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Old 30.03.2011, 23:21
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Thank you all for your help! Sorry I haven't been answering, was very busy all yesterday trying to work something out. And was out all day today. Princessduck for that info! I looked into it, but nothing came of it.
What is the Gemeinde? is that the Au Pair agency? I have tried to call the agency, but they were closed.
I haven't spoken with her about it today or yesterday. She acts as though nothing happened. But when she does, I will stick firm to the 1-month rule.
Yes, I am here legally, but I believe that if I no longer work for my employer, the visa is no longer valid (however, I can still stay for the 90-days as a tourist). I am thinking about going around to hotels/resorts/restaurants/etc and just asking if they need help, as MusicChick suggested.
I have been to all of the Au Pair websites, and have done as much as I can there. Just waiting....
Are you a male? Because if you are a male, I have to say it is bit difficult to find a job fast. Keep searching!
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Old 31.03.2011, 14:32
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Yes, I am male. I know there are fewer people out there looking for a male au pair, but hopefully I'll find something.
I went to the Gemeinde today, but they didn't say much. They said I had a right to be there for 30 more days, and to be paid for them, but that there wasn't much they could do to to enforce that, or the other terms of the contract. But someone else will be getting back with me with more information. Hopefully that will be helpful!
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Re: Sticky au pair situation

I understand your plight. Have you try going to some Employment Temporary Bureau in person(donot just email your documents)? They can fix you up with little jobs even though it is temporary (especially with your work expereince here)until you get what you want. German knowledge may be required. I am saying this based on the fact that you are legally here and might have right to work.
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Old 31.03.2011, 15:14
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Did you check www.greataupair.com ? Because I just did a search and there are families that accept a male au pair.
You should check it.
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Old 31.03.2011, 15:32
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Re: Sticky au pair situation

Go to www.jobup.ch , tick hospitality/travel/restaurants I think that's the category, and see. It is also in English. Then, go one by one. I saw some suitable ads, and I am sure some companies would gladly employ a guy since they might have a lot of female applicants already. Good luck!
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Old 31.03.2011, 23:02
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Re: Sticky au pair situation

I can recomend www.newaupair.com
It's super and a man contacted me to work in Basel as an aupair but I can't do it anymore. Ill have a quick look for his email and send you it in a private message.

I don't know if I would want to stay in a family where I wasn't welcome. Do you have any friends you can stay with for the time being? will you be employable as an aupair again or did you mess up?
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Old 31.03.2011, 23:23
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Did you check www.greataupair.com ? Because I just did a search and there are families that accept a male au pair.
You should check it.
Website is excellent. JW you are also welcome to join my babysitting club, might get you some extra babysitting evenings. ( Zurich based)
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You have legal rights, fight this! You deserve better!
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Re: Sticky au pair situation

Thank you all so much! Earlier tonight, I actually got a phone call from my future host family! We found each other on easyaupair.com, I believe. I will be moving there in Mid-April.
I visited the Gemeinde earlier today, but not as much luck there as I would have liked. They said there really wasn't much they could do to MAKE her follow the stipulations in the contract. But, they said if she doesn't, there is a special court I can go to that deals with work and contract laws.
Thank you for your help! I will look into these recent websites, just incase this doesn't pull though, though.
Thanks again for all your help!
JW
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Old 01.04.2011, 08:28
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Thank you all so much! Earlier tonight, I actually got a phone call from my future host family! We found each other on easyaupair.com, I believe. I will be moving there in Mid-April.
I visited the Gemeinde earlier today, but not as much luck there as I would have liked. They said there really wasn't much they could do to MAKE her follow the stipulations in the contract. But, they said if she doesn't, there is a special court I can go to that deals with work and contract laws.
Thank you for your help! I will look into these recent websites, just incase this doesn't pull though, though.
Thanks again for all your help!
JW
Great news then! True, just in case it doesn't work out with this family , you should have an eye on the other websites also.
I hope things will get better for you!
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Old 03.05.2011, 15:05
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Re: Sticky au pair situation

Did you find a family?
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Re: Sticky au pair situation

I did! I have actually been with them for nearly a month! We live near Lausanne, and I registered with the immigration office yesterday! However, there is still a problem or 2 to work out with the old family. But now that I'm registered, I can phone the R.E.V., immigration office, etc regarding the issues (one is my plane ticket home: the old family was required to pay for my roundtrip airfare, but now she doesn't want to. She says it will be cheaper last-minute, and that she will buy it then....but I'm SURE that last-minute tickets in July WON'T be cheap! So she will back out of that. So I need to call the REV to double check that she is required to pay for the ticket. because my new family isn't)
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Re: Sticky au pair situation

You could ask the Gemeinde which court to go through. Your employer might be a bit more ethical if she knows that you will take action against her. Perhaps a registered letter reminding her of her obligations and of the appropriate court will be a kick in the pants. At the moment, they may assume they can do as they please and no one will find out. If you were hired via an agency, have you reported the family to the agency you were hired through?
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Re: Sticky au pair situation

Thank you, Where2! Yes, I will call the R.A.V. (Regional employment center, http://www.rav-zg.ch/) soon, now that I am registered. And maybe have a lawyer friend from the States send her a letter. I know the lawyer thing wouldn't ACTUALLY do anything, but the other host-mom is quite paranoid, so it could maybe scare her into getting the ticket.
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Waw! I'm glad you found a family!
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