Being an Au Pair

As this is much more than a job, working as an au pair you have the opportunity to influence children's lives and for you to grow as a person. The meaning of "Au Pair" in French is "on par" and reflects the kind of relationship you’ll have with the children and family: equal, open and caring. There is a difference between the terms nanny and au pair even though they 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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