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An au pair is in charge of taking care of the children and lives within the home of the family. The au pair is provided accommodation and meals and a stipend of spending money. The family gains a loving caretaker for their children and an addition to the family.

The practice of being an au pair has not been common in Brazil until recently. Traditionally, child care services have fallen to family members or close friends. However, with an ever growing upper class and obvious draw of the vibrant Brazilian lifestyle, more and more Au Pairs are being placed in Brazil.

What the au pair must know

    Basic application criteria vary from agency to agency, there are a few typical requirements:
  • Speak and write conversational Portuguese (or be willing to learn)
  • Be between 18-27 years old
  • Have a High School diploma or equivalent
  • Agree to having a background check performed
  • Have at least 6 months child care experience
  • Be able to provide 3 references regarding your experience and character
  • Be in good physical and mental condition as evidenced by a Physician's Report
In addition to these requirements, it is common for families to ask for non-smoking, responsible or non-drinkers, and for females. Many au pair families expect applicants to be able to communicate in English as well.

What the family has to do

    The family has to welcome the au pair in thinking that she is not just an employee, but an important part of the family. Therefore they will make sure:
  • The au pair must have her own bedroom.
  • The au pair will work to a maximum of 35 hours per week She should have minimum 2 days off during the week.
  • They understand that having an au pair doesn't mean having a servant. Au pairs may be asked to do some housework as agreed upon in the contract.
  • It may be of benefit to register the au pair at the family doctor.
  • The family should pay an allowance. This should be decided upon within the contract.

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Update 29/05/2010


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