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What is an au pair?

An au pair is a young foreign person who works for and lives as part of a host family. Very often an au pair becomes a ‘big sister’ within a host family and will usually eat meals with the family and join in many of the family activities and outings.

Au pairs travel to another country to improve their foreign language skills and to gain a new cultural experience. Typically au pairs are young women/men between 17 and 27 years old (although in some cases they may be a little older).

An au pair will take on a share of the day-to-day duties of the family in exchange for board and pocket money.

An au pair can be very young and initially this can be a very daunting experience for her/him so the more welcome and comfortable she/he is made feel  the better the experience is likely to be for everyone!