A Host Family is a family (including single-parent families) who have at least one 16-year-old, or younger, kid who lives in the house. The family takes in the Au Pair temporarily as an elder daughter/son, the latter becoming another member of the family for a certain time period who helps them with daily tasks, such as taking care of the children and house tasks. The parents of the host families are usually people opened to cultural exchange, who are happy to live with, chat with, and enjoy the benefits of sharing daily experiences with an au pair from another country, and to take the aupair in as another member of the family.
In general, host families must provide and comply with the following conditions to host an aupair:
- Private bedroom for the Au Pair inside the host family's house which shall have a window, heating, bed, desk, and wardrobe, as well as a private bathroom.
- Board and lodging, sharing food with the family's members, unless the Au Pair shall express the contrary (diet, vegetarian...).
- The family will deliver the Au Pair a weekly pay, according to the provisions of the Agreement entered into by the Au Pair and the family.
- In no case shall the Au Pair's working hours exceed the maximum number of daily/weekly hours stated in the Au Pair programme of the host country.
- At least one and a half free day per week (Sundays always), and one free weekend per month, so that the au pair shall have free time to rest, go out with friends, visit places, or play some sport.
- A paid week for holidays every six months.
- The family must speak the official language of the country in their daily life, since in most cases the main goal of the programme is to learn a language and immersing in a different culture.
- Possibility of attending language classes.
- Facilitate the Au Pair's registration in the case of European citizens who have the European Health Card, in the family's health centre. In the case of non-European citizens, the family shall pay half the health insurance.
- In the event the Au Pair shall make use of public transportation to carry out her/his tasks as an Au Pair, such transportation expenses shall be paid by the host family and, in case the aupair shall use the family car, this shall be included in the car insurance policy.
- Inform the Au Pair on the house rules, the family's timetables, the house tasks to be performed, the children's habits, and the rules for the use of the telephone and computer, among others.
Finally, it is convenient to remember that an Au Pair is not a housewife or a professional nanny, and therefore her/his main obligations are related to the care of children, which does not prevent her/him from helping with daily house tasks. Since she/he is not a professional nanny, you must be patient and flexible during the process of learning the main tasks with the children.