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An Au-pair is a single
girl (or boy) usually aged between 17 and 27 years of age, maximum age
in the USA is 26, in Germany is 25, France and Belgium is 30. Plese
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RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PROSPECTIVE FAMILY:
She should be provided with free room, board and pocket money. She has
her own room with facility to study and is allowed free time each day
at a time which is mutually convenient. It is essential that she is
given consideration and respect and is treated as a member of the
family. She should take her meals with the family and be invited to
share in recreational pursuits whenever possible. An Au- Pair is not a
qualified child-minder nor domestic. She should receive full
instructions before being left in sole charge of the household or with
children. During the initial period the Au-Pair will need time to
adjust to her new environment and the family must be patient and
sympathetic in order to build up a good relationship.
The Au-Pair should be given full information about the family and her
duties before she leaves her country to avoid any confusion. She is
expected to help with the housework and the care of the children. Some
training may be necessary initially.
Au-Pairs usually work 25 to 40 (depending on the country) hours per
week (but some may agree to do more for extra pocket money these are
are aupair+). Also you can expect 1 or 2 evenings baby-sitting a week
providing it does not clash with any language classes. Baby sitting
during the day is regarded as working time so any additional hours
must be paid by agreement between those parties concerned.
The aupair should be given at least one and preferably two full days
per week, plus free time during the day and some evenings,to allow her
to attend classes and socialise with friends. It is important that she
be encouraged to make friends as soon as possible because sometimes an
Au-Pair can feel lonely in a foreign country at first.
This amount is at the discretion of the host family but a minimum
of £1.60 per hour in the UK, 2,50 in Europe per hour and $140 per
week in the USA and that includes 2 babysits per week.
The cost of attending language classes is the responsibility of the
Au-Pair (except in USA). The family should help to find a suitable
course and assist with the enrolment.
The Au-Pair is usually responsible for the cost of her fare to and
from her country (except in USA). She must also inform her family and
the agency of her expected arrival time to enable the family to
collect her from the airport or main line station.
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