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[2]Useful information and documentation for au pairs and families[2]

Host Family Agreement

Host Family Agreement

1. We ________________________________________________ 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.

3. After 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 with us.

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.

14. We 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 our application.



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Date                                                   Signature of Host Mother




                                                            Signature of Host Father




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