Au Pair: what is the program to travel cheap and get paid in dollars

Au Pair: what is the program to travel cheap and get paid in dollars

The “Au Pair” exchange program allows young people to work a few hours, earn in dollars and travel to different countries. How to participate and what are the requirements.

Some of the countries that allow the Au Pair system are Spain, the United States, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, Japan, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Through this program, young people between the ages of 18 and 30 will be able to work with host families taking care of children or performing some care tasks.

“Au Pair is a cultural exchange program that provides the opportunity to spend time abroad, learn about a different culture and improve language skills in exchange for childcare and light housework,” explained the website www. which has produced an Au Pair Wiki, a reference guide for those interested in traveling or becoming a host family.

It should be noted that the term “Au Pair” comes from French and means “on par”, which means that both parties are treated as equals.

Likewise, on the website it was highlighted that the Au Pair will be guaranteed their own room, food and pocket money by the host family and clarified that “it is not a cleaning person or a full-time nanny”.

“The program makes it easy to live in another country economically and fully immersed in the culture. For their part, the Host Family has the benefit of having the flexible and affordable support of a person who takes care of their children,” defined the platform .

For their part, Au Pairs are entitled to 1 or 2 days off per week and, in some countries, one of them must be Sunday.

Which are the requirements

Although the formal requirements such as visas change according to the destination, there are some guidelines that are common to all countries that subscribe to the program.

Be between 17 – 30 years old (although in some countries it may be less)

Be able to maintain a fluent conversation in English or the language of the host country

Have experience caring for children

Not be married or have children

Have finished high school

Be in good health (The website claimed that applicants who do not smoke have “more chances” of finding a host family)

Have no criminal record

Want to spend a year living abroad

How to apply?

1) Register on the website and create a profile. It is recommended to include several photos and videos and even a letter to the families detailing the expectations and motivations to be an Au Pair.

2) Find a Host Family. The platform allows you to explore families that correspond to the preferences detailed in the profile within the selected destinations.

3) Meet the families by video call. It is very important to contact the family, organize a video call and thus get to know each other better.

4) Sign the Au Pair contract. It is a formal document in which the conditions of coexistence and work between the family and the Au Pair are made clear. It is important that both parties sign the contract, sometimes it will be necessary for the visa process.

5) Prepare the trip. The website recommended clarifying the formalities of the stay with the embassy of the host country in the place of origin and gathering all the necessary documents for registration at the destination.

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