One study found that three days after a vacation, we have less physical complaints, our quality of sleep and mood improves as compared to before vacation. These benefits were still with us after five weeks, especially in those of us who had more personal time and overall fun and enjoyment during their vacations.
Our Au pairs are on the Adventure of a life time and their vacations are planned and anticipated. We want to be sure to communicate even before the Au pair arrives, any plans you and your family may have.
Your au pair will paid for 51 (training school is not a paid week) weeks and is entitled to a minimum of 2 weeks off during her/his 12-month stay. A 12- or 9-month extension au pair is entitled to an additional 2 weeks of vacation and a 6-month extension au pair is entitled to a week of vacation.
When making your plans, please consider the following:
- If your au pair will be traveling outside of the U.S. independently or with your family during their stay, There are strict travel regulations
- Vacation should be scheduled at a time that is mutually convenient to both the host family and your au pair.
- Conversation about vacation planning should begin early in the year.
- It is recommended that your au pair take one week of vacation in her/his first 6 months and the second week in the last half of the year.
- Vacation should not be scheduled in the first month after her/his arrival, as this is a time for both parties to develop a relationship and get acclimated.
- If the vacation is to be broken into daily segments, your au pair should receive a day off for each day in her/his standard work week. In addition, she/he should still receive her/his weekly free time and one complete weekend off each month. Both parties should agree upon the specific arrangement in advance.
- If your au pair travels with your family as part of her/his childcare responsibilities, it is strongly recommended that a schedule be discussed in advance. Think about how you will divide childcare responsibilities between you and your au pair. Remember that your au pair may need orienting to a new setting and that you are responsible for all of her/his meals while she/he is traveling with you.
- If you and your au pair will be traveling together, please leave a phone number with your local childcare consultant where you can be reached in case of emergency.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 7:19 PM