What is an Au Pair?
Au Pairs are pre-screened international young adults with child care experience who provide full time, live-in child care and introduces a memorable cultural experience at an affordable cost. With Au Pair child care, families in Anchorage can enjoy all the benefits of in home child care.
Au Pairs can be responsible for general supervision of the children, driving, laundry, homework help, preparing meals, and providing morning and bedtime help. As an Au Pair agency, Go Au Pair is dedicated to helping families in the Anchorage area choose an Au Pair that fits their specific family needs.
Local Area Representative in Anchorage
Go Au Pair has a Local Area Representative in Anchorage and surrounding areas to help our families during their experience. Our agency’s local representative will assist your family and Au Pair with any questions related to your live in child care needs.
The areas I serve in Alaska
Go Au Pair is serving Anchorage over 25 years, assisting host families and au pairs, by offering great child care options through cultural exchange. I am the Local Success Coach for Go Au Pair and I live in Anchorage. My territory covers Anchorage and surrounding areas, including Palmer, Wasilla, Chugiak, Eagle River and Girdwood.
My name is Judith Achermann and I have been with Go Au Pair for over 17 years. I am also the Go Au Pair Regional Team Lead for the West US. I am originally from Switzerland, I lived in Europe, Africa, MI and MA and moved to Anchorage in 1997. We have two daughters and 3 grandchildren. I love the outdoors, travelling and greatly enjoy being the LSC and spend time assisting the families and offer great events.
Family sizes vary from 1 child to 5 children, ages 3 months to early teens. Parents work in all kinds of professions. Many work in healthcare, finance, accounting, the oil industry, legal field, IT and pilots with Fedex, UPS and Alaska Airline.
Our current au pairs are from China, Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador, Colombia, Peru, Germany, Poland, and South Africa. They all love Alaska, far from their home but happy to find so many friends and a beautiful surrounding. Many learn to skate, cross country and downhill ski. Summers are great for hiking, camping, and exploring. Au Pairs love to go to the Fitness Club, Rock Gym, and local music events. Many love the Latin Dancing evenings, and the diversity in Anchorage.
Au Pair Cultural Activities
Au Pairs are required to attend a number of Cultural Activities with their Local Area Representative and nearby Au Pairs to make sure they experience the local community and culture during their stay. Below are some of the activities Judith’s cluster has been up to recently!
Additional Resources for Families and Au Pairs in Anchorage, AK
I encourage all au pairs to pass the AK license within 45 days by first taking a studying and practice online tests, take the written test, getting the permit for driving follow by the practice road test. Some host families offer safety/winter driving courses, as our roads can be challenging in the winter. Au Pairs need to be added to host families car insurance. We have the local State DMV, https://doa.alaska.gov as well as a private https://umvak.com. to get the process done. In general au pairs come with their home and/or international driver’s license and can drive up to 60 days with it.
Driving is important in Alaska. No real public transportation is available, and Uber and Taxi can get pricey. Au Pairs need access to a car.
- ESL classes for beginners and intermediate are best taken at https://alaskaliteracyprogram.org
UAA Alaska https://uaa.alaska.edu offers classes of various interest
Another great options is to combine learning and travel through specially designed weekend au pair peograms:
Based on the au pairs English level and the host families schedules your LSC will suggest the best options for each individual situation.
Child Friendly Activities for Au Pairs and Host Families
Au Pairs will find that Anchorage offers a wide variety of exciting things to do and places to visit. There are many historical museums, art displays, scenic touring, and physical activities. Families can help Au Pairs find activities they are most interested in.