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Discover Benelux |  Feature |  Au Pair Amsterdam

With their personal approach, Au Pair Amsterdam is the perfect agency to help you get the greatest cultural experience.

Connecting cultures Living among locals is one of the best ways to experience a foreign country – for example as an au pair. Embarking on this type of cultural exchange can seem daunting, but Au Pair Amsterdam is keen to assist host families and au pairs to get the most out of their journey, in a personal and approachable way. TEXT: MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK  |  PHOTOS: AU PAIR AMSTERDAM

Au Pair Amsterdam offers two services: matching  host  families  across  the Netherlands  to  a  suitable  au  pair  from abroad  and  helping  au  pairs  find  the perfect  destination  in  China  and  soon other  countries  such  as  Thailand. Founder and director Li-iy Lu says: “We pride  ourselves  on  our  personal  approach  and  we  go  much  further  than many  others  in  this  industry.  We  guide and  support  families  and  au  pairs throughout  the  process,  from  the  first moment of contact through to the end of the programme.” Four years ago Li-iy started the company to give families and au pairs a much more rewarding  experience.  “I  love  having  au pairs stay with us, we’ve had people from China,  Thailand,  Russia,  America...  but  I noticed  there  wasn’t  always  proper  support for them,” Li-iy says. “I thought that was so strange. That’s why I founded Au Pair Amsterdam.”

Working  together  with  agencies  around the world, support is never far away: Liiy will try to appoint a local contact or stay in  touch  with  au  pairs  herself  through Skype,  Facetime,  WhatsApp  and  other means  of  instant  communication.  She says: “I get so many messages from people  who  had  a  fantastic  experience. That’s  why  I  do  it.  Many  families,  after their first au pair, will sign up with us again and continue their au pair experience year after year!” Li-iy also runs a separate venture helping people from the Netherlands to have a cultural  experience  in  China  as  a  teacher, trainee or au pair for a minimum of three months.  Li-iy:  “I  grew  up  in  the  Netherlands  with  Chinese  parents.  After  I  did  a six-week  cultural  trip  to  China  I  wanted other  people  to  experience  this  amazing country  too.”  Anyone  with  a  fair  level  of English  and  an  interest  in  China  can  do this. Also here, Ly-iy guarantees the same

optimum  level  of  support  and  has  many trusted  contacts  throughout  the  country via  an  officially  licensed  Chinese  agency. www.aupairamsterdam.com www.letsgo2china.com

Multi-cultural immersion To become a live-in au pair you need some experience working with children and must be between 18 and 31.  Host families with (young) children can let Au Pair Amsterdam make a match or suggest someone themselves. Au Pair Amsterdam can help with visa applications and administration,  orga nise information days and offer local support. It is affiliated with the national industry agency BONAPA and is an officially recognised sponsor by the  Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst (IND).

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Discover Benelux, Issue 14, February 2015  

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Discover Benelux, Issue 14, February 2015  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and France.