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Aug 27, 2022

Have you ever thought of getting an au pair? If you have a toddler or a child that needs extra care, and you are open to having a cultural exchange into your home, then getting an au pair might be a good idea. If you get your ideal match, an au pair can be like a family member and there are a lot of positives to it.


Today we have Alan W. Wiederhold with us, who is an Au Pair HostDad himself hosting Au Pairs for the last 5 years. Let's learn more about Au Pairs, how it works, and how you can find your ideal match, and some things to keep in mind when looking for an Au Pair. All this and a lot more in today's episode of Old Guy Talks To Me.


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Alan W. Wiederhold is the Executive Vice President for Evolution Healthcare. Before joining Evolution, Alan enjoyed a 20-year career as Vice President of National Account Sales for both CoreSource (now Trustmark Benefits) and Principal Financial Group. Alan is an author, national speaker, and self-proclaimed healthcare nerd focused on creating new strategies for employers.


He is also a Veteran of the US Navy, serving in both Persian Gulf Conflicts and the former Yugoslavian crisis in the Adriatic Sea. Upon his honorable discharge, Alan earned his joint Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Western Michigan University. He holds a Group Benefits Associate designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) and Wharton School of Business


Alan enjoys spending time with his college sweetheart Rachel, daughter Harper, and son Ryker.


Alan's newest venture involves helping au pairs and families navigate the process of finding a good match.


What do you do when both of you are hunting down the American dream and you have a family? Day Care, Nannies didn't work for us so we went the Au pair route.


There is a big disconnect in what au pairs think about the program and what American's think about what an Au pair does.


After 4 AuPairs, 5 years, COVID, Rematches and daily conversations, I have decided to do something about it.


I created HostDad to help AuPairs discover who they are and what they are looking for.


A bit about me (Dr. Orest Komarnyckyj):

Dr. Orest Komarnyckyj enjoyed a prestigious career as a periodontal regenerative surgeon moving to a new passion in June 2018. He retired after a 33-year career to pursue new passions. At 69 Dr. Orest has taken on a new role as an Interviewer, Podcaster and government-certified Old Guy. He streams from his new home in Las Vegas, NV. He lives with his wife of 29 years, Oksana. His status as an empty-nesters with two out of college-employed children has left him with time and energy to share decades of successes, failures, and wisdom.



00:00 - Precap

01:08 - Intro

02:16 - Guest introduction

06:30 - What's the most important thing you've done today?

08:30 - Distinction between a nanny and an au pair

10:30 - Who should consider getting an au pair?

12:12 - What questions should a family ask to themselves when they're starting to look or consider an au pair?

15:00 - Level of trust

16:40 - What should an au pair consider when they are looking for a match?

18:46 - Commercial

19:20 - Commercial ends/ how do you determine the quality organizations?

21:50 - How does the matching process work?

24:58 - Common reasons a match does not work?

26:41 - Any horror stories you heard about au pairs?

28:30 - Ratio of au pairs from male to female

29:15 - Tell us about your free book and your website

33:30 - Closing thoughts

35:02 - Outro