Au Pair Job Available with American Family in Kaiserslautern
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Amer in Germany seeks energetic & experienced aupair
- Our Family
- 2 Children
- Ages 4 yr; 2 yr
- No pets
- Will not accept smokers
- Is a single female employer
- Job Highlights
- Female candidates only
- 3yrs experience required
- 40 to 45 hours/week
- English is required
- Driver's license required
- Car is available
- Infant care required
- References available
- Pay is Negotiable/wk
Family's Introduction to Au Pair
We need the extra pair of loving hands for our girls since we just moved to the Kaiserslautern area from the Stuttgart/Pforzheim/Heidelberg area, where we lived for the past 12 years. Since I am kind of a "single parent," I'm still unpacking and get settled as a newly-single parent in a new area and without their father in the picture. We try to Skype every week. He may come back for a week sporadically, but nothing yet is scheduled.
About us: I am from southern Indiana, and my husband is from Columbus, OH, although he is a "miltary brat" and lived outside of Savannah, GA; Ft. Sill, OK; Ft. Knox, KY; and many others. My undergrad degree was earned at a private women's college in Columbia, MO called Stephens College. My husband's undergrad was at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Sophia is so sweet, getting her personality, just passed her 17-month birthday, getting more of a personality and is learning to talk. Vivianna is a lively 4 year old girl, going on 7 or 8. I work full time in marketing. Both daughters attend preschool/daycare 3 days per week. (The au pair would drive to drop off/pick up on these 3 days.)
We are friendly, speak English, and welcome someone with lots of patience, love and understanding. Since "daddy is now always gone", tantrums are sure to happen since there will not be "enough of me" to give solid attention between 2 kids, work, housework, and getting settled from a house move.
I'm an aerobics and yoga instructor, so I try to live a healthy lifestyle--but do love my chocolate, baking "cutcapes" as my 4 yr old calls them, and a good bottle of wine at dinner. I love to cook, but welcome someone who would like to introduce their favorite dishes as well. I am Christian; my husband and eldest daughter have been baptised Greek Orthodox. We don't actively go to church, though.
My husband speaks German fluently. I speak basic German and know a little Spanish. All of my neighbors are German, but they speak good English. My preschooler knows some basic German, French and Spanish, but I welcome other languages to be learned for us all. She is also is in ballet, tap and soccer.
Please read the "Interview" section, but remember I tried to keep my answers brief and to the point. Especially read the "daily routine" section and see upfront if it's something you can do--I'd hate for you to come on board and be surprised about anything... If you want me to email you the interview, please let me know that as well.
We are a very happy and welcoming family, and I will only want an au pair that is the same.
I have 3 jobs to announce and interview for (if you are American and need to leave under the 90-day tourist status): 1) mid-April, but could start early May thru July (potentially filled) 2) July thru Aug/Sept (potentially filled) 3) Aug/Sep thru Oct/Nov/mid-Dec (potentially filled) 4) (new!) Jan - Mar 2014 (we just got word that we will not leave Germany until most likely March of 2014. (JOB OPEN)
*I CANNOT have anyone from an EU country due to military installation pass regulations. Sorry!!!
My husband will be in the states training for a deployment to Afghanistan in 2013. I work full time in the Kaiserslautern area in marketing. Since he will only be in the states and then deployed, I have checked "single parent."
I want a happy, bubbly, positive person, adventurous, fun-loving (like we are!). You must have a background in either education/teaching/camp counseling, strong organizational skills, a solid up-bringing, an easy-going personality, a lot of patience, confidence and class. Preferably, you should have a basic knowledge of German and hopefully have traveled abroad before so there is not a big culture shock. ***Having previous European driving experience is a huge plus since I'll have you drive my car!!!
--My ideal candidate is one that was looking to gain experience by helping me out around the house and by being with our girls. The extra pair of hands is the main reason I'm getting an aupair that will give the kind of QUALITY attention they need.
--During the week I would have the au pair help get the kids up, dressed and ready in the morning so we all can get out the door on time. I would have her take/pick-up the girls 3 days per week to the American preschool/daycare. I am also considering putting the preschooler into the German system on those "off" days for the language. The au pair would have a morning routine, "off" mid-morning to late afternoon, pick up the girls from school, and then assist in the evening routine.
--I need the au pair to take the initiative, jump right in, and take care of what needs to be done. (For example, if sweaters and shoes are on the steps, don't walk by them--put them where they need to go.) I need one who doesn't mind to do light housework at least 4 days of the week: laundry, vacuum, help make food for kids, help feed the 1 yr old, get dinner started sometimes, clean up after dinner, load/unload dishwasher, keep kids room and toys picked up in house. Once a routine is learned, then I should not have to constantly ask for things to be done--that is what "becoming part of the family" is all about----everyone pitching in and doing their share. I'm a list-maker and usually always have a list going for home projects, groceries, or basic to do lists for the day or evening! ;)
-- I will need assistance in getting the girls ready for bed in the evening, such as reading stories, puzzles, bath time, brushing teeth, et al. My husband and I alternate every other night which child to spend the most time with getting to bed.
--Sunday would always be a day "off". Your middays during the week would be mostly free, outside of a few daily tasks to help me keep the home running smoothly. Saturday late afternoon/evening/night free, Sunday free, maybe Monday free if you are traveling, so we could switch your days off during that week. (I am a great resource w/ lots of books and tips on traveling since we've lived in Germany 12 years and traveled extensively--mainly prior to kids ;) I sometimes have to do things in the evening or a Fri/Sat night for work, being that I'm in Marketing & Entertainment. Usually no more than 2 times per month. So the occasional evening by yourself with the girls might need to happen.
--I do not mind someone who is looking to travel sporadically by using our place as a launch-pad, making a little spending money over 3 months. I want someone who wants the "experience" of being here and who is not afraid to take the initiative with her environment, aka take the initiative and travel on your own by bus, by train, by plane and feel comfortable since I won't have time to always travel with you.
All is negotiable based on hours preferred, personal goals, local rates, etc.
- Job Availability
- May 2013 - Jan 2014
- From 3 - 3 months
- Seeking Live In
|Weekly Pay||Negotiable||Response Rate||72%|
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|Infant care||Special needs care||Elderly care|
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- We Require
- Female candidates only
- 3yrs experience required
- Candidates that live within any distance
- Valid drivers license
- Spoken English is required
- Infant care
- Light housekeeping
- We Prefer
- No Age Preference
- 12 or more years of education
- No couples
- We Speak