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What is an au pair?

According to a Dutch au pair program an au pair is a boy or a girl between 18 and 31 years in the context of a cultural exchange at a temporary host family.

The au pair has shared care of children and do light domestic work in exchange for room and board and pocket money. The au pair must have the opportunity to do a (language) course and learn the culture. For the au pair it’s very important to have her own social network by meeting other au pairs. In the Netherlands an au pair is in your family for one year. In exchange for board and lodging she helps you up to 30 hours per week.

Duties of an au pair can be:
* raising and caring for the children
* babysit
* cook a simple meal
* light household tasks like laundry, ironing, vacuuming etc.

The term "Au Pair" comes from the French (‘and par’) and means "on equal foot". An au pair must be included as a member of the family and is considered to participate in family gatherings. An au pair is not a housekeeper or nanny. An au pair in your family is an excellent solution for example working parents, single parents or elderly people who want some extra help (except for Belgium).
All au pairs who are placed through our agency are carefully screened and expanded. We ensure that the needs, requirements and expectations of au pairs and host families are coordinated.

Good communication, mutual respect, understanding, openness, kindness and interest in each other’s culture, language and cuisine are the ingredients for a fine and exciting year for both parties.