The Dutch au pair program is a cultural exchange, intended to acquaint foreign adolescents with Dutch society and culture. The au pair will stay with a host family, where she/he will perform light domestic tasks and/or babysits the children, in return for board and lodging, pocket money and secondary fringe benefits. The au pair program offers a great deal of benefits to our country. It is a relatively cheap way for young people from abroad to get acquainted with our country from the inside, thus constituting an excellent opportunity to promote the Dutch society, culture and language. Simultaneously, Dutch children can be molded into genuine world citizens, due to early exposure to other languages and cultures.
Since the Modern Migration Act became effective on June 1st, 2013, the au pair program has been reformed comprehensively. Nowadays, au pairs can only visit the Netherlands through an agency certified as a consultant by the IND.
A person of non-Dutch nationality between 18 and 31 years of age, without duty of care for children in the country of origin, visiting the Netherlands for a maximum period of 12 months, in the context of a cultural exchange. In return for, among others, board and lodging, pocket money and some secondary fringe benefits, the au pair will take care of the children of the host family and perform light domestic tasks.
Although all tasks listed above fall within the scope of the au pair program, it is up to the host family and au pair to come to a prior mutual agreement on allocation of duties.
An au pair is not permitted to perform care tasks for adults and heavy domestic duties, such as: