NEW YORK (OCN) — So, What is an Au Pair? An Au Pair is typically a young woman (or man) who is accepted into the host family as an extended family member and helps the family with childcare, housework, or both while staying as a guest of the host family and generally receiving a small allowance (or pocket money).
The rules of Au Pair Program in the US are clear: au pairs are provided a private bedroom, meals, remuneration tied to the minimum wage (presently $139.05), one and one-half days off weekly plus a full weekend off each month, two weeks’ paid vacation, and the first $500 toward the costs of required course work to be completed at an accredited institution of higher education in order to satisfy the requirements of the educational component of the program. Au pairs are not to work more than 10 hours a day/45 hours a week.
Also, an Au Pairs are not to serve as general housekeepers or assume responsibility for household management.
Below are the Basic Application Criteria.
1. Must be aged 18-26.
2. Have professional or practical childcare experience for at least six months or 200 hours.
3. Hold a full driving license.
4. Agree to commit to a full year’s stay in the USA and be prepared to provide up to 45 hours of childcare a week.
5. Have completed their secondary school education.
6. Speak English to a good standard.
7. Have no criminal record.
8. Have not previously been an au pair in America.
When seeking an Au Pair job, be aware of scams as there are a few unscrupulous people out ther trying to get your money and identity.