What is an “au pair” anyway?

Au pairs are caring and committed, adventurous and educated young people (18 – 26 years old) from abroad. They are eager to experience American culture while sharing their own unique backgrounds. In exchange for the privilege of living in an American home as a family member, they provide with up to 45 hours per week of personalized and loving childcare. “Au Pair” is a French word and means “in par”… part of the family!

Responsibilities:

  • Provide flexible in-home care and personalized child supervision.
  • Arrange weekly working hours to suit your family’s scheduling needs.
  • Assist you with light household duties such as preparing your children’s meals and helping them keep their rooms neat.
  • Oversee and enrich your children’s playtime with international games, stories, and activities.
  • Supervise your older children during their after school hours and summer breaks and drive children to school, activities, and appointments.
  • Expose your family to another language and culture and teach your children international customs and traditions.
  • Schedule and Time Off

    Au pairs provide childcare for up to 10 hours a day and up to 45 hours per week. The schedule can be very flexible and be adjusted each week by the host family, depending on what appointments or obligations they have that week. An au pair can work split shifts and some hours on the week-end as long as they have a consecutive day and a half off each week and one full weekend off each month. Au pairs receive two weeks of paid vacation during their year as well.

    Experience and Infant Care

    All au pairs are required to have at least 200 hours of documents childcare experience, matching references,  clear criminal background check, a driver’s license, be fluent in English, and they have to hold at least a high-school diploma.
    Au pairs who are 19 years old or older and who have at least 200 hours of experience with a child under the age of two are able to care for children under the age of two, however, au pairs cannot be the left alone as the sole caregiver for an infant under the age of three months, in accordance with the U.S. Department of State regulations.

    Length of Stay

    Your au pair lives with you as a member of your family for one year with the option to extend for an additional 12, 9 or 6 months with the same or a different host family. Your children benefit from a one-to-one relationship with a committed and caring live-in companion while your entire family enjoys a cultural exchange experience.

    Costs

    Regardless of the number of children in your family, the average weekly cost is just $340, which includes the application fee, program fee and your au pair’s weekly stipend.

    For any questions or to discuss your individual needs, just click on “contact” and e-mail me with a good phone number and time to reach you!

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    About FrenchNad

    English to French Translator & Interpreter; blogging at lemotdubonjour.com about a French word of the day, the challenges of interpreting and translating, and my adventures in Oregon!
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