InterExchange Au Pair USA Launches New 10-Minute Online Application Process for Host Families

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Quicker and more convenient application process now available to new and re-applying host families. Host family applications received online prior to May 15th to receive $600 discount.

The whole matching process can now be expedited, which families appreciate, especially with the busy summer months coming up.

InterExchange Au Pair USA has just announced the launch of a highly anticipated new online application feature. Their new “10 minute” application makes it easier and more convenient for new and re-applying host families to sign up for the Au Pair USA program.

“Our host families requested a more convenient online application that fits their busy lives.” explains Michael McHugh, Program Director for Au Pair USA. “We’re finding that families often research their childcare options through online resources, and they prefer to complete the process online.”

Au Pair USA is a cultural exchange program that matches pre-screened, responsible young people from over 40 countries with host families here in the US. The participants live with the family for one year, and provide up to 45 hours per week of live-in childcare for their host family in exchange for accommodations and a fixed weekly stipend. Au pair stipends are fixed by the US State Department, per family, making au pair childcare an affordable and popular alternative to traditional nannies or daycare centers.

Au Pair USA's host family application has been redesigned to provide a more intuitive experience, and the longer paper application has been condensed to allow both new and renewing families to complete the online version in approximately 10 minutes. “We recognize that parents are very busy and often pulled in several directions at once.” McHugh adds, “Even though applying online is now a remarkably quick process, we still built the application in such a way that you can quit midway, save your information, and come back later to complete the process.”

McHugh adds that Au Pair USA host families will also see an overall streamlined application process, speeding up the application processing time, and getting the names and credentials of potential au pairs into the hands of families that much faster. “With online applications, your matching consultant will start searching for qualified matches right away, and send your family several bios for review within just a few days. The whole matching process can now be expedited, which families appreciate, especially with the busy summer months coming up.”

To celebrate the launch of the online application, families applying before May 15, 2010 will receive a $600 discount off their 12-month program fee. More details can be found at the agency’s website, http://www.InterExchange.org/AuPairUSA.

InterExchange Au Pair USA is a non-profit cultural exchange organization that has been connecting families in the USA with qualified, experienced au pairs from all over the world for more than 20 years. Au Pair USA specializes in creating authentic cross-cultural connections between host families and au pairs, and makes live-in childcare affordable for many families.

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