The Philippines is located in Southeastern Asia and is made up of 7,107 islands. The Philippines was once a Spanish colony but was ceded to the U.S. prior to gaining independence. Tagalog and English are both the official languages of the Philippines. Because of this, Filipino Au Pairs currently in the U.S. were, on average, given a ranking of 4 out of 5 in English prior to their arrival.
Education has been a large focus of the Filipino government since the 1980s. The Philippines currently has one of the highest literacy rates in the world at 92 percent. Nearly all of our Au Pairs from the Philippines currently placed in the U.S. were either enrolled in college or college graduates prior to their arrival.
Filipino Au Pairs have a wide variety of child care experience and the majority of Au Pairs from the Philippines currently placed in the U.S. have experience with children under the age of two.
What do Host Parents say about their Au Pairs from Philippines?
Katherine has been a Host Mom with Go Au Pair since 2006. Her Au Pair from the Philippines, Carren, recently left her home after spending two years with her family.
How well did your Au Pair assimilate into your home?
“Our Au Pair Carren assimilated extremely well to our home and family. She was so loving and honest and devoted to her job that she just fit right in immediately. She went out of her way to make sure she understood everything we had discussed about the children and never felt shy about asking questions a second time to be sure she was doing things properly. She was quiet, yet friendly and so in tune with the children’s needs from the first few weeks.”
What cultural differences did you encounter?
“We didn’t encounter many differences. The Philippines is an extremely poor country, and so to find a big huge bed, extra large TV and walk in closet in her bedroom came as a real shock to her! But she adjusted just fine! She was very aware of being a part of our family when we included her, yet also respectful of our time alone as a family and would leave us to our time together. It was a perfect situation for us.”
Would you ever choose another Au Pair from the Philippines?
“Would I ever choose another Au Pair from the Philippines? YES….in fact I would try my hardest to continue to choose Au Pairs from the Philippines. This was our second great success story with girls from the country and we just loved them. They really are so warm and loving and such good caretakers. You just know that their hearts are in it for the right reason, and that they are so excited and grateful to be here in America. The job taking care of the kids is their number one priority in being here. They were respectful of their jobs, our house rules and just took better care of the children than I could ever have hoped for. I hope that all of you reading this consider an Au Pair from the Philippines. I can guarantee you will be very happy with your choice!”
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