"The Essential Au Pair Guide" is the perfect reference for any young person considering a year in the U.S. as an au pair. Kim understands the program inside and out - having hosted au pairs for her two boys, and also working for an au pair agency. She is truly passionate about cultural exchange programs and realizes the value they provide to all who participate, and the world as a whole. "The Essential Au Pair Guide" covers everything from deciding whether or not to become an au pair, to selecting the right host family, to the realities of living with an American family. Every prospective au pair should read this guidebook. It truly is "essential" and I wholeheartedly recommend it!" Julie Brewer, 20-year au pair agency professional.Want to be an au pair? The Essential Au Pair Guide is your must-have manual for finding the best host family for you. Written by an eight-year veteran of the au pair world in the popular San Francisco area, this guidebook details what families in the U.S. are looking for in an au pair, what your probable work schedule will be, the ins and outs of interviewing, and exactly how your personality will play into making your match successful. If you are considering investing a year of your life in this cultural exchange program, you need to know how the program plays out with real parents, children, and you--the overseas nanny. With the U.S. Department of State setting the rules and monitoring the agencies, au pairs have certain protections. But the guidelines can also be strict if you and the host family do not get along, and you may find yourself back on a plane headed to your home country. Making a great match from the beginning is by far the best way to avoid losing your program or having a unhappy year. Author Trutane increases your chances of finding your ideal "home away from home" and gives solid advice on how to communicate with your hosts, leading to a respectful, pleasant working relationship and a fantastic experience in the U.S.!