Which are the requirements host families need to comply with?
Any family with at least one child aged 16 or younger living in the same household may host an au pair. The same applies for single-parent families. A host family should provide an extra room for the au pair, as well as sufficient financial resources to cover costs for pocket money, free board and lodging, as well as necessary insurances. The host family will treat their au pair like a family member for a defined period of time and accept the au pair's help with childcare and light household tasks. Furthermore, the family are interested in an intercultural exchange, helping their au pair improve his or her knowledge of the relevant language. For this purpose, the au pair is given the opportunity to participate in a language course during the au pair stay. The family speak the official language of the host country at home. This is typically not the first language of the au pair. The host family should be open-minded with regard to the au pair's cultural background and allow their au pair to practice his or her religion.
Further requirements for host families vary according to the relevant host country. Host families should consult our section Infos host countries and do our Quick Check to find out if they meet all necessary requirements.