An Au-Pair comes to Switzerland to help the host family take care of their children and assist with the household chores. In exchange you will get a salary. You will also have the opportunity to expand your general education and culture by acquiring a better knowledge of Switzerland, as well as develop your linguistic skills in one of the official Swiss languages (depending on the place of residence of the host family: German in the Swiss German part of Switzerland for example). The host family commits to having the Au-Pair take part in the family life, while the Au-Pair will also respect the family’s private sphere.
You will generally share the meals with the family and will get your own well-heated room, lockable and with window, normally with Internet access.
As an Au-Pair, you principally take care of the family’s children, like a baby sitter: they have them eat their food, have them take their bath, put them to bed, play with them and make them happy :-)
Au-Pairs also generally help with household chores. Difficult household chores like hard gardening work are not part of the program and should not be asked to the Au-Pairs by the family.
Au-Pairs from EU get a residency permit for one year in Switzerland, generally renewable for one more year.
Au-Pairs from outside EU get a residency permit for one year in Switzerland, NON renewable by law.