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Former Irish Au Pair Joins New Au Pair Agency
Portland Resident Helps Launch New Au Pair Program
(Bellingham, Wa. – March 28, 2011) – Melissa Madachick, a Portland resident who has experience both in hosting exchanges in the United States and traveling abroad as an au pair in Ireland, has joined The International Au Pair Exchange (TIAPE) team as a Local Exchange Coordinator (LEC). Recently designated by the U.S. Department of State to administer the au pair program, TIAPE places carefully screened au pairs between the ages of 18 and 26 from foreign countries with qualified host families within select communities throughout the United States. LECs provide continuous support to both au pairs and host families in their areas and help them to maximize their program experience.
"The years I spent abroad as a live-in nanny and au pair greatly enhanced my life and deepened my appreciation and understanding for other cultures. For parents, the au pair program is the best of both worlds because it combines a valuable cultural exchange experience with affordable, live-in childcare. I am excited to bring this opportunity to the Portland community" said Madachik.
Through TIAPE’s au pair program, au pairs provide up to 45 hours of childcare per week while living with a host family for a minimum of 12 months. During this time, au pairs complete six semester hours of academic credit and receive an education stipend. In addition to the education stipend, host families are responsible for paying a weekly stipend and providing room and board. The average weekly cost to participate in the program, including the stipend and most program-related fees, is under $350, which is less expensive than many other childcare options for two or more children.
Families who choose to host an au pair not only benefit from the valuable cultural enrichment opportunities, but also from the ability to have more quality time with their family, more control over their childcare, and more personalized care for their children. Plus, families and au pairs who participate in the au pair program have dedicated, year-round program support from the TIAPE headquarters staff and their LEC. Upon arrival to the United States, au pairs participate in a four-day orientation and training, which includes infant and child CPR with first aid, child development and care, and guidance on adjusting to life and customs in the U.S.
The International Au Pair Exchange is an operating series of Member Synergy, LLC and designated by
the U.S. Department of State as a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program sponsor. In cooperation with partner
organizations around the world, TIAPE carefully screens and matches qualified au pairs with host families in select communities throughout the United States. TIAPE’s mission is to provide parents with access to a unique childcare option that meets the specific needs of each family, delivers the unsurpassed personal attention that every parent wants for their children, and is truly affordable in comparison to other typical childcare options. We are "Connecting the World, One Family at a Time."
To learn more about TIAPE’s au pair cultural exchange program, please visit www.tiape.org or call 360.483.4594.