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.
An au pair is a common position in Sofia, especially amongst diplomats. Families enjoy having an au pair to speak their native tongue as well as the Bulgarian language.
Their main duty is to care for the family's children and is common to do light to heavy chores around the household or run errands. Sometimes the family require English teaching lessons.
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:
If hired through an agency, the agency usually guides the au pair through the process. Au pairs in Bulgaria must obtain either a long-term visa or residency visa.
For more information on visas in general, consult the section on "Passport and Visas".
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