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.
Au pairs are not exactly in high demand in Panama. This is a country that still has a lot of transparent poverty for much of the population, so many people in Panama cannot afford an au pair or a nanny.
It is more likely that you would come across an au pair from Panama that left the country than a foreigner who has come to the country to be an au pair. Nevertheless, being an au pair is still an option to explore.
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.
An excellent place to look for an au pair or nanny opportunity is on EasyExpat’s au pair in Panama classifieds section.
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 by a family to be an au pair, the family would apply for a work visa for the applicant.
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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