These are the experiences, in their own words, of more than 40 young men and women from 13 countries or regions who have been au pairs in Ireland. They tell what it was like for them, and they explain how they avoided or solved some of the problems you might encounter if you decide to be an au pair. They also talk about why being an au pair enriched their lives and filled them with self-confidence.

Host mothers also share their insights into how families and au pairs can live and work together in harmony.

The consensus is: everyone should be an au pair once – but once is enough!


First let me get the meaning of “Au Pair” out (well, many of you might already know, still…)  

An au pair (plural: au pairs) is a foreign-national domestic assistant working for, and living as part of, a host family. Typically, au pairs take on a share of the family’s responsibility for childcare as well as some housework, and receive a small monetary allowance for personal use.

The title comes from the French term au pair, meaning “on a par” or “equal to”, indicating that the relationship is intended to be one of equals: the au pair is intended to become a member of the family, albeit a temporary one, rather than a domestic servant. In the best circumstances, both parties benefit from learning about the other’s culture and will remain on good terms long after the au pair has left the family.

I recieved this E-Book from “Library Things” Member Giveaway Program, frankly I didn’t know what I was getting or what the book consists of.. Well, it’s real experiences from real Au Pairs and real hosts. It’s fun to read and very insightful atleast for me because I never read any book regarding this subject matter!

The writing is simple enough and a very short book (won’t even take an hour!) and love the illustration (by Peter Kent).

So, I got the book, finished it and in it’s own way liked it. But I would not be telling everybody about this book, it is meaningful and informative for those who  are interested in being an Au Pair but that’s a very limited demography! But if you ever come accross this book, you can read it, for a little fun read!