AU PAIR CULTURE QUESTS
The following information is generalized and compiled from questions posed to the agents and interviewers in Argentina. Although au pairs from this country may or may not have had these experiences/beliefs, Au Pair in America wishes to share this general information with our families.
Child Care Skills
- Argentineans usually gain their childcare experience by looking after their neighbors’ or friends’ children to earn pocket money. Others have experience with younger siblings.
- Some applicants volunteer in a local kindergarten to get more experience with babies or small children.
- Most applicants are studying to become an English teacher so they have already taught English to students on a individual or group basis.
- Young people in Argentina live with their parents until they finish their university career or they get married. It is too expensive to live alone.
- Most families in Argentina have more than two children, and both parents work.
- Applicants are used to helping out around the house, especially if both parents work.
- Most students study English at school, but parents also tend to send their children to private English institutes as they think English is very important.
- Some candidates study English at university.
- 95% of applicants have the necessary English level (or higher) to apply to the program, so no formal English test is required.
- Obtaining a driving license in Argentina is a straightforward process.
- Applicants take theoretical classes and driving lessons with an instructor. The exams are theoretical and practical. They also have to take a sight and hearing test, and answer certain medical questions in order to pass.
- Most Argentineans learn to drive at a young age, especially if they live in the countryside.
- Compulsory education finishes at high school level.
- Most Argentineans continue studying at university, and sometimes they have to move to another province to study the course of their choice.
- The au pair program is well known in Argentina as it’s a unique opportunity for some families to send their child to live in the U.S. for a year and to improve their English knowledge for their career or future job.
- Public hospitals are free in Argentina, but most students are covered under their parents’ private health insurance until they are 18.
- Adults usually take out their own private medical plan when they start working.
- Young people have a family pediatrician until they are 16 years old, and then they register with a GP.
- Independent, mature, responsible, trustworthy.
- Open to share their ideas or thoughts.
- Open minded, flexible, ready to have a good experience abroad.
- Young people in Argentina love technology – they can’t understand how their grandparents survived without cell phones!
- Argentine beef is famous around the world, so naturally Argentineans love barbeques!
- The Argentine city of Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world!
- How are you? Como estas?
- Fine, thanks. Bien, gracias.
- My name is… Mi nombre es…
- Nice to meet you. Encantada de conocerte.
- Thank you. Gracias.
“Do not hesitate! Just go for it! It was the best decision I ever made. It changed my life completely. I made so many friends from all over the world.”– Cecilia, au pair from Argentina
“It’s an incredible experience, and you will learn a lot about yourself.”– Mariana, au pair from Argentina
“I’d say that this was and will be one of the best and most intelligent decisions I’ve made in life. It was such a big challenge that made me grow a lot as a person.”– Emilse, au pair from Argentina
“In the U.S. I did not work for an employer, I was part of a family that would be my family for the rest of my life.”
Naomi, au pair