Host Family Agreement
Host Family Agreement
________________________________________________ confirm that we understand that the
au pair programme is a cultural exchange programme and not a contract of work and shall
treat our au pair as a member of the family and not hired help.
2. We confirm
that we have answered all questions honestly and that all information in our job
registration (including description of au pair duties) is true.
accepting the match, we shall stay in touch with our au pair and shall arrange to pick her
up at the nearest airport or train station on her arrival in our country. We shall not
encourage our au pair to travel to our family before we have confirmed the placement in
writing and our au pair has obtained a proper visa or permit (if required).
4. We agree to
cover all costs for room, board and health insurance for our au pair. We shall give her
pocket money on a weekly basis , which amount will be commensurate with the norm for our
country, the hours she will be working and her experience.
5. We are
familiar with and agree to abide by all programme guidelines and conditions, in particular
those regarding: the number and distribution of working hours, au pair duties, pocket
money, free time, holidays, language courses, transportation costs, insurance and the
termination of an au pair arrangement.
6. Upon arrival
in our home, we shall discuss with our au pair in detail the expectations of the au pair
year, including a written or verbal explanation of the weekly or daily routine, her
precise duties, time off and advice on handling the children. We are aware that she will
need time to adjust to her new surroundings and responsibilities and shall, accordingly,
provide our au pair with a familiarisation period.
7. We shall
give our au pair regular reports on her progress and performance throughout the stay. We
shall regularly make time for a feedback and gripes session where she can tell us about
issues she needs to discuss.
8. We shall set
house rules when she first arrives and shall specifically discuss use of telephone
and facilities within the home, daytime and overnight visitors, curfew, smoking, private
use of the car, and car insurance.
9. We shall
discuss any arrangements for holidays well in advance. We understand that she is not a
housesitter and should be invited to come withus or to have her own holiday during this
period. We will provide a minimum of two weeks paid leave for our au-pair during her year
10. We shall
make a concerted effort to introduce our au pair to the culture of our country and to
assist her in the learning of our language. We shall also ensure that our au pair has the
opportunity to visit a language school on a regular basis. We shall respect cultural
differences and display tolerance towards our au pair.
11. We realize
that the success of the au pair arrangement depends largely on our own initiative. We
shall try to integrate our au pair into our family life and, should any problems arise,
communicate openly with her and actively seek a solution.
12. If we have
any problems or questions which cannot be discussed and resolved with our au pair, we
shall contact the au pair agency for assistance.
13. We shall
make every effort to resolve any differences with our au pair. If no solution can be
reached and we decide to terminate the au pair arrangement, we agree to give a minimu of
two weeks advanced notice. During this time period, the au pair shall perform her normal
duties and receive room, board and pocket money.
understand that our au pair shall be taken out of our home without a replacement if:
-- we fail to
abide by this agreement and programme guidelines
-- we falsify
any information in our application
-- we are
responsible for repeated problems with numerous au pairs
15. Should we
decide to cancel our application, we shall inform the au pair agency at once
16. We shall
also notify the au pair agency immediately if there are any changes to the information in
Signature of Host Mother
Signature of Host Father