and 2012 reveals a plus of six per cent in the number of registered host families from Germany. At the same time, the number of registered au pairs who wish to go to Germany increased by eleven per cent.

    Uwe Regenbogen continues: “For a couple of years, Germany has been one of the most important host countries for au pairs. The number of registered au pairs heading for Germany doubled in the period from 2008 to 2011 alone, reaching 20,700.” According to Uwe Regenbogen, most of the au pairs who are interested in Germany as host country come from Spain, Italy, France, Great Britain and Poland.

    The online market leader also registered an increase in overall registrations. In 2011, 162,000 au pairs and 49,000 host families from all over the world registered at AuPairWorld, which at the same time meant a record in registrations compared to the previous years.

    About AuPairWorld

    AuPairWorld is the worldwide leading au pair agency on the Internet. By using AuPairWorld, users have the opportunity to find their au pair or host family directly and independently. Since its foundation in 1999, more than one million people have registered on its website. AuPairWorld is operated by a.n.d. Internet Services GmbH & Co. KG (a.n.d) located in Kassel, Germany. The company has 25 employees. 

  • J.P.Morgan 2012

    Kassel (13 July 2012). This press release is only available in German. But have a look at our news. Here you will find more information about the participation of the ten team members of AuPairWorld at the J.P. Morgan Challenge.   

    The ten team members of AuPairWorld
     

     

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