Become an Au Pair abroad

What is Au Pair?

The title comes from the French term au pair, meaning “on a par” or “equal to”, indicating that the relationship is intended to be one of equals: the au pair is intended to become a member of the family, albeit a temporary one, rather than a domestic servant. In the best circumstances, both parties benefit from learning about the other’s culture and will remain on good terms long after the au pair has left the family.


An au pair placement is an arrangement where a young woman or man lives for up to two years in a foreign country as a member of a local family, helping in the home for a set number of hours a day, often with at least two full days off per week. In return, they receive a reasonable allowance, experience in another culture, and a private room.


Role in the Family

An Au Pair is treated as an equal part of the family, not as a servant. There can be misunderstandings on both sides about what this means: The usual practice is that Au Pairs eat with the family most of the time, and join in some of the usual family activities such as outings and trips. However, host families normally expect to have some private time to themselves, particularly in the evenings. During this time, an Au Pair may retire to his or her room to watch television, study, or go out with friends.


As an employee, many countries have government limits as to how many hours an Au Pair is allowed to work. Tasks assigned to Au Pairs can accompanying children to and from school, taking children to after school activities, cooking, cleaning, ironing, and babysitting. Each placement varies depending on the host family’s situation and requirements. The Au Pair is given a monthly allowance and all expenses are paid by the host family.


We try to set a bridge that connects East to West for young Chinese who want to gain experiences abroad. We provide the service and help young Chinese Au Pairs to go to Europe and the USA to participate in great international cultural exchange. Taking part in our Au Pair program, they will have chance to go to Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Spain and the United States to experience their new lives!

Popular Au Pair Destinations

Here are some of our most popular target countries for Au Pairs form China. The Information per country includes key facts for both, Au Pairs as well as Host Families.

Application Process

To apply as an Au Pair abroad, please familiarize yourself with the details on our website’s Chinese version.

To apply, please fill in the application form for Au Pairs abroad.

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