An au pair is a single person without children aged between 18 and 30 who decides to live abroad with a host family for a defined period., an au pair takes care of the family's children and small household chores.
An au pair is a young girl who becomes a member of a family for a certain time, it is a mode of childcare with the principle of the au pair which has many advantages, in addition to bringing to the whole family a new face, it becomes a very indispensable family support.
The purpose of an au pair stay is cultural exchange, in addition, the au pair should have the opportunity to improve their language skills by taking a language course, however it is better for the young au pair to have acquired basic knowledge of the language of the host country before starting their stay.
An au pair role doesn’t apply when looking after children in the own country of the au pair girl as it is not considered an au pair stay.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF AN AU PAIR GIRL?
An au pair is sometimes also called a "home help trainee", her role is to take care of the children: an au pair feeds, changes, plays, and watches over the children of a family where she is staying. She also tidies up their rooms and takes care of the laundry.
The au pair should not be considered as a domestic employee but as a member of the family: she does not have to do household chores for the whole family. If she wishes, she can cook or shop.
THE RIGHTS AND BENEFITS OF AN AU PAIR
An au pair must be fed and housed and have the opportunity to take language courses in the country at a recognized school or university.
AU PAIR ACCOMMODATION
The au pair will benefit, under the roof of the host family, from a personal and comfortable room and all amenities, also the au pair will share meals and sometimes leisure.
AU PAIR 'WORK' SCHEDULE
An au pair can be hosted for a period ranging from 9 to 18 months. She will work 5 hours a day, or 30 hours a week. A day and a half of compulsory weekly rest will be allocated to him.
SALARAY, REMUNERATION, PAYMENT, POCKET MONEY FOR AN AU PAIR
The remuneration of an au pair is fixed by the European legislation in force and amounts to 80 Euros per week.
HEALTH INSURANCE FOR AN AU PAIR
Au pairs working in Europe must be affiliated to the general social security system and their host family must pay the contributions unless these au pairs are covered by a social security system in another country. Member State of the European Union.
The host family will have to establish a work contract with the local labor authorities who are responsible for issuing a work permit to the au pair.
HOW TO FIND AN AU PAIR AND HOW TO BECOME AN AU PAIR?
To find an au pair or to become an au pair yourself, better than the classifieds, it is better to use placement agencies that make a selection of both au pairs and host families.
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