The Au Pair works in exchange for pocket money and free room and board. Their main responsibility is to take care of the host family’s children. Alongside this, au pairs also help out with light housework. All their responsibilities form part of their daily schedule.
As well as taking care of the children, the au pair should help out with everyday household activities, e.g. setting the table, putting away the dishes from the dishwasher or looking after the family’s pet sometimes. After all, they are just like any other member of the family. Having said that, au pairs should never be regarded as housekeepers, gardeners or language teachers.
The Au Pair program provides a cultural exchange for both parties.
- Playing with the children.
- Picking up the kids from school and other activities.
- Cooking easy recipes.
- Keeping the children’s rooms tidy and clean.
- Ironing the children’s clothes and do their laundry.
- Helping the children with their homework.
- Putting the kids to sleep.
- Light shopping.
- Loading and unloading the dishwasher.
- Cleaning non-shared rooms.
- Doing laundry or ironing clothes for the whole family.
- Taking care of others’ children besides the host kids.
- Taking care of pets unless previously agreed.