MODERN AU-PAIR AGENCY
The French term Au-Pair means “equal to” or “on par”, referring to the fact that the Au-Pair becomes part of a host family and has similar duties to those imposed on older siblings. The first Au-Pairs appeared in the 1960s in France, where the young British Au-Pairs have started to come. First international agreement which regulated an Au-Pair placement (European Agreement on Au Pair Placement) was originally signed in Strasbourg, France in 1969. Currently, the Au-Pair Program is carried out in most countries at almost all continents.
The Au-Pair stay is a great experience for both Au-Pairs and host families. Helping with homework, reading bedtime stories, playing with kids, taking them to the park: an Au-Pair helps host family through their daily routine with the children and supports them with household tasks. In return, host family integrates Au-Pair into family life and host country’s culture, offers free boarding and lodging as well as pocket money.
WHAT IS AU-PAIR?
Au-Pair is an unmarried young adult aged 18 to 30 years, who has no children and travels to a foreign country for a defined period of time to live with a host family. The main purpose of the Au-Pair placement is a cultural exchange, which gives the Au-Pair an opportunity to improve his or her language skills.
The Au-Pair is considered as a full member of the family during the entire stay. As such, Au-Pair helps the family with childcare and can be asked to perform some light household tasks. Despite providing this support, Au-Pairs should not be considered as domestic help, nor as cleaners, language teachers, carers for the elderly, dog sitters or seasonal workers.
Host families cannot expect their Au-Pairs to have a pedagogical training or formal childcare qualifications and thus to be childcare professionals. Au-Pairs should be regarded as temporary family members who, like any family member, pitch in to make family life better and more enjoyable for all.
Au-Pair placement is not an employment offer, Au-Pairs don’t receive a salary, but an agreed amount of pocket money from the host family which varies according to the relevant host country and partly depends on Au-Pair’s working hours and duties. The amount of pocket money and working hours are defined by the regulations of the respective host country.
Graduation from high school may be an opportunity to travel abroad, discover the world and other countries’ cultures. There is no better chance to make your dreams of travelling come true than becoming the Au-Pair. Being the Au-Pair, you can gain the unique experiences that will certainly be appreciated by your future employer.
Our modern Au-Pair agency enables people from all over the world to experience living in a foreign-language family. The Au-Pair stay can be especially attractive to people who are passionate about specific countries or languages!