As an Au Pair you will help your new Canadian family "host family" up to 40 hours per week. You will help take care of the children, play with them, help them with homework, accompany them to activities and more. You will help your host family in other ways as well, such as cooking, doing laundry, and general tidying up around the house. In exchange, your family will provide you with a free private bedroom, all of your meals, as well as a small weekly salary. And of course, integrate you into family life so you feel like a real member of the family.
English language studies are not possible for full-time Au Pairs. If you are interested in studying English while in Toronto should apply to our Demi Pair program, which combines part-time Au Pair with part-time English language studies.
As an Au Pair, you will be placed with a Canadian family for a period of between 24 and 52 weeks. When you complete the application form, you need to let us know how many weeks you wish to stay.
Prior to being accepted into the program, all host families have been carefully screened to ensure the comfort and safety of all Au Pairs. Every adult in the home must undergo a comprehensive criminal record check prior to hosting an Au Pair. All Au Pairs evaluate their host family at the end of the program, and we only continue to work with families that have positive reviews from our participants.
As an Au Pair, you will be closely monitored throughout your stay by our Au Pair Program Coordinator. If you have any problems or issues, our Coordinator will be there to help you. The Coordinator is also there to provide support to the family, so if any issues arise, our Coordinator will quickly assist and try to solve them.
Over 95% of our Au Pairs and host families have a positive experience with our program. Sometimes, though, it just doesn't work out. If you have tried your best, If you have tried your best, followed the rules of the program, and are still not happy with your host family, we will relocate you to another family free of charge. This is a one time benefit that we offer to all Au Pairs.
ACCESS’ Au Pair program is unique in that our Au Pairs have lots of opportunities to participate in social activities outside of their host family. Since ACCESS also runs an English language school, au pairs are invited to participate in weekly trips and activities with ACCESS students from around the world. Monthly Au Pair Group Meetings ensure that all au pairs in our program have the opportunity to meet with each other and socialize together.
All Au Pairs must:
- be 18 years of age or above
- possess a mature attitude
- have a desire to integrate into a Canadian family
- have past child care experience such as babysitting &/or tutoring
- possess medical insurance for the duration of their stay in Canada
- obtain legal permission to work in Canada. In most cases, this requires a "Working Holiday" visa from the International Experience Canada Program