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 St. Louis 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 St. Louis area choose an Au Pair that fits their specific family needs.
Local Area Representative in St. Louis
Go Au Pair has a Local Area Representative in St. Louis 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 Missouri
I cover the Greater Saint Louis Area including: Arnold, Ballwin, Bel-Nor, Brentwood, Chesterfield, Clayton, Crestwood, Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Eureka, Fenton, Festus, Frontenac, Glendale, Huntleigh, Kirkwood, Ladue, Manchester, Maryland Heights, Oakville, Olivette, Richmond Heights, Sunset Hills, Town & Country. I also cover Eastern Illinois including: Belleville, Collinsville, Columbia, Edwardsville, Fairview Heights, O’Fallon
I love the Au Pair program. I enjoy gaining more insight and appreciation for various cultures. I love partnering with the Host Families and Au Pairs, helping them to learn about one another’s cultures, and to assist them in having a wonderful experience. I’ve seen what a big impact the program has on the Host Parents, children and Au Pairs and I love being a part of that!
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 Kristina’s cluster has been up to recently!
Our group went to the Saint Louis Zoo Lights display in the winter. We walked around the zoo looking at the spectacular holiday lights, drinking hot cocoa, and eating food together.
One of our Colombian APs shared her culture through food when we visited a local Colombian Cafe – Maize & Wheat. We then went to a local mall to window shop and chat.
Met for dinner at a Sushi restaurant, and then went to see a movie the APs had been wanting to see. Got popcorn and other treats. Sat in the big comfy reclining seats to enjoy the movie.
Additional Resources for Families and Au Pairs in St. Louis, MO
Steps for getting a license: Prepare for the Tests
1. Review the Missouri Driver Guide (https://dor.mo.gov/driver-license/guide/) to prepare for the tests.
2. Collect Your Documents
3. Take the Written Test. Once you pass the written test, you will be issued a learner’s permit, which will allow you to legally drive only when an adult licensed driver is in the vehicle with you. You can use this permit to practice driving.
4. Take the Driving Test. You must bring a car for this test. During the driving test, an officer will evaluate your driving. You will also take a vision test and a road sign test at this time. Testing is done on a walk-in basis.
5. Apply for the License. After you have passed the driving test, you should apply for the Missouri License at the License Office. In Missouri, you are able to use your international driver’s license for up to 90 days after entering the country, however you will be required to obtain a Missouri License by the end of the 90 days. Must have the following for MO license application:
· Valid, Unexpired Foreign Passport with a valid, unexpired US visa accompanied by an I-94
· Social Security #
· Proof of Residency
To be frank, most people in Saint Louis utilize their own vehicles. The public transportation options are small and limited, which makes it difficult to get around. Typically host families in the Saint Louis area provide a car for their APs to use due to this.
- Saint Louis Community College – There are multiple campuses around St. Louis. Most of the professors both teach and work in their field outside of the school. stlcc.edu
- Saint Charles Community College – SCC classes cost a fraction of what you would pay at your four-year college or university, transfer easily and are taught by passionate, dedicated faculty members who want to see you succeed. https://www.stchas.edu/admissions/what-kind-student-are-you/visiting-student
Child Friendly Activities for Au Pairs and Host Families
Au Pairs will find that St. Louis 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.
Free entry every day. Home to over 16,000 animals, many of which are endangered. While at the St. Louis Zoo you can explore animals, and also visit some of the paid attractions such as ride the Zooline Railroad, carousel, Dinoroarus, 4D theater and more. www.stlzoo.org
Housed in an old shoe factory i downtown St. Louis, City Musuem is an ecer-evolving, always-thrilling, artist-built playground full of weirdly wonderful spaces to explore. From a passion project to an indoor, outdoor, underground playground that welcomes adventurous visitors from all over. www.citymuseum.org
Free entrance. Hands-on learning experiences to help you discover more about the world around you. As one of the few nonprofit science museums in the country, curious minds from all backgrounds are able to explore, create, and share their ideas with each other. www.slsc.org
Free entrance though parking does cost. Guests can enjoy the tram ride, animal feedings, carousel rides, complimentary beer samples. www.grantsfarm.com
Your journey through the St Louis Aquarium starts along a freshwater river and the shallow waters of a salt marsh, then moves into the deep dark abyss of the open ocean. stlouisaquarium.com