The word au pair comes from the French term, au pair, which basically translates to ‘on par’ or ‘equal to’.
The relationship between the au pair and host family is one of equals, as a member of the family, rather than an employed domestic worker.
Au pairs are from a foreign country and are seeking the unique cultural experience of living with a host family and sharing in daily family life.
Where they speak a language different to the host country, the au pair experience also provides the chance to improve foreign language skills.
Au pairs help the family with childcare and light housework in exchange for their bedroom, meals (room and board) and weekly pocket money.
An au pair completes around 25 – 35 hours of duties per week, including time off to travel and sightsee.
Because au pairs provide live-in childcare assistance, they offer ultimate flexibility, caring for your children at times that suit your schedule.