The term “Au pair” comes from the French languages and means “at par” or “by mutual agreement”. It is a young person aged 18 to 29, who travels abroad for a temporary period of time and lives with a host family. He/she helps the Host Family with childcare and light housework and in exchange he/she gets the home, language and culture exchange and invaluable experience.
No, an Au Pair is not an employee. Au Pair comes to the Host Family as a family member. It has to be treaten as the eldest sister or brother. It is not a wage work, when you get a salary for your job, our program is focused on language and culture exchange and mutual benefit.
No, we don’t have any restrictions, however most of the families require girls being their Au Pair. But it doesn’t mean that we cannot find the right family for males. Some families with boy kids prefer the male Au Pairs to take care of them.
There must be a signed written agreement between the host family and the au pair outlining the obligations of both parties. In addition, the sponsoring organizations generally require the host family and the au pair to sign.