au pair

If you get a job as an au pair, you'll be working for a family while you live in their house, most likely babysitting and cleaning.

Most au pairs work for families in foreign countries, gaining the experience of living abroad while earning a little money taking care of the family's kids and tidying up their house. The job itself originated in Europe, and the term au pair is French, literally meaning "on a par," or "equal to." Ideally, an au pair does feel equal to the other family members, a real part of the family rather than just an employee.

Definitions of au pair
  1. noun
    a young foreigner who lives with a family in return for doing light housework
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    au pair girl
    a foreign girl serving as an au pair
    type of:
    alien, foreigner, noncitizen, outlander
    a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country
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