Students set their sights on America


17 Stockton Sixth Form Student students have signed up with an au pair scheme that will see them jet setting off to the USA to live with a host family for a year.

This is the second year that Stockton Sixth Form College has supported the Au Pair scheme, Cultural Care, with 3 of our past students currently working out in America.

We got in touch with, ex Stockton Sixth Form College student, Ellie Talon, who is currently out in Minnesota and asked her to reflect on her experience as an Au Pair so far “It has been amazing! I get to look after 3 amazing children, whilst travel round America and make life-long friends. I’m now 8 months into my year and I’m having the time of my life. I’m so grateful to be on this adventure and I will forever recommend the Cultural Care Au Pair programme. This is definitely something to consider if you aren’t certain on what you want to do after college or need that bit of extra experience.”

The students attended a meeting with Stephanie, a representative from Cultural Care who talked about what the students should expect whilst being an Au Pair in America, which included a $200 weekly pay and use of a car whilst out there to pick the host children up from school or day-care.

Stephanie, said that her favourite part of the job was being able to see the development of the Au Pairs she interviews, watching them gain confidence throughout the time they are away. Stephanie emphasised that this once in a lifetime opportunity is not only an amazing and fun experience, it will enhance the students’ employability as it shows full time commitment and exposure to working internationality. Becoming an Au Pair is a very rewarding experience, not only do you embark upon a yearlong personal development but you can make great friendships and lasting memories. Stephanie recalled one story of a host child who would dress up in the same clothes as their au pair and copied everything they did!

Steve Keeling, SSFC’s International Manager, when asked why he decided to initiate the collaboration with Cultural Care said ‘It gives our students a unique opportunity to live and work for a full year, a more affordable way to do a gap year!’

If successful, the students will meet their host family by Skype before partaking in a week long training programme in New York. They then receive free plane tickets to meet their host family to begin their yearlong Au Pair programme for some of the students this would be the first time they will travel to America.

We wish all of our students who applied the best of luck on their application, and hopefully, on their travels to the USA!