Another way to settle in a country is by working as an "au pair". An au pair is in charge of taking care of the children. He or she will get food and accommodation provided by the family free of charge, and a small allowance in addition (pocket money).
Au pairs are not professional child minders and will not be a qualified nanny. Although there are no set conditions to become an au pair in Lima, females between 19 and 30 are commonly preferred. Experience with children is likely to be demanded, as well as a conversational level of Spanish.
A live-in au pair salary is around $100-$150 per month.
Basic application criteria vary from agency to agency and families, 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 and non-drinkers females. Some agencies may also require time spent tutoring or a good physical and mental condition evidenced by a Physician's Report.
The family has to welcome the au pair in thinking that she is not just an employee, but an important part of the family.
Most families find a babysitter by word-of-mouth, letting friends and family know that they are looking. Parents may also try posting on bulletin boards at community centres, grocery stores, or expat hang-outs.
Another great online resource is to post on expat classified's, like on EasyExpat's babysitter search.
If you want to register online as an au pair or as a family, you can contact:
Or you can also consult international webpages such as:
Usually agencies will ask for registration fees from the family, the au pair or both.
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