Au pair tasks are the duties au pairs take on throughout their au pair stay in exchange for pocket money and free room and board. Their main responsibility is to take care of the host family's children. Alongside this, au pairs also help out with light housework. All their responsibilities form part of their daily schedule.
As well as taking care of the children, the au pair should help out with everyday household activities, e.g. setting the table, putting away the dishes from the dishwasher or looking after the family's pet sometimes. After all, they are just like any other member of the family! Having said that, au pairs should never be regarded as housekeepers, gardeners or language teachers.
- Each task should be discussed together beforehand and written down in the au pair contract in order to prevent possible misunderstandings.
- It would also be advisable to set all the au pair's tasks in a schedule.