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Au Pairs take care of the children in a carefully screened host family and tutor them in English during scheduled hours. These scheduled hours are agreed upon between the au pair and host family in advance. Au Pairs help the children with their homework and assist in keeping children’s rooms and play areas clean. They prepare snacks and meals for the children, and drop them off or pick them up from school or activities.

Having an au pair job abroad allows you to use the experience you already have with child care to travel and get paid. Yes, you'll provide child care. But as a native-English speaker, you'll also be speaking to the family in English. The children's grades will improve, and the entire family will improve their English. You will learn their language too. Also, the stipend you receive and days off you can travel. Au Pair hours are from 20 to 35 hours a week.

Your host family is screened carefully. Also, you have the ultimate safety net: local coordinators and full-time staff in-country you can call on anytime. All of this to ensure you have a safe, comfortable environment and that your host family is a suitable host. Receive a clear set of guidelines and expectations that are set with your host family. Through monthly meetups with other au pairs, make new friends during your time abroad.

 Some countries require you to take language courses to work legally. Au Pairs receive a private room to call their own plus all of their meals. Au Pairs also receive a weekly or monthly stipend and agreed upon days off.

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Don't fly thousands of miles from your family and friends without insisting on 100% of these services. If the matching service you're looking at doesn't measure up, choose another company.

Insist On These Services

As you do your research into going abroad to be an au pair, there must be 3 things that happen:

  1. You must be qualified.
  2. You need a carefully screened host family who is clear on expectations, days off, benefits and payment for your services.
  3. You have to be able to work legally.

Make sure you receive the following services and don't settle:

  • You must have complete access to families looking at your profile. Call them, email them or Skype with them to make sure it's a great match.
  • Make sure someone can review the contract you'll sign with the host family. It needs to tell you what exactly is expected of you, how many hours a week you'll work, how much time off you'll have and how much you'll be paid and when. And make sure that someone will be there to intervene if the contract is violated.
  • Insist that your host family is screened and vetted by a professional. You're committing to working for a family. Make sure you're going to be safe, that you're going to be accepted as a member of the family, that no one in the family has done anything illegal.
  • What happens if there are issues you simply cannot fix? Make sure there is someone in your area who can help you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Are there ways you can meet-up with other au pairs?
  • Don't just email your profile (with personal information) to a batch of host families. Make sure someone is going to personally deliver your profile to a carefully screened host family who respects privacy.
  • What happens if you need a new host family? DO NOT accept an au pair job without knowing the policy on emergency host families and getting rematched.