- Au pairs get a weekly stipend of $139, with weekends off
- Employers finance their studies, up to about $500
- They're entitled to own room and bathroom with phone, Net access
- Au pairs are expected to work no more than 45 hours a week
"Would you like to go to the United States?" he asked.
"Yes," she replied, without a thought.
That's no line from an M&B novel—nor even a headhunter lassoing in a potential recruit. But it's no less life-altering for that. This
brief telephone call turned the universe around for 22-year-old Elizabeth Seema Manuel. A talk with her father that finally saw her 15,000 km away from her hometown, the sleepy port-city of Kochi, to where she is now—in Hudsonville, Michigan. It's a family conversation, replayed ever so often in Indian homes of late, that signals the onset of a delicate process that involves separation, exile and a whole new...