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.
Kuwaiti's tend to hire nannies which are recruited from outside the country and are mostly from Asia. It is extremely rare to find any Westerner, employed by a Kuwaiti, working as an au pair. There are instances when au pairs, who are employed by a Western family, move to Kuwait and continue working as an au pair for that family.
Basic application criteria vary from agency to agency, but there are a few typical requirements:
In addition to these requirements, it is common for families to ask for non-smoking, possession of driver's license, responsible or non-drinkers, and for females. Many au pair families prefer native English speakers. Some agencies may also require time spent tutoring.
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:
If hired through an agency, the agency usually guides the au pair through the process.
For more information on visas in general, consult the section on 'Passport and Visas'.
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