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.
It is very uncommon to host an au pair in Latvia. Most agencies only work with sending au pairs from Latvia abroad, as opposed to finding local hosts for international au pairs. The International Au Pair Association has no registered Latvian member agencies.
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. 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:
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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