The au pair will be 18 to 30 years old and will take daily care of your children by doing minor daily chores in return for board, lodging and some weekly pocket money.
The au pair will be treated as a family member, they will have their own bedroom and at least twice a week the possibility of attending a course of Italian language.
As a host family your duty is helping them fit in by giving a warm and friendly welcome him/her, keeping in mind that he/she may express difficulties at the beginning of the stay and will have new habits to understand and follow.
The au pair will be a great help to take care of children. Their duties may include:
Au pairs may equally tidy up their bedroom and wardrobe (washing and ironing), and will be willing to help in light chores. Heavy chores are excluded since the au pair is not and must not be seen as a servant, considering their characteristics and the solely cultural intent of their stay in Italy.
Guests will keep their own bedroom tidy and clean and will personally take care of their own laundry (washing and ironing, etc).
The family and the au pair will sign a written agreement specifying his/her duties and the most relevant habits of the family.
Typically, the time devoted by the guest to the family does not exceed 5/6 hours a day and must be concentrated in the first part of the morning or early afternoon so that the au pair will have half day free.
The traditional au pair exchange has developed into several different formulas, partly to meet the family’s and the au pair’s needs..
au demi pair:
Daily classes are mandatory.
To teach your native language to your host family up to 15 hours each week.
Such categories are then actually tailor made to the specific needs of each family, subject to agreement with the au pair person, always complying with the ground conditions of an au pair stay, and with a subsequent variation in the pocket money: it ranges from minimum 60 euros a week for the demi pair up to maximum 135 euros a week for the mother’s help.
The speed of allocation of the au pair depends on the actual availability of a person suiting the characteristics of your family when you file the demand.
However, the search starts when the agency receives all the documents required from the family.
The foreign guest can stay 12 months maximum.
– English form about the applicants with the photo
– Two references letters concerning previous working experience
– Health certificate by au pair’s local doctor
– Certificate of Non Criminal Record
– A letter Introducing the au pair to the family
– Signed au pair agreement
– Completed host family form , if possible in English
– Introductory family letter, preferable in English, to the au pair including an example of the typical au pair week in the family
– References (from a previous au pair, or from a family friend)
– Signed host family agreement
Once the au pair accepts to be the family’s guest, the latter will send an invitation letter to the au pair and a copy to International Au Pair Italy, which may be also used for the study visa.
Should any kind of problem of incompatibility occur between the au pair and the family that would make it impossible to continue with the programme (within one week of arrival for the summer au pair and one month from their arrival for au pair at other times of year the others). The Agency will find another matching for the au pair and a new au pair for the family (depending on the actual availability of applicants with the characteristics required by the host family).