The term Au Pair originates from the French language meaning “equal to” or “on par”. The term is used to denote or signify living on a caring affiliation between a host family and an exchange student. Characteristically, an Au Pair is a Filipino individual in a cultural exchange arrangement with a certain family, termed as a “host family”. The au pair is placed on immersion in order to learn the culture as well as the language of the said country. He or she can stay with the host family for a maximum of 2 years.
Within this arrangement, the au pair, as well as, the host family, have their share of responsibilities. Thus, it is important for an applicant to familiarize himself or herself with these responsibilities.
- The au pair, along with the members of the family, must participate in the typical household chores. These chores include: light domestic chores, child care and other responsibilities as agreed upon and stipulated in the contract.
- The au pair shall also make effort in learning the customs and traditions, culture, and the spoken languages dominant in the country. Furthermore, it is also important for the au pair attend classes that will help him or her learn the country’s spoken languages.
- The au pair must be able to perform chores for not more than 5 hours in a day or 30 hours in a week. Furthermore, the au pair may or may not engage in work outside the host family’s home.
- The host family must deal with the au pair in a fair and a humane manner.
- The host family must be responsible for the food and housing of the au pair. Furthermore, he or she must have his or her separate bedroom. In addition to that, the host family must make sure that the au pair has both accident and health insurance.
- The host family shall provide the au pair with a monthly allowance.
- The host family shall pay for the school fees of the au pair.
- The host family is responsible for all the travel costs incurred in funding the Filipino au pair. This includes: visa, transportation, the OWWA membership fee, POEA processing fee, cost of training as required, and others.
- The host family shall not take any sum of money from the au pair except contributions that are permitted by law.
- The host family provide the au pair with a duplicate of the contract and agreement.