An au pair is someone, typically a female between the ages of 16 and 25, who provides a child-minding service to host families. Au pairs (especially live-in) are considered a part of the family, and are usually included in family outings and activities.
There are two types of au pairs: a live-in au pair and a live-out au pair.
Live-In Au Pairs
Live-in au pairs stay at the host family’s home. The host family will provide you with your own bedroom and three meals per day. This is over an above your monthly salary. Your duties will usually begin in the mornings and end just before supper. You would then have the rest of the evening free. Weekends are usually negotiable.
Live-Out Au Pairs
As a live-out au pair, you do not reside with the host family during your term of employment. Instead, you will usually be required to fetchthe host family’s children from school and spend the afternoons and early evenings with the children, until the parents arrive home.