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An au pair is a young foreign person who works for and lives as part of a host family. Very often an au pair becomes a ‘big sister’ within a host family and will usually eat meals with the family and join in many of the family activities and outings.

WHAT IS AN AU PAIR?

An au pair is a young foreign person who works for and lives as part of a host family. Very often an au pair becomes a ‘big sister’ within a host family and will usually eat meals with the family and join in many of the family activities and outings.

Au pairs travel to another country to improve their foreign language skills and to gain a new cultural experience. An au pair will take on a share of the day-to-day duties of the family in exchange for board and pocket money.

As you will be living with your host family is very important to discuss and agree your duties and responsibilities with them from the very beginning. An au pair often decides to accept or turn down an offer based on the duties that the host family expects of her.

An au pair is expected to help out with the day-to-day running of the household but her main responsibility is to help with the kids.

Below are some of the duties that you may be asked to carry out by your host family.

Getting the children ready for the day including washing and dressing them

Bringing the children to and from school

Bringing the children to after-school activities

Helping them with their homework

Playing games and doing activities such as painting, baking, etc. with the children

Doing a small amount of grocery shopping

Preparing the children’s snacks and  light meals and feeding them

Light housework such as tidying, cleaning, hoovering, emptying the dishwasher, etc.  

Each family is individual and will have different working requirements of their au pair. It is important that a working schedule be agreed from the very beginning so that no misunderstandings occur.

Your working schedule must be arranged so that you can also attend language classes in your free time. You cannot be asked to work at the times of your language classes.

As an au pair you can expect to:

Work up to around 25 -  35 hours per week

Do two evenings of babysitting per week (with a maximum of one of these to be at the week-end)

Have one full day and 2 half days off or 2 full days off per week and one full weekend off per month (from Friday evening to Monday morning).

Have 5 free evenings per week

Get paid holidays each year

Working hours and paid holidays vary from country to country.

HOW CAN I INCREASE MY CHANCES OF FINDING A FAMILY?

Look for a good Au Pair company to help you to find a perfect host family and to give you full support during your experience.

Always write your profile in the language of the country in which you want to be an au pair. Always add a minimum of 1 photo to your profile, with children if possible. Add as much information about yourself as possible including: why you want to be an au pair, your childcare experience, your educational background, what you will do when you finish being an au pair, what family you have including brothers and sister and your hobbies.

If you do not have childcare experience, try to get some childcare experience before looking for an au pairing position. Ideally you should have intermediate level of language of the country you are going to. If you do not have an intermediate level of the language, it is worth attending classes until you reach this stage.

If you smoke this is a good time to give up smoking. Non-smoking au pairs have a much greater chance of finding a family than those who do smoke. Keep an open mind. The more open you are to the location of a host family, the ages of the children, the number of children etc. the more likely you are to find a family.

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