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Au Pair Job Available with American Family in Kaiserslautern

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at new house, Sept 2012

Amer in Germany seeks energetic & experienced aupair

Our Family
American
40-something
2 Children
Ages 5 yr; 2 yr
No pets
Christian
Will not accept smokers
Is not a single employer
Job Highlights
Female candidates only
2yrs experience required
40 to 45 hours/week
Driver's license required
Car is available
References available
Pay is Negotiable/wk

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Hi potential au pair! (29 Jan 14) I have begun the search for our next aupairs for spring and summer this year (2014). Please see the "Job Description" 1st since that really tells all about the job ;) I'm still updating my interview questions, so that would be done this week...

We need the extra pair of loving hands for our girls since we just moved to the Kaiserslautern area 1 yr ago from the Stuttgart/ Pforzheim /Heidelberg area, where we lived for the past 13 years.

About us: I am from southern Indiana, and my husband is from Columbus, OH, although he is a "miltary brat" and lived outside of Savannah, GA; Ft. Sill, OK; Ft. Knox, KY; and many others. My undergrad degree was earned at a private women's college in Columbia, MO called Stephens College. My husband's undergrad was at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Sophia is so sweet, getting her personality, just passed her 2-yr birthday, and is learning to talk. Vivianna is a lively 5 year old girl, "going on 7 or 8". I work full time in marketing. Both daughters attend preschool/daycare 5 and 3 days per week. (The au pair would drive to drop off/pick up on these days.)

We are friendly, speak English, and welcome someone with lots of patience, love and understanding. Since there is never "enough of me" to go around, tantrums happen.

I'm a yoga instructor, so I try to live a healthy lifestyle--but do love my chocolate, baking "cutcapes" as my 5 yr old calls them, and a good bottle of wine at dinner. I love to cook, but welcome someone who would like to introduce their favorite dishes as well. I am Christian, but probably more "spiritual". My husband and eldest daughter have been baptised Greek Orthodox. We don't actively go to church, though.

My husband speaks German fluently. I speak basic German and know a little Spanish. All of my neighbors are German, but they speak good English. My preschooler knows some basic German, French and Spanish, so I welcome other languages to be learned. The 5 yr old is in soccer, ballet/tap combo class, and just started a cheerleading. The 2 yr old is in a 'dance discovery' class.

Please read the "Interview" section, but remember I tried to keep my answers brief and to the point. Especially read the "daily routine" section and see upfront if it's something you can do--I'd hate for you to come on board and be surprised about anything... If you want me to email you the interview, please let me know that as well.

We are a very happy and welcoming family, and I will only want an au pair that is the same.

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Job Description

Hi potential au pair! (updated 29 Jan 14) I need a short-term, live-in au pair to assist in the daily routine. We live in Germany, but we are Americans.

I have 3 jobs to announce and interview for (preferably for Americans, Canadians, or any non-EU citizen as they need to leave under the 90-day tourist status): Preferably one beginning mid-April, but I'm flexible as to how I'm finding schedules that are able to overlap!

*I CANNOT have anyone from an EU country due to military installation pass sponsorship regulations. Sorry!!!

My husband has returned from a deployment to Afghanistan Sep 2013. I work full time in the Kaiserslautern area in marketing, and he has begun working full time in Kaiserslautern as well.

I want a happy, bubbly, positive person, adventurous, fun-loving (like I am!). You must have a background in either education/teaching/camp counseling, strong organizational skills, a solid up-bringing, an easy-going personality, a lot of patience, confidence and class. Preferably, you should have a basic knowledge of German and hopefully have traveled abroad before so there is not a big culture shock. ***Having previous European driving experience is a huge plus since you will be required to drive my car; therefore, you must have a valid US driver's license with a clean record and get an International dirver's license to do this job.

--My ideal candidate is one that was looking to gain experience by helping me out around the house and by being with our girls. The extra pair of hands is the main reason I'm getting an aupair that will give the kind of QUALITY attention they need.

--During the week I would have the au pair help get the kids up, dressed, breakfast and ready in the morning so we all can get out the door on time. I would have her take/pick-up the girls 5 days per week to the American preschool/daycare. After dropping the kids off for school at 8:30am, my current au pair goes to the gym, library, coffee shop, etc until the pick up time of 11:30am. The 5 yr old attends preschool 5 days/week, 8:30-11:30am. The 2 yr old attends daycare the same hours 2-3 days/ week.

--I need the au pair to take the initiative, jump right in, and take care of what needs to be done. (For example, if sweaters and shoes are on the steps, don't walk by them--put them where they need to go.) I need one who doesn't mind to do light housework at least 4 days of the week: laundry, vacuum, help make food for kids, help feed the 1 yr old, get dinner started sometimes, clean up after dinner, load/unload dishwasher, keep kids room and toys picked up in house. Once a routine is learned, then I should not have to constantly ask for things to be done--that is what "becoming part of the family" is all about----everyone pitching in and doing their share. I'm a list-maker and usually always have a list going for home projects, groceries, or basic to do lists for the day or evening! ;)

-- I might need assistance in getting the girls ready for bed in the evening, such as reading stories, puzzles, bath time, brushing teeth, et al if my husband is unavailable.

--You would have small pockets of free time during the day (2-3 in the morning, 1-2 in the afternoon during nap time). There's of course a few daily tasks to help me keep the home running smoothly throughout the day, such as continual pick up after yourself and kids when ending a craft project, bkfst/lunch/snack time, etc. Saturday and Sunday are typically free. And maybe Monday free if you are traveling IF it's a holiday and I am off of work to take care of the kids. (I am a great resource w/ lots of books and tips on traveling since we've lived in Germany 13 years and traveled extensively.

--Since my husband has come back from us living apart for 1 year, it's important that we have a date night once per week. I sometimes have to do things in the evening or a Fri/Sat night for work, being that I'm in Marketing & Entertainment--never more than 2 times per month. That said, the occasional evening by yourself with the girls will need to happen 1x/wk--usually Friday night.

--I do not mind someone who is looking to travel on the weekends, using our place as a launch-pad, making a little spending money over 3 months. I want someone who wants the "experience" of being here and who is not afraid to take the initiative with her environment, aka take the initiative and travel on your own by bus, by train, by plane and feel comfortable since I won't have time to always be there showing you around... Most of my au pairs have traveled every weekend with either a couple of tourist organizations affiliated with the military (USO and MWR Outdoor Recreation) or doing a trip on her own.

All is negotiable based on hours preferred, personal goals, local rates, etc.

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Job Availability
Apr 2014 - Sep 2014
From 1 - 3 months
Seeking Live In
Full-time

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We Require
Female candidates only
2yrs experience required
Candidates that live within worldwide
Valid drivers license
We Prefer
No Age Preference
12 or more years of education
No couples
Candidates who are:
  • - American
We Speak
English
German



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