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Eastern Europe
Capital: Chisinau
Languages: Moldovan, Russian, Gagauz
Useful links: CIA World Factbook

The following information is generalized and compiled from questions posed to the agents and interviewers in Moldova. 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.

  • The idea of being an au pair is becoming common in Moldova.
  • Applicants from Moldova are motivated by cultural curiosity.
  • The job potential of an au pair improves upon her return to Moldova.
  • Applicants do not have difficulty affording the program fees.
  • Young people in Moldova have the freedom of their family to socialize and date.
  • Curfews are not common.
  • Young women are accustomed to sharing in household chores.
  • Nudity is not common, though people are generally embarrassed by it.
  • Moldovans describe themselves as hard working, kind, amiable, and obedient.
  • Physical discipline is not common in Moldova.
  • Applicants obtain childcare experience through formal schooling and babysitting.
  • Usually both parents share the childrearing responsibilities.
  • It is common for both parents to work and be away from home during the day.
  • The minimum driving age is age 18. Most applicants obtain their driving license at age 22.
  • A driving license is not difficult to obtain.
  • It takes approximately four months obtain a license in Moldova.
  • The steps involved in obtaining a driving license in Moldova include:
    • Driving school
    • Theoretical test
    • Practical test
    • Fees
  • The International driving permit is available.
  • Applicants typically take formal driving lessons and practice driving using their parents’ car.
  • Most cars have manual transmissions.
  • English is compulsory beginning in second grade and continues for at least six years.
  • Approximately 65% of young women continue their studies at university.
  • Those who do not attend university attend colleges or professional schools, or find employment.
  • The academic year in Moldova starts in September and ends in June.
  • The educational opportunities of the Au Pair in America program are very important to applicants from Moldova.
  • The most common inoculations are for tuberculosis, hepatitis, diphtheria, and tetanus.
  • Most young women are inoculated and tested for TB (tuberculosis).
  • Moldova has a free health service.
  • Most young women visit the dentist on a regular basis.
  • “Eating disorders” are not common.
  • Most young people in Moldova eat meat.
  • Vegetarianism is not common.
  • The most common religion in Moldova is Christian Orthodox.
  • Most young people in Moldova do not practice their religion regularly.
  • Most homes have a telephone and a computer with access to the Internet.
  • Family members may not be able to take a message in English from a potential host family.

"The flexibility the program affords us is outstanding. With other child care options, I always felt I was accommodating their schedule instead of my own."

Jill, host parent
New Jersey

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