What is the Au-Pair program?
The Au-Pair program is an international cultural exchange that gives the possibility to young people living abroad in a host family house, learn more about a different culture and improve their skills in a foreign language. The term “au-pair” from French means “on equal terms”, signifying that au-pair and host family treat each other as equals and live as a family.
Who is an au-pair?
An au-pair is a young person (female or male) between 17 and 30 years old who stays with a local host family, learns their language and culture in exchange for help with childcare and household responsibilities. An au-pair gets free accommodation, regular meals and pocket money for personal expenses.
Your family will get to know more about another country and culture.
You will tell about your culture and history of the country, about traditions, way of life and thinking, which will contribute to intercultural development.
More free time, as au-pair lives with your family, you can delegate some of your childcare and household routine.
An au-pair for a full and long time is more affordable than a nanny for an hour. Inviting an au-pair each year from different countries will raise the cultural awareness and tolerance among children.
What can an au-pair help you with?
Whether you have infants, toddlers, school age children or children with special needs, our au-pairs have a variety of skills and experience.
– Infant care
– Cooking meals and feeding kids
– Managing bedtime and nap routines
– Helping with bathing, dressing and grooming
– Organizing learning activities and playtime
– Driving children to school and activities
– Doing the children’s laundry
– Homework and tutoring help
– Keeping kids active with outdoor activities and sports
– Age-appropriate activities
– Maintaining order in the house
– Keeping kids play areas tidy
– Dusting, vacuum, wet cleaning
– Shopping in a supermarket
– Taking care of pets
– And others
You need to have at least one child under the age of 16.
Homelike space & full board
You have to provide your au-pair with a private accommodated room.
You need to provide au-pair with at least 3 meals a day and au-pair must have free access to food at any time.
Monthly pocket money
You will have to pay a monthly amount of pocket money as per your country program standards. You as a host family are not allowed to deduct any of the boarding costs from the au-pair’s pocket money.
Au-pair needs to attend a language course within the Au-Pair program. In some countries, the host family shares the expenses of the language course or pays the full amount. It depends on the program policy in each country.
Days off and vacation
Au-pair has 2-5 weeks of paid vacation during one year of stay plus weekly days off. Number of vacation weeks depends on the program policy in each country.
Host family needs to provide au-pair with health insurance, provide full or partial insurance coverage. In Austria, Sweden and Spain, au-pair pays for the insurance on her/his own.
You can invite only an au-pair of a different nationality than your own to respect the cultural exchange aspect.
– We select au-pairs according to the necessary competencies that meet the needs of your family and in particular the needs of the child (for example, in case of the necessity of a special care).
– We advise and help in preparing a set of documents from your and au-pair’s side for inviting an au-pair, obtaining a visa and an ID Card after au-pair’s arrival to your country.
– We support both parties daily for the first 14 days of adaptation, help to organise au-pair’s schedule correctly and build connections with kids. Your personal coordinator is also the personal coordinator of your au-pair, thus it is easy and fast to discuss any issue at once.
– We help to solve simple conflicts between the au-pair and your family, to clarify misunderstandings, that serves as a prevention from unresolved conflicts and mutual grievances.
– We conduct mediation to resolve complex and protracted conflicts, as we understand perfectly well that the constant change of au-pairs is stressful for the family and especially for the children.
Au-Pair - is a purposeful girl who has an active life position and is looking for opportunities for personal development.
How do we prepare our professional au-pairs?
Our au-pairs are prepared by a team of child psychologists, mediators, pediatric nurses, foreign language teachers and experienced au-pair tutors.
We pay special attention to the formation of the necessary competencies in au-pairs, who can perform their responsibilities for caring for children, can easily adapt in another country, and be able to prevent conflicts and misunderstandings in the family.
- Au-pairs understand parents’ and kids’ needs
- Au-pairs can answer about 1000 children's questions
- Au-pairs know how to inspire kids by playing games
- Au-pairs are assistants for parents and mentors for kids
By reading our articles, you will know: how to prepare children for a meeting with au-pair, how to accept a person from a different culture into your family and maintain friendly relations for a whole au-pair year, how to draw up a plan for adapting au-pair, the rights and responsibilities of au-pair and host family, how to plan an au-pair work schedule correctly that she has the opportunity to study a foreign language and culture, how to explain the rules of your family and the methods of raising children, how to correctly set tasks for au-pair, how to give feedback and analyze au-pair work, how to avoid interpersonal and intercultural conflicts, tips, check-list, instructions, host family cases, advises, recommendations and a lot more.All posts
Inviting a competent au-pair is a really great way to balance your family life. Please send us a request and you will get at once full information about our services.