Priceless Exchange - Demi Pair and Au-Pair Agency - Demi Pairs Give Time To Busy, Working Parents

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Sydney working parents are discovering the benefits of having a live-in student from overseas help them at home with housework and children for 20 hours a week in exchange for a room, meals and a cross-cultural experience. 

Priceless Exchange is looking for SydneyLangports Sydney Campus
families to host foreign students travelling to Australia to study at Pyrmont’s new Langports English Language College. Families must live within one-hour’s travel to Langports’ Darling Harbour campus at 53 Murray Street. A Demi Pair is a part-time Au Pair who volunteers for 20 hours a week with housework and child-minding in exchange for accommodation and three meals a day. Au Pair means ‘on par’ or living on an equal basis in a reciprocal relationship between the host family and a young person from a different country.

Working North Bondi mother of two Kylie Parker invited French student Adeline Grolleau into her home in October and says having a Demi-Pair has given her the flexibility to go out in the evenings and extra help with house work. “We don’t have family living nearby so to be able to go out to a movie together at night or to a yoga class while my husband is away without paying a babysitter is the best part for us. “Adeline also helps us around the house by folding laundry, feeding pets, cooking two nights a week, loading the dishwasher and doing some light cleaning. “We have drawn up a weekly schedule and shown her what to do so our communication and expectations are clear. Now my friends want a Demi Pair too!”

Priceless Exchange Founder and Director, Gold Coast-based Andrea Pelikan, said the Demi Pair program is becoming increasingly popular among overseas students who want to study English full-time in Australia and experience living with an Australian family.Andrea Pelikan

Andrea Pelikan

“The idea behind Priceless Exchange is foreign students get to live as part of an Australian family and experience our culture in a safe and affordable way while they study English. On the flip side, Australian families get to learn a new culture and get 20 hours of extra time a week in exchange,” Andrea said. When Andrea started home-schooling her three children, she realised she needed a hand to get the housework done, as well as some time out for herself and her husband. “When I came across the Demi Pair program several years ago, it totally changed my life and gave me time to concentrate on my work. When I did spend time with my children I could just be fully there for them, without the constant thoughts of the work I was supposed to do.”

Priceless Exchange started in Queensland in 2011 and has given hundreds of families millions of extra hours of valuable time for themselves. “The Demi Pair program was an epiphany for me because I realised that’s what busy working parents need,” Andrea said.

“The biggest bonus of the Demi Pair program is teaching our children about other countries and cultures. Children benefit massively having a Demi Pair from overseas. It teaches them respect, acceptance and new ways of doing things. “Hosting a Demi Pair is not only about the extra help and time families receive, it is also about creating memories. We keep in touch with all of our Demi Pairs and we have amazing memories with each one of them. For the Demi Pairs, we are their family in Australia so they will always remember us. It builds relationships for life.” Andrea moved to Australia from Switzerland in 1997 when she was 21 years old. Since becoming an Australian citizen and starting a family here, she soon realised there were major cultural differences for parents in Switzerland and Australia. “Switzerland is very community driven, so over there we have lots of help from neighbours and friends, whereas Australians tend to have less community support and more mums tend to work here as well,” Andrea said.

“For many years I worked in the health and wellness industry in Australia and constantly came across people who were seeking change and education about their wellbeing. But most people had the excuse of being time poor.

Mums and dads need time for themselves, plus they need time to spend with their children, and they need time to spend with each other. “Every family can do with some extra help and time and the added bonus of a cultural exchange,” Andrea said. For more information, contact Andrea Pelikan, Founder and Director of Priceless Exchange Au Pair and Demi Pair Agency by phone 0438 010 276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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