What is an Au Pair?
The term "Au Pair" refers to a young, foreign girl or boy who travels to France to improve his/her French by sharing the life of a family.
The Au Pair placements in France are governed by an agreement called " Accord de placement d'un stagiaire famlial"
In exchange for 30 hours of weekly childcare and light household tasks/chores, the Au Pair receives lodgings, meals and pocket money.
Protect yourself !
IAPA (and therefore UFAAP) warn you against any direct match between au pairs and host families, always use a legally registered au pair agency.
Newspapers, internet advertisements or any of the many web-based matching services may appear to be acceptable and inexpensive alternatives for securing an au pair placement.
There are, however, potential risks in arranging a placement in this manner.
10 potential risks you face when not using a legally registered au pair agency:
- high probability of unsuitable au pair or host family candidates
- absence of a written contract
- little or no experience in the au pair industry
- lack of professionalism or financial stability
- nonexistent standards or guidelines
- insufficient references and/or medical certification
- danger of document falsification
- no rematch policy (secondary placement) if the initial placement is unsuccessful
- no local support during the placement
- limited understanding of national au pair regulations
Message forwarded by the International Au Pair Association (IAPA) and his local representative (UFAAP)
International Au Pair Association
Keizersgracht 174-176 • 1016 DW Amsterdam • The Netherlands •
Tél : + 31 20 421 28 00 • www.iapa.org