The Role of Au Pair
As an Au Pair, you live as a member of an American host family, sharing in their daily life as part of their family. You become a special member of the family, not a servant.
In exchange for up to 45 hours of child care assistance that you will provide for your host family’s children each week, you will receive the following:
- Your own furnished room & meals.
- Weekly pocket money of US$195.75
- You'll have two weeks of holiday with pocket money during your year
- One entire weekend off per month, and at least one and a half continuous days free each week
- You'll have time to spend as you choose
- The opportunity to study in American classes. Part of being an Au Pair is studying at a local educational institution for 3 hours per week. Your family will help you get enrolled, and they will pay up to US $500 for your school fees, and make sure that you will have transportation to your classes.
- Meet other Au Pair exchange participants like yourself- young women and men from many countries who’ve come to your home stay community as Au Pairs as well.
An Au Pair's Typical Day - What might a typical day be like?
Here is one possible scenario:
- 7:00 A.M. Wake up.
- 8:00 A.M. Help prepare breakfast for the kids. Supervise while they eat. Make sure they are properly dressed. Accompany the oldest child to school and drop the youngest off at nursery school. Return home, straighten beds, and rinse dishes. Put in a load of children’s laundry.
- 11:30 A.M. Pick up the youngest child from nursery school. Have lunch, then play until nap time. Write letters, read books while the infant is sleeping. Then take a trip to the playground when they wake up.
- 3:00 P.M. Pick up the oldest child from school; pass by local supermarket to pick up bread and milk. Return home, prepare afternoon snack. Supervise play and homework.
- 5:00 P.M. Parents return and take over primary care of children.
- 6:30 P.M. Set table and join in family meal.
- 7:00 P.M. Leave for class at local evening school.
- 10:00 P.M. Meet friends.