Before you come to the USA as a professional au pair, you may wonder who will be there to help you communicate with your host family, find your classes and explore your new home. Meet our Area Directors!
Our Area Directors are apex social staff who live near you in the USA and are there to support you during your year as a professional au pair.
Want to know more? Here is an interview with Area Director Maggie Pickering who lives in Chicago, Illinois!
Tell us some fun facts about yourself!
In addition to being the Area Director, I am an actor, runner, and I sew. I currently teach theatre to 2 and 3-year olds, and I really enjoy making props and costumes for class.
Tell us what you do in your job as an Area Director.
I assist the professional au pairs in getting to know the city and in completing their outside requirements.
What is unique about your city?
Chicago is a sprawling city - our suburbs stretch almost up to the state of Wisconsin and down to the state of Indiana. It is very easy to get around - all of our families live close to public transportation, which can get you downtown quickly and easily. Also, every one of our major sports teams has won a national title!
What fun events do you do with your professional au pairs?
We've gone to see the Bulls play basketball, we've had picnics on the beach, and coming up - tubing down the river!
What types of courses can professional au pairs take in your area?
What can't you take? Chicago is such a HUGE city, there are so many options – professional au pairs have taken Spanish, Yoga, not to mention classes specific to their fields.
Why do you love being an Area Director?
I love how it maintains my connection to the special needs world, and how I get to be an ambassador for Chicago!
LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OUR AREA DIRECTORS AND OUR PROGRAM?