The Netherlands is located in northwestern Europe. While the Netherlands is a relatively small country it is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Dutch Au Pairs usually adjust well to life in the U.S. and are generally known for their flexibility and independence.
English is one of the main subjects taught to children at an early age and is the second language for many Dutch people. According to research approximately 85 percent of the population is able to converse in English. In addition, Dutch Au Pairs generally speak a third language, commonly French or German.
The Au Pair program is very well known and common in the Netherlands. While babysitting is one of the typical ways Dutch Au Pairs gain childcare experience, internships at daycares, nurseries and hospitals are also common.
What do Host Parents say about their Au Pairs from Netherlands?
Becky is a first time Host Mom with Go Au Pair who welcomed her Au Pair, Anja, from the Netherlands into her home several months ago.
How well did your Au Pair assimilate into your home?
“Anja assimilated into our family so very easily. She immediately became a part of our family. She really has become another member of our family. The most important piece was that she immediately assimilated into our children’s lives and she did.”
What cultural differences did you encounter?
“We really had very few cultural differences. As many know, most European countries are very similar in culture to the U.S.”
Would you ever choose another Au Pair from the Netherlands?
“Oh absolutely! We would definitely choose another Au Pair from the Netherlands. She has been great and we look forward to spending the next months with her. Our children absolutely love her!”