The International Au Pair Exchange (TIAPE) requires all families meet the U.S. Department of State and TIAPE requirements for hosting an au pair. Regulations require:
- Both parents are U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents
- The family speaks English as the primarily language at home
- The au pair is provided with a private bedroom
- The family has the financial resources to meet hosting obligations
- The family can provide two references and employment verification
- The family participates in an in-home interview with a local representative from TIAPE
- The family complies with U.S. Department of State requirements for the duration of the program
- The au pair may not work more than 45 hours per week or 10 hours per day
- The family provides a positive cultural exchange experience for the au pair
Work Hours & Responsibilities
Skilled au pairs from The International Au Pair Exchange (TIAPE) have significant experience working with children and can be responsible for a variety of duties, as long as those duties are childcare or childcare-related. Specific responsibilities can include:
- Taking children to school and other activities
- Preparing children’s meals, feeding and cleanup up
- Helping with bed time and bath time
- Doing children’s laundry
- Keeping children’s rooms tidy
- Helping with homework
- Providing childcare during family vacations
- Having fun playing and interacting with children
In addition, as family members, au pairs can also assist with general household responsibilities that are shared among members of the family.
The U.S. Department of State and TIAPE require all host families to adhere to strict regulations regarding au pair working hours and responsibilities, including:
- Au pairs may not work more than 45 hours per week, or 10 hours per day
- Au pairs must receive 1.5 days off per week and one full weekend off per month (Friday evening to Monday morning)
- Au pairs must receive two weeks of paid vacation during the first 12 months of the program
- Au pairs duties must be childcare or childcare-related and should not include heavy housework, family laundry, yard work, caring for pets, or preparing meals for the entire family.
Though an au pair’s work schedule is flexible, TIAPE recommends that host families provide their au pairs with a written weekly schedule.
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