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 7 yr; 4 yr
- No pets
- Will not accept smokers
- Is not a single employer
- Job Highlights
- Female candidates only
- 3yrs experience required
- 40 to 45 hours/week
- Driver's license required
- Car is available
- 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 moved to the Kaiserslautern area 3 yrs ago from the Stuttgart/ Pforzheim /Heidelberg area, where we lived for the past 14 years.
About us: I am from southern Indiana, and my husband is from Columbus, OH, although he is a "military 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. I work full time in Marketing;he is Active Duty and is in HR.
The girls: Sophia is so sweet, getting her personality, just had her 4-yr birthday. She loves to dance and will most likely be on stage some day. She is potty trained, but accidents do happen. Vivianna is a lively 6 year old girl, "going on 8 or 10". Very gifted mentally and physically. She loves soccer, gymnastics, hip hop, ballet and tapand now tennis.
Both daughters attend school/daycare 5 days per week. Vivi has kindergarten 7:55am-2:30pm. The au pair will pick up Vivi 1st and then drive to the other base to pick up Sophia, taking them to an vtivity or bringing them home. I want the girls to have a balance of socialization with other kids and learned instruction/activity. Plus, it's just nice to let them be in their jammies, have "breakfast for dinner", have tutu tea parties around the house after a busy week with pockets of "home time". My last au pair conducted swim lessons with them sometimes together or on alternating days, took them to dance, gymnastics and soccer.
We are friendly, speak English, and welcome someone with lots of patience, love and understanding. Since there is never "enough of me" to go around, tantrums happen.
I'm a yoga instructor, so I try to live a healthy lifestyle--but do love my chocolate, baking "cutcapes" as my 6 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. You DO need to know how to cook and follow directions on a recipe. I've had Au pairs that could not, and I wasted lots of money on ruined food from the inability to follow the simplest of recipes. You need to know how to provide balanced meals for the children as we try to instill healthy habits--not sneak fixing them mach n' cheese and hot dogs every day because it is easy--for you.
I am Christian, but probably more "spiritual". 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. Both girls know some basic German, French and Spanish, so I welcome other languages to be learned.
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 how much work you would be expected to do... Au pair work IS work. I have had a few girls interview well, be good the 1st few weeks, and then 'check out" of the situation bec they didn't realize it was "work". Very frustrating situation for us as parents, and a complete disservice to the kids. I've also had gals who have come back and done a 2nd session with us, and it's worked out great.
We are a very happy and welcoming family, and I will only want an Au pair that is the same.
I will only interview Americans, Canadians, or any non-EU citizen* as they need to leave under the 90-day tourist status, aka Schengen Agreement, and per military installation pass rules.
*(I CANNOT have anyone from an EU country due to military sponsorship regulations. Sorry!)
My husband returned from a deployment to Afghanistan Sep 2013. While he is still Active Duty, I work full time as a Civilian for the military as well in the Kaiserslautern area as the region marketing manager, and he has begun working full time in Kaiserslautern as well. We have been in Germany 14 yrs.
I want a happy, bubbly, positive person, adventurous, fun-loving (like I am!). 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 you will be required to drive my car; therefore, you must have a valid US driver's license with a clean record AND get an International dirver's license to do this job.
--My ideal candidate is one that is looking to gain experience by helping me out around the house, taking them to/fr school and activities and by simply being a positive influence 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, breakfast in the morning so we all can get out the door on time. I would have her drive to pick up the kids from part-day preschool and 1st grade, 5 days/wk, give snack, play and/or take them to activities (dance, soccer, gymnastics). Parents take kids to school.
--In the morning, the Au pair can go to the gym, library, coffee shop, and would pick from the morning, preps snacks and activity bags, and prep/make dinner. Activities are Mon-Wed-Thurs for now. Fri can be a pool, movie or zoo afternoon.
--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 every day of the week since we all are contributing to the mess allover: laundry, vacuum, help make food for kids, get dinner started, clean up after dinner, load/unload dishwasher, keep kids room and toys picked up in rooms and around the house. Once a routine is learned, then I should not have to constantly ask for things to be done, like a favor--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 might need assistance in getting the girls ready for bed in the evening, such as reading stories, puzzles, bath time, brushing teeth, et al if my husband is unavailable. Some Weds due to his soccer practice.
--Free time: you would have small pockets of free time during the day to plan trips (2-3 hrs in the morning, 1-2 hrs in the afternoon). There's of course a few daily tasks to help me keep the home running smoothly throughout the day, such as continual pick up after yourself and kids when ending a craft project, bkfst/lunch/snack time, etc. Saturday and Sunday are typically free. And maybe Monday or Friday, if it's a holiday and one of the parents are off of work to take care of the kids.
--Since my husband has come back from us living apart for 1 year, it's important that we have a date night once per week. I sometimes have to do things in the evening or a Fri/Sat night for work, being that I'm in Marketing & Entertainment--never more than 1x/mo. That said, the occasional evening by yourself with the girls will need to happen 1x every 2wks--the day of the week varies.
--I do not mind someone who is looking to travel on the weekends, making a little spending money over 3 months, but not let it get in the way with WHY you are actually here. I want someone who wants the "experience" of being here and who is not afraid to take the initiative with her environment, aka travel on your own by bus, by train, by plane and feel comfortable since I won't have time to always be there showing you around... Most of my Au pairs have traveled every weekend with either a couple of tourist organizations affiliated with the military (USO and MWR Outdoor Recreation) or do a trip on her own.
--All is negotiable based on hours preferred, personal goals, local rates, etc
- Job Availability
- Nov 2015 - Jun 2016
- From 3 - 3 months
- Seeking Live In/Out
- Full- or Part-time
|Weekly Pay||Negotiable||Response Rate||85%|
|Last Login||05 Oct 2015||Complaints||0|
|Member Since||19 Nov 2011||Favorite Adds||30/30-days|
|Additional Services we're seeking:|
|Infant care||Special needs care||Elderly care|
|Shopping & Errands||Office Assistance|
- We Require
- Female candidates only
- 3yrs experience required
- Candidates that live within worldwide
- Valid drivers license
- We Prefer
- 23-27 year olds
- 12 or more years of education
- No couples
- Candidates who are:
- - American
- We Speak