What is the Au Pair program?
The Au Pair program is an international cultural exchange that gives the possibility to young people to spend some time abroad, learn more about a different culture, improve their skills in a foreign language in exchange for help with duties related to childcare. The term “au pair” from French means “on equal terms”, signifying that Au-Pair and Host Family treat each other as equals.
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 accommodation, regular meals and pocket money for personal expenses.
Au-Pair is neither a cleaning lady nor a full time nanny!
What does it mean for you?
More free time
As the Au-Pair lives with your family, you have the flexibility to assign responsibilities to her any time of the day upon your necessity within the maximum allowed number of working hours.
An Au-Pair is more affordable than a nanny or nurseries.
Your family will get to know more about another country and culture. You will also raise the cultural awareness and tolerance in the children.
When you host one of UAPA’s carefully screened Au-Pairs, you’ll receive consistent live-in childcare from a sweet girl who has great experience and loves children. Our professional Au-Pair will provide you with the following benefits:
– Up to 30 hours of childcare per week (no more than 6 hours per day)
– Individualized care based on your children’s needs
– Consistency of care and household routine
– Care for multiple children and varying age ranges
– Cultural exchange and exposure to new customs and languages
THE BEST CARE FOR YOUR FAMILY
Whether you have infants, toddlers, school age children or children with specials needs, our Au-Pairs have a variety of skills and experience. They can be responsible for childcare and related tasks such as:
– Infant care including bottle feeding, diapering and cuddling
– Meal preparation and feeding
– 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 and keeping their play areas tidy
– Homework and tutoring help
– Keeping kids active with outdoor activities and sports
– Age-appropriate activities
Please read requirements and obligations Host Family has to meet.
– To hire an Au-Pair, you need to have at least one child under the age of 18 as a rule.
– Individual Au-Pair room in your home
– You have to provide your future Au-Pair with a private accommodated room that meets basic criteria of the Au-Pair program.
Since the Au-Pair will live with your family, you need to provide her with at least 3 meals a day. In addition to this, you must provide the Au-Pair with free access to food at any time.
Monthly pocket money
You will have to pay the weekly/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.
Your family can speak on several languages but spoken language at home must be the state language of the country, as the main goal of the Au-Pair program is cultural exchange and foreign language learning. According to the official program requirements, the Au-Pair will have to learn or improve her knowledge of the host country’s language. To make it possible, you need to speak this language at home.
You can invite only Au-Pair of a different nationality than your own to respect the cultural exchange aspect.
Similarly to the Au Pair, you as a Host Family also need to fulfill the Au-Pair program obligations.
Provide a homelike space & full board for the Au-Pair
The Au-Pair will live with you and will be considered a family member with the same rights.
Respect weekly limit of working hours
The Au-Pair has a maximum number of working hours per week depending on the host country. As a rule, they vary from 20 to 45 hours and must not exceed the maximum limit.
Pay pocket money on time
The Au-Pair will get a monthly or weekly amount of pocket money from the Host Family. Make sure the amount of money corresponds to the host country program standards. We do recommend the Au-Pair to open a bank account in the host country so that the Host Family can easily transfer the money monthly or weekly.
Give your Au-Pair time to attend a language course
Au-Pair needs to attend a language course during her stay abroad. Make sure your Au-Pair has a schedule that allows her to attend a language course. The Host Family also needs to cover transportation costs necessary to get to the language school. In some countries, the Host Family shares the expenses of the language course or pay full amount. It depends on the program policy in each country.
Respect days off and vacation policy during the stay
The Au-Pair has at least 2-5 weeks of paid vacation during a one year stay plus weekly days off. If you decide to invite your Au-Pair to join them during their family holidays, both Au-Pair and you should agree in advance if that counts as working hours or a holiday.
In many countries, the Host Family will need to provide the Au-Pair with health insurance or pay for the basic medical expenses in case of illness, injury, pregnancy or birth.
After reading the information about the Au-Pair program, the benefits and requirements of inviting an Au-Pair, you have taken a decision that the Au-Pair program as a cost-effective and great child care solution for your family.
So, below you will find 5 steps you need to do for hosting our Au-Pair. Please take into consideration that you will have a personal coordinator, who will consult and support you on every step, answer for all your questions and help with choosing an Au-Pair, conducting interview, preparing documents for visa, supporting you and your Au-Pair during the program.
1. SEND A REQUEST
Send us a request for getting a host-family application form. No fee to apply. You register on our organization for free. You pay only after match.
We will send you an application form. Fill in English the information about your family, add some pictures to make your profile more interactive. Write your expectations from your future Au-Pair and what responsibilities you would like her to share.
2. AU-PAIR MATCH
After getting your application form, we will begin the search for the Au-Pair girl who best suits your family’s needs. The time of selection depends on different factors. If you can split the difference, for example, you can accept girl with high level of child care experience but with poor or moderate level of your language, then it can take just several days. If not, the searching time of “ideal au-pair” can take more time. Any way we strongly recommend to start the process as earlier as you can, due to matching and visa getting time.
– After getting Au-Pair`s profiles and shortlisting the most suitable Au-Pair candidates, it is important to arrange a live video-call with them. This way you will get to know each other better and understand who will be the most suitable Au-Pair for your family.
– Conduct a video-interview. We will send you also a guide how to make an interview and what questions you have to ask your potential Au-Pair.
4. SIGN THE CONTRACT
After negotiation process and when you have a match with our Au-Pair, sign the contract with us, make payment and close other formalities.
UAPA – Host Family contract is a document containing the most important details of cooperation between us, Au-Pair and you as a Host Family. It can help you avoid many possible misunderstandings and problems during the Au Pair stay.
After both parties sign the contract, we send you an invoice, you make a payment and we start the process of preparing set of documents for Au-Pair Visa. You, during this time continue your friendly communication with your sweet Au-Pair.
5. AU PAIR’S ARRIVAL
– Once visa is ready and all formalities are set, discuss with your Au-Pair arriving details.
– Meet your Au-Pair and enjoy your cultural experience.
You will have the support from your personal coordinator who will help you and your Au-Pair have a great Au-Pair experience. All our girls – coordinators were Au-Pair, some of them 2-3 times, so they can offer you firsthand advice. The personal coordinator plays an important role and will be your first point of contact for support on the program for any issue.
Your personal coordinator will:
– Contact you and interview your family
– Search an Au-Pair for your needs
– Help you with preparation set of documents
– Contact you during the first 48 hours after your Au-Pair’s arrival
– Speak with you and your Au-Pair on a monthly basis
– Answer your questions and provide support as needed
Your personal coordinator is also the personal coordinator of your Au-Pair
– During the program she will be in contact with your Au-Pair all the time
– Au-Pair will be added to our local and worldwide Au-Pair communities
– Coordinator will organize social events for your Au-Pair
– Coordinator will provide for your Au-Pair informational, legal and psychological support
How long does it take to match with an Au-Pair?
Depending on your family’s needs and timing, it can take as little as two days to find a match once you start the interviewing process. Our selection of qualified, pre-screened Au-Pairs are ready to interview and new profiles become available all the time. We’d be happy to speak with you about your needs and timing to help you find your ideal candidate.
How soon can my Au-Pair arrive to our family?
It depends on a country where you live. Once you match, it will take between 2 weeks till 4-5 months for your Au-Pair to arrive. During this time, we will support your Au-Pair with pre-arrival logistics such as booking flights and assisting with the visa process.
Do all Au-Pairs speak English?
Yes, all Au-Pairs speak conversational English. We verify each applicant’s English abilities during the application process. You will also have the opportunity to interview potential Au-Pair to make sure you are comfortable with her English abilities.
Can Au-Pairs care for infants?
Yes, many of our Au-Pairs are qualified and enjoy caring for infants. Au-Pairs may not be the sole caregiver until the child is at least three months old.
Do you have Au-Pairs who are qualified to care for children with special needs?
Yes, we do have Au-Pairs who are experienced caring for a variety of special needs situations.
Do Au-Pairs drive?
Most our Au-Pair applicants have a valid driver’s license.
Why do Au-Pairs participate in the program?
Our Au-Pair-girls are excited to travel to Europe and experience european culture. Since they love children and have experience caring for them, living and working as an Au-Pair is a great way for these adventurous young women to gain insight into europaen way of life, share their culture with their host family, and have an amazing “gap year” experience. Au-Pairs are also interested in improving their English and other language gaining valuable work experience for their future. The Au-Pair program allows girls to provide childcare to host families and participating in a true cultural exchange experience.
What if something goes wrong?
If you feel something isn’t working or have a problem, please contact your personal coordinator for advice and assistance. In many instances, issues between families and Au-Pairs can be resolved by talking through a situation. If a situation isn’t able to be resolved, our team will work closely with you and your au pair to re-match.
Can we share an Au-Pair’s services with another family?
No, the program is designed for an au pair to live with and care for one family’s children.
Can we travel with our Au-Pair?
Au-Pairs love to travel and explore new places while on the program. They can be a big help to traveling families. You’ll need to ensure that your Au-Pair has private accommodations during your travels and that the Au-Pair`s visa allows her to leave and re-enter the Europe if traveling internationally.
We have a big guide with most common questions regarding inviting Au-Pair, we kindly send it you after your first request by e-mail.
WHY OUR AU-PAIR GIRLS?
Au-Pair - is a purposeful girl who has an active life position and is looking for opportunities for personal development.
Why our Au-Pair is professional Au-Pair?
We are very selective about who is accepted into our program. Every Au-Pair completes an extensive application and undergoes a thorough background check and in-person interview. This information is available to families during the matching process.
Every Au-Pair attends our Au-Pair School. It is 4 months preparation an online course where girls prepare for Au-Pair program. They study: Au-Pair rights and obligations; age psychology; developing games; first aid; preventing conflicts; the difference between cultures; trafficking prevention; integration in a new country and much more. Including individual language courses. We teach 10 languages.
- Our Au-Pairs fully understand rules of Au-Pair Program
- Our Au-Pairs have proven childcare experience
- Our Au-Pairs become good friends for the host family
- Our Au-Pairs is the solution and not an additional problem
- Our Au-Pairs strive to leave a positive mark on the child’s life
- Our Au-Pairs are flexible, responsible, active but patient girls
Au-Pairs - don't just work for a host family, they become a real part of the family, building a valuable relationship with children and parents that often last long after the program has ended.
Hiring an Au-Pair is a really great way to balance your family life. Our Au-Pairs will provide you with great help in solving your everyday tasks, with your children and activities related to your household.
of happy families
and our Au-Pairs!