What is the Au Pair Cultural Exchange Program?
Au Pair is a Department of State-designated exchange programs which provide young people with the opportunity to live with a foreign family (called host family) to experience the culture from countries in Europe, America, and Australia by participating directly in the home life of the host family.
The host families cover the Au Pair’s living and transportation expenses, a part of the Au Pair’s short-term courses fees. In return, the Au pair assists the host family in a small amout of housework and takes care of their children. The number of working hours depends on families.
The Au Pair program is becoming more and more popular in developing countries, as it brings a good chance for young people to discover the world and expand their knowledge and sharpen necessary life skills as well as cultural understandings. In European and American countries and in Australia, there are official regulations for the Au Pair program to protect Au Pairs’ rights and benefits.
Benefits and Responsibilities of an Au Pair
Have a chance to come to developed countries all over the world,
Become a member in the host family
Become a big sister/brother of adorable kids
Have private rooms and board: An Aupair will have a private room of at least 8m2, fully furnished (a bed, wardrobe, heater, desk, restroom, etc.)
Pocket money: Every month or week, your host parrents will give the Au Pair an amount of money called poket money. This amount varies depending on each country and family. For example, the pocket money in Germany can be from €260 to €500, in Austria it is €376 to €470, in the USA it is about $800, and so on.