Go Au Pair in St. Louis

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Go Au Pair in St. Louis2023-10-23T10:51:43+00:00

Go Au Pair in St. Louis offers a child care experience through cultural exchange

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 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.

Kristina Curnutt

St. Louis LAR Kristina

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

My name is Kristina “Krys” Curnutt. I hold a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from Saint Louis University. I live in Florissant, MO with my husband and our three rambunctious girls, 3 dogs, and our pet hedgehog. I love reading, traveling, being with my family & friends, playing board games, swimming, cooking/baking, and snuggling with my kids while watching movies.

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!

Our current Au Pairs are from Mexico and Ecuador. They are enjoying the many free family friendly activities our area has to offer. Our current Host Families have children ranging from a couple of months old, all the ways to early teens. Our Host Parents are in a number of professions including: photography, boutique owners, IT, sales.

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

driver's license info for au pairsSteps 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

public transportation info for au pairsTo 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

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 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

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