Being an au pair

Being an au pair is so much more than just a job. It is an opportunity for you to live and gain work experience overseas, becoming more confident and independent. You will also have the chance to help shape childrens' lives. “Au pair” is French and means “on par.” This reflects the kind of relationship you’ll have with your host children and family: equal, open and caring. 

Sometimes the terms nanny and au pair are both used to describe a person who takes care of children while parents are working. Here is the main difference: a nanny is hired by the family as an employee, while as an au pair you are hosted by a family as an exchange programme participant who works with the children of the household. 

An au pair literally becomes part of the family and this is the best way to have a true cultural exchange experience.

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