Duties & Responsibilities
This a job but the the au pair programme year is a balance between cultural exchange and work! Being an au pair means caring for your host children on a full-time basis. During your au pair year you will play with them, be responsible for their safety, and help with some other childcare related duties such as preparing meals and driving them to activities. Your focus as an au pair is providing quality childcare and keeping the children active and engaged during your time on duty. You can also assist with housework if it is related to the children.
The au pair responsibilities are limited to childcare and related duties as set forth by the U. S. Department of State. You will not be expected to do perform tasks that are not related to children or include heavy manual labor such as housecleaning, yard work or other types of work. Our program also protects au pairs and host families with a set of limits.
Here are some of the most important:
- You will work a maximum of 45 hours per week, no more than 10 hours per day
- You are entitled to 1.5 days off per week and one full weekend per month
- During your year, you are given 2 weeks of vacation (2 weeks without working) with pay
It is important to remember that as an au pair, you'll create a special bond with your host family, and as a family member you may be asked to help participate in duties that a typical family member would help with.