1 / 18What is the literal meaning of the word “Au Pair”?
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The French term Au Pair means “equal to”, which implies that the Au Pair and the Host Family are considered on the same level, a relationship which is different from the one between employer and employee.
2 / 18What is an Au Pair?
A person that cleans the house, looks after the Host Children and lives with the Host Family
A person that looks after the Host Children full-time and lives somewhere else
A young person that helps with childcare and light housework and lives with the Host Family
A young person that cleans the house and lives somewhere else
An Au Pair is generally a young person that provides flexible childcare and helps out with light housework, such as cleaning after the kids, tidying up their rooms, helping out with the children’s laundry.
3 / 18What is the main difference between an Au Pair and a Nanny?
Nannies have at least a university degree
Au Pairs are younger and work less hours
Au Pairs are also in charge of housework
Nannies are considered employees and have to be paid minimum wage
Nannies do not take part in the Au Pair program. Instead they have to be employed under the labour law of the Host Country and have to be paid a minimum wage salary. Find out more about the differences between a Nanny and an Au Pair here.
4 / 18What is the primary benefit that an Au Pair receives?
Full board and free room
Minimum wage of the Host Country
Free language course
A free working permit
As part of the Au Pair program, an Au pair has the right to get three meals per day provided by the Host Family and her/his own room.
5 / 18Where does an Au Pair live?
With the Host Family, in her/his own room
In another flat/apartment/house paid by the Host Family
In another flat/apartment/house paid by the Au Pair
With the Host Family, in the kids’ room
One of the perks of becoming an Au Pair is to live with a Host Family without paying any rent. The Au Pair also needs to have her/his own room. There can be other agreements between the Au Pair and the Host Family, but it is important that the Au Pair has the opportunity to participate in the Host Family’s daily life and must not pay rent in any way.
6 / 18What’s the main aim of the Au Pair experience?
Living abroad without paying rent
The cultural exchange
Learning a new language
Getting cheap childcare
The main purpose of taking part in the Au Pair program is the opportunity for the Au Pair to get in close touch with another culture by living with a Host Family and for the family to host somebody from a foreign country to get to know their culture. Read more about how to integrate the two cultures in the Host Family here. Read more about how to integrate different cultures in the Host family here.
7 / 18What is an example of the Au Pair duties?
Cleaning the toilet
Cooking for everyone in the family
Hoovering the living room
Picking up the kids from school
Cleaning the house and cooking for everyone in the family are NOT part of the Au Pair’s duties. Read more about the Au Pair’s responsibilities here.
8 / 18What are the age requirements to become an Au Pair?
Between 17 - 30, but it depends on the country
Between 18 - 35, but it depends on the country
Between 18 - 25, but it depends on the country
Between 20 - 40, but it depends on the country
Find out the specific age requirements for each country here.
9 / 18What is another essential requirement to become an Au Pair?
The Au Pair must have a university degree
The Au Pair must not be married and have children
The Au Pair must obtain a working visa
The Au Pair must have a language certificate
Here you can read more about all the requirements in order to become an Au Pair.
10 / 18What is one of the main requirements to become a Host Family?
The family needs to live in a big house
The family needs to have at least 2 children younger than 18 years old
The family needs to have at least one child younger than 18 years old
The family needs to pay for travel expenses
You can read more about the requirements to become a Host Family here.
11 / 18Before starting to work together, what should the Au Pair and the Host Family do?
Book the language course
Decide who should cover the travel expenses
Buy an expensive gift for each other
Sign the Au Pair contract
Signing the Au Pair contract is crucial for the relationship between Host family and Au pair, as it is a guarantee to avoid misunderstandings in the future. You can find more information about the Au Pair contract here.
12 / 18When and where does the Au Pair eat?
In her/his own room
Before the Host Family and the kids
With the Host Family and the kids
After the Host Family and the kids
The Au Pair is allowed and encouraged to join the Host Family during mealtime.
13 / 18How much does the Au Pair work?
The Au Pair works part-time
The Au Pair works full-time
The Au Pair works overtime
The Au Pair’s working hours can be decided day-by-day
The Au Pair can work up to a certain amount of hours each week, depending on the Host Country, but it is generally considered a part-time job, which should also be planned weeks in advance. Read here to find out the maximum amount of hours allowed for each country.
14 / 18What does the Au Pair always need time to do during the day?
To clean the house
To attend a language course
To cook meals for the Host Family
To do the Host Family’s laundry
The Au Pair is entitled to have the time to attend a language course as part of the Au Pair experience. This should be discussed with the Host Family and stated in the contract.
15 / 18What else does the Au Pair NOT have to do?
Looking after other families’ children
Pick up the children from school
Help out with the kids’ laundry
Help the kids do their homework
Looking after other people’s children cannot be considered one of the Au Pair’s duties.
16 / 18What happens if the Au Pair gets ill?
She/He will receive 1/3 of her/his pocket money
She/He will not receive her pocket money
She/He will still receive her full pocket money
She/He can get fired
Au Pairs do not earn a lot of money, so when they get ill they should still be entitled to receive their full pocket money. Make sure you state these conditions in the Au Pair contract.
17 / 18Is babysitting included in the Au Pair duties?
No, it isn’t. The Host Family needs to hire somebody else
Yes if it is included in the contract, but it does not need to be paid extra
Yes, it is and does not need to be paid extra
Yes if it is included in the contract and needs to be paid extra
Babysitting can be one of the tasks performed by the Au Pair, but it is considered an extra task and should therefore be paid extra. Make sure you state in the contract how much the Au Pair should get paid for overtime.
18 / 18Ideally, what will an Au Pair become?
A full-time employee of the Host Family
A substitute for the Host Parents
A full-time housekeeper
An additional member of the Host Family
Taking part in the Au Pair program means, in many cases, becoming part of the Host Family by taking part in their activities and spending time with them.