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TIAPE Adds New Staff

April 11th, 2011

The International Au Pair Exchange
119 N. Commercial Street, Suite 820 Bellingham, WA 98225
360.483.4584 mschmidt@tiape.org www.tiape.org

Bellingham Resident Joins Local Au Pair Agency

(Bellingham, Wa. – April 11, 2011) – Gabryelle Peterson, a Bellingham resident, has joined The International Au Pair Exchange (TIAPE) team as a Local Exchange Coordinator (LEC).  As a federally designated au pair agency locally based in downtown Bellingham, TIAPE places carefully screened au pairs between the ages of 18 and 26 from foreign countries with qualified host families in select communities in the United States.

As part of the outbound program, au pairs from the U.S. can also be placed with host families abroad in Europe and Asia. 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 student teacher in Australia and Thailand greatly enhanced my life by expanding my global perspective. 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 Bellingham community" said Peterson.

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 in 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.

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