Au pair stays are among the oldest existing international exchange programs. The French term au pair means “on mutual terms” and is used for a young person who lives temporarily abroad with a family. Every year approximately 7,000 young men and women come to Germany as au pairs. Most of them make an enriching experience that lasts a lifetime. But there is a risk that they make bad experiences within their host families. Therefore it is important to be prepared for a stay abroad, to know one’s rights and duties and to know where to get support in conflict situations.
With the information package "BE AU PAIR - choose Those Who Care" IJAB provides the necessary knowledge to au pair stays in Germany. The package is available in several languages. Young people who are interested in an au pair stay in Germany can find answers to the most important questions about costs, placement, accommodation, working hours, pocket money and educational services, as well as information on certified and recognized agencies. In addition to the progress reports by former au pairs who share their experiences, parents of future au pairs find also information about the au pair stay of their children in Germany. German families who want to host an au pair also receive important information about rights and duties that are the basis for mutual respect and fair treatment. Any information is provided in different languages both online and in print. Flyers and brochures are available free of charge or can be downloaded as PDF files from the website www.be-au-pair.de. Any information made available is neutral.