What is an Au Pair?
An Au Pair ꟷFrench term that means "equal to"ꟷ refers to a young person (usually a woman) that wishes to learn or improve their language skills. To do so, the Au Pair lives for some time with a Host Family, helping them with childcare and some light household chores.
Being an Au Pair is not considered a job and, therefore, it is not considered domestic labour. It is a cultural exchange regulated by an international agreement in which both the Host Family and the Au Pair agree to the established conditions so the experience is a success and both parts are enriched by the program.
The Au Pair will take care of the children and will do some household chores in exchange for lodging (a private bedroom), full-board and a weekly pocket money. The Au Pair will also speak English or their mother tongue to the children while they live a wonderful linguistic immersion.
The Host Families, composed by couples with children or single parents, are looking for a young person to be part of their family, someone they can trust their children with. They are open-minded people that want to live this cultural exchange, so they are happy to live with a foreign young person and they wish the Au Pair to feel like home.
The program will only be a success if both the Host Family and the Au Pair give and take.