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Who is an Au Pair? What is a Host Family?


If you are interested in becoming an Au Pair, we are here to share more details about general terms of the program. Learn more information about the Au Pair program before registering. This way you can decide if it is something for you! 

If you like new exciting experiences, meeting people from different countries and learning foreign languages, Au Pair is exactly what you are looking for! would like to explain you the meaning and definition of Au Pair before you apply to take part. 

How can we define the Au Pair program?

Au Pair program is a cultural exchange program. It allows young people from all over the world to live with a native family abroad in exchange for child care help. 

The French term Au Pair means "on equal terms”. It describes the underlying concept of the Au Pair program. Au Pair and Host Family agree and support each other during the whole stay. 

If you would like to become a part of the Au Pair program, you can register either as an Au Pair or as a Host Family on 

Who is an Au Pair?

An Au Pair is a young person willing to go abroad to spend a certain time with a native family. During this time he/she can learn or improve language skills and get to know a new culture. The French term "au pair" translates as "on equal terms". Both parties share their responsibilities. This term has become the main idea of the program. 

In exchange for being part of the family, Au Pair will take care of the children. He/she will assist as well the family with some daily tasks related to childcare.

  • An Au Pair is not a cleaning lady
  • An Au Pair is not a full-time nanny

Au Pairs will take care of children and do some duties related to childcare. This does not mean the Au Pair will become a full-time nanny or a cleaning lady. The Host Family should respect this fact. Both Au Pair and Host Family should make clear which duties the Au Pair will be performing during the stay. Even if we often read about

Au Pair jobs, the Au Pair program is not considered to be a job and works under specific terms.
Register as an Au Pair on!

Find out how to become an Au Pair in 10 steps on

What is a Host Family?

A Host Family is a family (as well as a single mother / father) willing to host a foreign person. They make participants part of their family in exchange for childcare and some light housework.  
  • A Host Family will need to have at least one child under age (depending on the country, this might vary)
  • A Host Family should have a free room for their future Au Pair
  • A Host Family should respect the rules of their country's official Au Pair program 

Register as a Host Family on!

Further information about a Host Family on

Keep this in mind!

During Au Pair program both family and Au Pair should respect its standard regulations. They include salary, working hours, duties and responsibilities, etc. 

Au Pair should work no longer than a maximum permitted number of hours of the host country. He/she should earn not less than a minimum amount of money. Remember, the Au Pair will perform different duties related to childcare. Host Family should give a brief job description when creating a profile on This way, Au Pairs will know what are the expectations from them. They will also get a first impression on what their daily routine with a specific Host Family may be like. 

Check out the reviews of some Au Pairs about their experience abroad on 

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