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Au Pair responsibilities & duties during the stay

An Au Pair has different responsibilities according to the host family needs. The main task is taking care of the children and playing with them. As a temporary family member the Au Pair is also expected to participate in light housework, for example, folding the children's clothes and cleaning the table. 
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These duties should be determined and agreed before the Au Pair travels to the host country. To make this official, Host Families can use the Au Pair contract provided by which will also be needed in case of requiring a visa

What should an Au Pair do?

The Au Pair's primary chore is to take care of the children. Au Pairs work between 20 and 45 hours a week depending on the host country. Host Families have to respect these working hours and give a possibility to their Au Pairs to attend a language course and have free time to fully enjoy the experience of living abroad. 
Below is a list of the main duties an Au Pair can perform while living with the Host Family.
  • Playing with the children
  • Driving and picking up the kids from school and other activities
  • Cooking easy recipes 
  • Keeping the children's room 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
  • Unloading the dishwasher

What should an Au Pair NOT do?

An Au Pair should not be mistaken for a nanny or a housekeeper. The Au Pair program provides a cultural exchange for both parties. An Au Pair is not in charge of the household. Here are some duties the Au Pair should NOT do during her stay with the Host Family. 
  • Cooking for the entire family
  • Cleaning non-shared rooms or work in the garden
  • Washing the car
  • Doing laundry or ironing clothes for the whole family
  • Clean windows
  • Taking care of others' children besides the host kids
  • Taking care of pets unless previously agreed
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