Au pairs are persons that take care of the children of a family and live within the home of their host. The family is responsible for providing the au pair with accommodation, meals and a stipend for other expenses. The family gains a caretaker for their children and the au pair, if a foreigner, gets intercultural experience. Expats have both found work and employed au pairs.
While foreign au pairs in Colombia are not common, some local and expat families may prefer to contract a nanny from abroad, in order to give their children practice in a foreign language, generally English. However, such person is not always expected to live with the family and may be required to be present only at certain times.
There are no local laws regulating the relationship between the au pairs and their host families, nor is there any agency to help you find a placement or assist you in the process.
As there are no agencies specialized in placing foreign au pairs in Colombia, you should search for a position yourself. Resources you can use include classifieds websites, notice boards, expat or other forums, or your expat network.
An au pair usually should meet the following criteria:
Additionally, most families will prefer non-smoking, female au pairs. A valid driving license in Colombia is a plus. Some families may also require time spent tutoring.
In the absence of legal framework for the rights and obligations of both parties, the family and the au pair will usually agree on the terms of the relationship.
The hosts should be aware that the au pair is more than a regular employee, but an addition and an important part of the family. As a result:
A general work visa should be applied for, as specific visas for au pairs don't exist in Colombia. Refer to the section "Passport and Visas" for further information.
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