Priceless Exchange - Demi Pair and Au-Pair Agency - Demi Pairs bring friendship as well as help and cultural exchange

“To me, having a Demi-Pair means having a friend around”...

This is one of our favourite quotes from a host family, along with: A Male Demi Pair with Pelikans

"To host a Demi-Pair, to us, means friendship.”

When we ask our host families “What’s the best part of having a Demi-Pair?” their responses almost always mention the relationships that form.

Not long ago, a Stanford University lecturer was speaking abut mind-body connection and the relationship between stress and disease. He believed failure to create and maintain quality, personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking! Apparently, one of the best things a man could do for his health was to be married to a woman. Whereas, one of the best things a woman could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her friends.

Evidence of this is reflected in testimonials from our host families:

“I really enjoy the friendship that forms…”

“The best thing about having a Demi-Pair for me is the company. We enjoy having someone around to chat with and learning about another culture while we are eating together. I also like that the Demi-Pairs are sociable and go out on the weekends so we can enjoy our own family time...

“They have all been like family to us. Our current Demi-Pair is very close in age to me and I just feel like she’s a friend or a family member.” – Shireen Hoffmann

“I really enjoy having that other person around the house and the friendship that forms. My Demi-Pairs don’t get 15 hours of work a week because I don’t have 3 hours’ worth of work a day for them... but I just enjoy their company.” - Belinda Fairclough

“Super excited! Tonight our old Demi-Pair Sally is coming over to visit and cook dinner with our new Demi-Pair Amy... I just love this program! The help is amazing, the kids love it and the friendships formed will be remembered for life... I do enjoy the company of the Koreans because they are very calm and quiet people. If your husband is working away it’s an absolute necessity to have that adult conversation.” – Jeni Langdon

Building relationships for life…

Priceless Exchange Founder Andrea Pelikan said when she and her husband Patrik started Priceless Exchange they didn’t realise how meaningful the relationships between Demi Pairs and their families would be.

“We started Priceless Exchange to give busy parents more time and make it more affordable for young people on a student or working holiday visa to live in Australia. Demi-Pairs help busy families with housework and childcare for 15 hours a week in exchange for a bedroom and meals,” Andrea said.

“Our family stays in touch with the Demi-Pairs who have lived with us and each of them has made their own unique and profound impression on our family. Besides the obvious benefits of having a Demi-Pair (extra time for you, up-to-date laundry and an always-clean house), we didn’t realise Priceless Exchange would also offer invaluable new friendships.”

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