Being an Au Pair

Working as an au pair is so much more than just a job. It is an opportunity to influence childrens' lives and for you to grow as a person. “Au pair” is French, it means “on par” and reflects the kind of relationship you’ll have with the 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 you as an au pair 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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