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Go Au Pair in New Orleans offers a child care experience through cultural exchange

New Orleans Bourbon Street
We are using an Au Pair through Go Au Pair and we’ve been very happy. The process to get the nanny here was smooth and so far we haven’t run into any issues. This is a great program and we have referred it to many of our friends with babies.
Radostin Kanev
Radostin Kanev
We have had the pleasure of working with GoAuPair as our au pair agency, and we are satisfied with the placement and the services they have provided. Throughout the process, Gina has been incredibly supportive, taking the time to explain contracts and terms to us. Judith has also been wonderful in following up with us and has been friendly and helpful. We have been hosting au pairs since our twins were born, and we have had the opportunity to welcome four au pairs from Mexico and China, with another one soon to arrive from Peru. In our experience, the price we pay when working with an au pair through GoAuPair (including agency fees and au pair fees) is quite reasonable compared to the hourly rates of local nannies. It's important to note that with this cost-saving, there is a trade-off. We have dedicated time to train our au pairs, help them with driving and familiarize them with the area. In some cases, we have also supported them in improving their English language skills if needed. Additionally, we provide our au pairs with full access to a car and a membership to Lifetime Athletic, an excellent country club. We encourage them to explore the area and make friends. In return, our au pairs have been exceptional with our children and have taught them valuable second languages, such as Chinese and Spanish. Thanks to our au pairs, our kids are now trilingual and have become globally-oriented, embracing new cultures and languages. This experience has also instilled in them a broader understanding of the concept of a global economy and vision. Hosting au pairs has brought many positive aspects to our family life, and we have received excellent services from GoAuPair throughout the process. We highly recommend their services to anyone considering hosting an au pair.
Wenting Gao
Wenting Gao
Great experience with Go Au Pair! Responsive and easy to work with. Helpful in answering questions. Found a great au pair to join our family and would highly recommend!
Kathryn Schaeffer
Kathryn Schaeffer
We had a wonderful experience with this Au pair agency. We enjoyed being involved with the search and selection of the au pair (a unique feature that sets them apart). We are also impressed with the exceptional customer service. Our coordinator has been prompt in answering all of our questions and any concerns. We are grateful for this agency and all the staff working hard behind the scenes to make this program possible, thank you!
Aaron Thomas
Aaron Thomas
We have had two au pairs placed by Go Au Pair. I would recommend them as they have an excellent variety of au pairs to connect with.
Zane Aukee
Zane Aukee
I have worked with several folks at Go Au Pair during my search process. They have all been well informed, respectful, responsive and a pleasure to work with. I would gladly recommend this agency to anyone in search of an Au Pair
Tom Dudzic
Tom Dudzic
I started this process about 2 weeks ago and was able to find a match, but not without endless amount of time invested. For the most part the pricing is stated upfront so you know what you're getting into, however, the fees for the flight/travel are unable to be determined until that is booked. PROS: - The representatives that you work with are very nice and helpful - They create the contract with the cost out after you've extended an offer to an AuPair pretty quickly - There are lots of AuPairs to choose from and a couple new ones might be added each week - There isn't a local representative in my area so my local rep was almost across the country from me so they assigned 2 people to help me out. Having the support was fine. Totally fine but I got confused on who I address for certain things in the beginning. - Final costs are about an extra $500-$1000 than whats stated upfront due to travel costs, etc. - Overall we are very happy so far with the process and the representatives we've been working with are super sweet and kind. They can really help you out and try to be super available for you. We were happy with our reps. CONS: - There are a lot of emails with bits and pieces of information, the next steps are not detailed in the beginning so there is a lot of things not exactly clear, mainly detailed info on the entire process. This was frustrating but if you talk to your rep to clear it up you should be fine - Payment plan details should be shown upfront because a family needs to see if it's realistically affordable or compare their local childcare pricing prior to starting the search and investing so much time into it. However, I guess a family going this route for childcare might not be stressing over little costs here and there? Not sure - Travel fees/cost need to be elaborated/clear a bit more in the beginning of the process
Krystal Ahmad
Krystal Ahmad
There is a good selection of au pairs, and the search function makes it easy to find one that meets your needs. -Zane
We HIGHLY recommend Go Au Pair (GAP). In the world of working parent guilt and a global pandemic, it really does take a village to raise children--but what does one do when one's village alternates quarantining and childcare is chaos. When we heard about the au pair program and began to research it, we knew it was our only hope, though we had many concerns. The first was what agency to choose--a huge agency? A small agency? We wondered what role our agency would play, and agonized over the choice. Ultimately, GAP provided terrific, high-quality, personalized service that clearly comes from their experience in the AP world and not being so enormous that they lose sight of their families and APs. We are a family, not just a number, to GAP. Our AP is such a very special young lady who is authentic, bright, and thoughtful. She is fantastic with children, and an extremely strong driver. With 3 very young boys, having a third adult is such an unbelievable help in our family. Our AP is leaving an unforgettable impression on our children and has made it so easy to be a working parent. We cannot thank GAP enough!
Jamie K
Jamie K
We first found Go Au Pair in January 2022 when we were looking for a childcare provider for our toddler. Their website is setup well and searching for candidates is simple. While filling out the host profile takes a bit of time it's worth it as both you and the au pairs are able to share a lot of information. We found an Au Pair in rematch and our local coordinator in town and placement manager were supportive. They were easy to get a hold of and always got back to us in a timely manner. While our match with our Au Pair did not last the staff at Go Au Pair has made moving on painless and helped provide our Au Pair with a new opportunity in a different state. They were impartial and patient while addressing our concerns.
Kevin Dahm
Kevin Dahm

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 New Orleans 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 New Orleans area choose an Au Pair that fits their specific family needs.

Local Area Representative in New Orleans

Go Au Pair has a Local Area Representative in New Orleans 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.

Michelle Holt

michelle holt

She made feel welcome, and that there is someone here who care about me.

Genesis, Ecuadorian Au Pair, New Orleans, LA
“Our LAR has been great, always available.”
Amy, Host Mom, Metairie, LA

“My Au Pair experience taught me how to raise my children that I will have one day and what to do and what not to do. It taught me life lessons and how to take care of myself. It made me more independent.”

Naudia, South African Au Pair, New Orleans, LA

The areas I serve in Louisiana

My territory covers the Greater New Orleans area, which includes all parts of New Orleans proper, as well as Metairie, Kenner, the Westbank, and the North Shore.

Hi! My name is Michelle Holt, and I am the Local Area Representative for Greater New Orleans. I have a B.S. in education from Boston University, an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Southern Mississippi, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of New Orleans. I taught school for 10 years and was an editor at the LSU School of Medicine for 18 years. I have been with Go Au Pair for well over a decade now and love it as it is a great opportunity to meet so many interesting people from a wide variety of cultures. In the past, I have been a nanny myself, and I have also lived abroad, so this seemed like a natural fit for me to be able to relate to the au pairs’ experiences.

Go Au Pair is a wonderful program, full of caring, responsive people who really want to see host families and au pairs connect in meaningful ways. I have seen so many host families and au pairs stay in touch and continue to visit and remain in each other’s lives long after their placement has been completed, and it is so fulfilling to be part of forging these sorts of relationships!

Our current New Orleans-area au pairs are all from Colombia or Ecuador, coincidentally, but in the past we have had au pairs from a wide variety of countries, including China, South Africa, Belgium, Romania, New Zealand, El Salvador, Ukraine, Mexico, and more. They enjoy such activities as visiting museums, traveling, listening to music, and generally taking advantage of all the fun things that New Orleans has to offer.

Our host families also represent a wide variety – some have been with the agency for years, and some are relatively new. Some have multiple children, and some have just one. The ages of the children in our current cluster, as well as in the past, have ranged from newborns to teenagers. Our host moms and dads have represented a variety of professions, such as hospitality management, healthcare, law, education, and real estate.

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 Michelle’s cluster has been up to recently!

The poboy is an iconic sandwich in New Orleans, a city very much known for its delicious food! New Orleans takes any excuse to celebrate and have a party, and what better excuse to celebrate than a poboy?! As with all festivals in the city, there is music, dancing, and lots of yummy food! Here are some of our au pairs, in a brief moment when they weren’t eating!

New Orleans is situated in very low-lying area, surrounded by swamps. It is a great adventure to get out of the city and into one of the many swamps, in a boat that’s made for navigating the bayous and with a tour guide who knows the way! In warm weather – which we have in abundance down here – the gators will definitely be out sunning themselves and looking for food!

Additional Resources for Families and Au Pairs in New Orleans, LA

driver's license info for au pairsGetting a Louisiana driver’s license is not too difficult and is generally better than having an international driver’s license. Host families will need to check with their insurance agency for their rules on adding and au pair to their car insurance.

public transportation info for au pairsBeing below sea level, New Orleans doesn’t have any sort of subway system, which is unfortunate. Many host families provide vehicles for au pairs who are comfortable driving and have a valid driver’s license. Both the au pairs and the host families typically find this to be a great convenience. However, the au pairs also get around via Uber and Lyft, rides from their host parents, and carpooling with one another or other friends. In addition, the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) offers bus, ferry, and streetcar service to various parts of the city.

As part of the requirements of the au pair program, all au pairs need to complete a minimum of 6 credits/72 classroom hours while they are here in America. We have a variety of accreditedcolleges and universities here in New Orleans where an au pair might choose to fulfill the education requirement.

In the city itself, there is Tulane University (Home | tulane), the University of New Orleans (University of New Orleans | The University of New Orleans (, and Xavier University (Xavier University of Louisiana ( In the outskirts, there is Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) (Southeastern Louisiana University). While we have had au pairs choose to attend both Tulane and SLU and take classes in everything from chemistry to acting, by far the most popular choice is for au pairs to take classes in ESL at Delgado Community College. Delgado is centrally located, the ESL classes give the au pairs the opportunity to improve their English skills and make friends with other non-native speakers, and perhaps best of all, these classes have traditionally been free! Delgado website: Home ( Delgado ESL program: English as a Second Language (

IRS tax info for au pairsAu Pairs and Host Families can learn about tax withholdings and filing specific for the Au Pair program. Always consult a tax advisor to learn how taxes apply.

social security card info for au pairsAn Au Pair will need to get a Social Security # before getting a bank account and driver’s license. Go Au Pair will provide a welcome packet with social security information, on the Au Pairs arrival. We advise Au Pairs to wait 10 days after arrival to get their social security number. You can make an appointment at a social security office, closest to your home.

Child Friendly Activities for Au Pairs and Host Families

Au pairs will find that New Orleans is a city full of life and spirit, with an abundance of things to do to suit all interests. From its vibrant music and restaurant scene to its unique architecture to its fascinating museums filled with art and history to its many areas of natural beauty, New Orleans truly has something for everyone! Some family favorites include the following:

Located in the heart of beautiful City Park, the Children’s Museum celebrates the natural curiosity and wonder of children with a plethora of hands-on activities that make learning fun! Home – LCM

Rated as one of the 10 best aquariums by USA Today and Travel + Leisure, the Audubon Aquarium transports visitors to an underwater world ranging from the Caribbean to the Amazon rainforest to the waters that are the lifeblood of New Orleans: the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. With more than 3,600 animals from more than 250 species, the Audubon Aquarium is open daily and will offer you an experience you won’t soon forget! Audubon Aquarium | NOW OPEN | New Orleans, LA (

Local families and tourists alike enjoy cruising the waters of the mighty Mississippi River. Cruising on the Steamboat NATCHEZ includes Steam Engine Room visitation, calliope, live jazz, and optional Creole food and local beverages.

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