What is an au pair?

An au pair is a young person from abroad between 18 and 31 years old, who lives with your family for a period of several months to a year,Travel Active Au Pair as part of a cultural exchange. During this exchange, which includes housing, meals and pocket money, your au pair will assist in family life with the emphasis of taking care of the children. In addition, the au pair in their turn will learn the Dutch language and will get to know the Dutch culture. Most of these young people choose to be an au pair as a break from their study or because they want to see more of the world before starting a job.  Mostly, they have some experience in taking care of children and of course love interacting with children.

Corrine from South Africa: "I've always wanted to travel and I love working with kids. Being an au pair in The Netherlands was a great opportunity to do both and my time as an au pair was an amazing experience. Everything was so well organized and it will definitely be one of the best years in my life".

Au pair is derived from the French language and means “en par”, or “on equal level”. An au pair is a full member of the family and in the thirty hours he or she is obliged to help out, the most important task is to take care of the children. In addition, you may also ask your au pair to help with chores in the house like cooking, cleaning, make room in the dishwasher and other chores. An au pair is not an employee and therefore signs no contract, but an agreement with your family.

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Smith family – Au Pair Nederland host family

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