Au pairs take care of the children in a family and may also be expected to help with household chores. In return, the family offers full-board accommodation and some spending money. You'll have social security and health cover, but will usually have to pay travel costs yourself.
Unless you have personal contacts, the best way to arrange a placement is by using a specialist agency or organisation, though be prepared to pay them a small fee for this.
What are the main conditions?
How to get started?
Where to look:
Au pair box – wide choice of qualified au pair agencies, with a chat room and forum for sharing experience
Au pair search – global search facility for finding a host family or au pair agency, advice on work permits and discussion forum
Au pair world – worldwide au pair database
Find au pair - matching au pairs and families from around the world, discussion forum, visa information and links to agencies
International Au Pair Association - access to organisations active in all aspects of au pair and cultural exchange programmes