Cultural Care Au Pair

Why make a Video?

Now you have come to the point in your application to make a video. Don't worry; we are here to guide you through it. In this section you will find all of the necessary information and material you will need to make a great video of yourself!

Making a video is a fun and easy way to really show who you are and why you want to be an Au Pair. This is a great and creative way for you to increase your chances to match with a host family. Many host families will not review an application unless there is a video attached; wouldn't you do the same if you were them? Host families want to see your personality in action and having a video does this as well as sets you apart from your competition; other Au Pairs!

Au Pair Andrea from Colombia: “My advice to future Au Pairs is that you should make a really good video, because the families can feel more connected if they see a bit of you and if they see how you are with the kids.”

Please see some example videos from current and former Au Pairs!

Sara from Mexico

  • Made in a simple way
  • Speeding a video up and narrating it makes it fun to watch
  • Shows many different activities with children

Tip for improvement: Do not add background sounds/music if you film outside, it is more difficult to hear you

Julie from Norway

  • Brief introduction
  • Short and sweet video
  • Personality shines through

Tip for improvement: Hold the smartphone horizontally (not upright) when sitting and speaking into the camera

Sarah from Germany

  • She speaks specifically to the kids
  • Shows her maturity well
  • Shows off her hobbies

Tip for improvement: Try to show yourself interacting with a child

Emilyn from Brazil

  • Simple "homemade" video
  • Let's children speak about her
  • Good use of different scenes and pictures

Tip for improvement: If you want to show a picture slide show, speak at the same time to make it more fun to watch

Jakob from Austria

  • Great to show your job with children if you have one
  • Shows off his driving skills very well
  • Good introduction

Tip for improvement: Say something to the host children in the video

Soffia from France

  • Creative format of incorporating children in a playful way
  • Talks about why she wants to be and Au Pair and why she wants to go to the USA

Tip for improvement: Make sure you also face the camera, smile and speak so the host family can get a good picture of you

How to make a video – It's not as hard as you might think!

Create a story board!

Start by thinking about what makes you stand out from the crowd. What sets you apart from the competition and makes you special? Why should the host family pick you? Download our Au Pair storyboard to get your creativity flowing.

A storyboard is an easy way to assemble your ideas and give you a guide of how your video will look and run. This should not take you much time. Click here to download a storyboard template.

Think about these 3 key points:

  1. Show your strengths and skills
  2. Be you
  3. Be creative

Start your story board by answering these questions:

  • Why do you want to be an Au Pair?
  • What is your experience with kids?
  • What are your skills and strengths? (cooking, swimming, driving, reading , doing crafts etc)
  • What are your hobbies? (playing an instrument, sports, etc)

Remember Take your time!

Watch this video for some inspiration and some great tips!

Joanne Dooley, LCC in Massachusetts: "A family can really get a feel whether or not this Au Pair is going to match well with their family, by simply viewing their video."

Filming & Editing – Keep it simple

Filming

Now your story board is complete the fun begins. It's so easy, you don't need any fancy equipment your smartphone or webcam is enough! You may want to ask someone to help film you.

Remember Remember. Your video doesn't have to be professional to be great. It just has to show why you're a great Au Pair!

Watch this video for tips on how to make a great application video!

Remember:

  • If you are a non-native English speaker: Talk and show your English language skills
  • Smile, be happy and energetic, and keep eye contact with the camera
  • Avoid background noise and loud overlay music
  • Make sure you, and anybody else in your video (including children) are dressed appropriately
  • Think about what the viewer can see in the background of your video – avoid cluttered/messy/dark locations
  • Always be yourself!

Editing

Now to put your video together we recommend some easy and FREE software that is available via the app store or the internet. You don’t have to spend a lot of time editing, just put your scenes together and make sure we can hear you well. If you don’t know how to use the programs you can find tons of tutorial videos online, just google!

  • weVideo
  • imovie
  • youtube editor
  • Or there are many other free editing software’s available - it’s up to you!

Remember that if you are adding background music to your video; be sure it is “royalty free”. Also, be aware of copyright laws (this includes most music, logos or any footage from production companies such as Disney, DreamWorks etc.)

Here is a link to non-copyrighted or royalty free music: http://www.freesoundtrackmusic.com

Video processing.

We are currently processing your video. It will take 2-3 days. If you don't see your video here after 2-3 days, please contact your office

Upload Video

Think you're ready to upload your video?

1. Does your video meet the technical and content requirements?

If your video is missing the basic requirements (length, formatting, or content) it will be subject for rejection. We will explain to you why we had to delete your video and you will be able to make revisions and resubmit it.

2. Watch it once more!

Watch your video again, and show it to family or friends. Make sure to ask them if they think the video is good, clear, and shows your best qualities.

Would your friends and family pick you as their Au Pair based on this video? If the answer is yes, then be proud and upload it!

Remember Once your video is uploaded you cannot change it. It is a good idea to send your video to your local Cultural Care office so they can provide feedback before you upload it