The Au Pair contract is a legal document that can help you avoid many possible misunderstandings and problems during the Au Pair stay, as well as to protect yourself if something goes wrong. The contract mentions all the important details and expectations that are discussed between an Au Pair and a Host Family.
If you think that you have already found your ideal Au Pair or Host Family on AuPair.com, don't forget to arrange a video interview via Skype to get to know each other better.
Before signing the contract, discuss all the details during the video-interview. It will help you formulate your expectations towards each other! Read more
Travel expenses: who will pay for the Au Pair's travel expenses?
Cancellation of contract: what is the notice period in case of the cancellation of the contract?
Costs for the visa: who will pay for visa expenses?
You can download the standard Au Pair Contract template and modify it according to your case and needs. If a participant needs to apply for a visa to become an Au Pair in the target host country, he/she will need a signed contract to prove the future Au Pair stay at the host country's embassy placed in the Au Pair's country of origin. The Host Family should print out the contract, sign it and send it in order for the Au Pair to start the visa application.
Check here the Model Text of Au Pair Service Contract approved by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 18 January 1972 (do not forget this is not a contract of employment!).
Termination of the Au Pair contract
If there was a serious problem during the Au Pair stay or there was an emergency where one of the parties needs to leave, you would have to consider the termination of the contract.
If you decide to terminate the contract, respect the notice period. As a rule it is two weeks. During this time both the Au Pair and the Host Family can find a plan B. To avoid misunderstandings, discuss important details before the Au Pair arrival to the host country.
If the Au Pair comes to the host country through a full-service agency, he/she needs to inform the responsible organization. The full-service agency will help to find a solution. If the Au Pair finds the Host Family online, he/she can activate the profile again and look for another match.