Au Pair – a program designed for young people who want to try themselves in traveling and staying in a different environment and the country for a period of 6 months and more.
Participants live in host families, who provide them a shelter, food and allocate funds for pocket money. Young people in their turn take care of children. During such cooperation, the Au Pair (this term is used not only to name the program but also a person who takes part in it) gets acquainted with another culture, explore the way of life of local citizens, practice the language and get a new, exciting experience for themselves.
Usually Au Pair participants work 30-45 hours a week, depending on the country. The advantage is that the host family, together with participant makes the schedule for a week and an Au Pair may make adjustments in their schedule. Usual duties may include: taking care of children (depending on age may provide or assist in doing homework, assist a child in his way to and from school or physical education), cooking with the family. Participant has one day off per week and one weekend off per month.
To become an Au Pair you should:
- 〉 Be between the ages 18 to 26 years.
- 〉 Complete high school before starting the program.
- 〉 Speak conversational English.
- 〉 Be mature, responsible, have the ability to adapt to new environments.
- 〉 Have a passion for working with children.
- 〉 Be able to provide at least two references to the experience of child care, showing at least 200 hours of experience with children.
- 〉 Must not be married or have own children.
- 〉 Have a driver’s license and be good in driving (optional).
- 〉 Have a valid passport.
- 〉 Have no criminal record.