An au pair placement is an official and temporary residence status for a young person aged between 18 and 25 years old who, in the context of a cultural exchange programme has come to live in Belgium with the aim of learning one of the three official languages (Dutch, French or German) and expand their knowledge of Belgian culture .

A young au pair will be welcomed into the home of a host family where they eat, lodge and receive a monthly allowance. Au pair is not just a word, nor is it a synonym for a child minder, babysitter or housekeeper.

As an au pair, you may sometimes come across these questions:

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Fairwork Belgium - Omar

Omar García is a staff member who has been specialising in domestic staff since 2012. He follows up on all questions related to domestic work and provides empowerment training for domestic staff.