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This is an interesting and complicated question. Today's au pairs are not the same group that started in the mid-80s when the first au pairs arrived in the United States. In 1986, the most common and desired au pair was from either England or Ireland. These girls spoke English very well and were able to assimilate easily into American culture. They were popular for many years until these two countries became more wealthy and jobs increased. Young women could find employment in their own country and the numbers of English and Irish au pairs dropped dramatically.

Today, the largest group of au pairs are available from Eastern Europe and Asia. Thailand is a good example - many college educated young women desire to spend a year in America before they settle into their careers. Why? Primarily to improve their English, which is usually poor. They understand that if they have good English, their job opportunities increase when they return to their homeland.

The best country today is probably Germany. German au pairs are well-educated, drive very well and speak very good English. Au pairs from Columbia are becoming more popular because most of the girls that sign up to become an au pair are educated in private schools, have cars (and thus can drive) and speak competent English. They come from middle-upper middle class, educated families and make excellent au pairs.

There are other countries that offer great au pairs and too many to list here.

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