Nicole Kofkin on BAPAA Board
Au Pair Agency Association (BAPAA) has asked Nicole Kofkin to join the board
and the invitation was made official with an appointment during the AGM on 8
is proud to be a member of the Trade Association for au pairs and is now
looking forward to contribute to enhancing standards for the industry.
On her appointment
to the board of BAPAA, Nicole Kofkin comments;
All of the host
families really appreciate that we are members of BAPAA, they are looking for
quality and security and this is why families come to a trusted agency. Smart
families are very aware of the risks of using the internet or an unregulated
agency to recruit au pairs.
I believe BAPAA has
a fundamental role in taking the au pair experience forward. It is an exciting
time with new opportunities and lots to learn. BAPAA is working with ECAPS to
achieve pan-European standards for the au pair experience, making sure it is
valued as a real cultural exchange program. Other countries, like the Netherlands,
have already implemented the ECAPS standards and are working closely with the
Dutch immigration and visa authorities. Their efforts mean that Dutch families
are able to host au pairs from a much wider range than families in Britain, for example a Brazilian au pair or au
pair from Sri Lanka.
Sharing knowledge and
ideas with other members is equally vital. As a strong network of experts, you
are able to face future challenges and turn them into opportunities. Au pairs
are not always aware of the risks of finding you own host family. If you are
placed by a BAPAA agent you will have access to a 24 hour helpline, an
excursion program, a online ‘find a friend’ website for au pairs and much more.
We need to make sure the benefits are communicated to all prospective au pairs.
And the future of
the British Au Pair Agency Association?
The au pair
experience is a fantastic opportunity for intelligent and ambitious young
people to broaden their horizons. Who knows, in the next few years more
countries may join the au pairs scheme, from further afield possibly.