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 pair jobs are fairly common in Bangkok, both with families wanting their children to be able to communicate with the au pair in their native language, or Thai families wanting their children to learn how to speak English. However, because of Thailand's difficult conditions when applying for a work permit, it is fairly difficult for a non-Thai national to work in this position legally.
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. Note that curfews are common.
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:
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