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. Expats have both found work, and employed, au pairs.
The concept of using an au pairs is common among expats in Egypt, but less so among the locals. As in many countries in the Arab world, Egyptian families are very close and usually handle childcare within the family. Individuals who work as au pairs in Egypt should adapt to Egyptian standards of discipline.
Nannies may be Egyptian, but also could be Sudanese, Ethiopian, Nigerian, Filipino or Indonesian. Salaries for full-time (five or six days a week) nannies range from 200 to 500 USD per month, though there is no standard wage. Along with variables such as nationality and demand, the pay scale is determined by requirements of the employer (washing, cleaning, cooking required), working hours, education, language skills, literacy, previous experience/references, driving skills, safety/first aid knowledge and training.
Another excellent place to look is in expat forums. Here, other expats can give advice on the services they use and what to look for.
If hired through an agency, the agency usually guides the au pair through the process. For more complete information on visas, consult the section on "Passport, Visa & Permits".
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