Yes they do! In fact, your live-in Au Pair gets two weeks of paid vacation each year! This is normally explained as part of the Host Family Interview and at the Orientation, but some families are surprised when their Au Pair wants to fly out for a weekend with friends and they need childcare. Two weeks vacation is considered 14 days in total.
Here’s where the details of the program apply. While the Au Pair does get two weeks off, the time off must be mutually-agreed upon by the Au Pair and family, so as not to interfere too badly with the family’s childcare needs. Some families choose to plan way in advance, while others are more flexible when the subject arises. The two weeks can be taken a day or two at a time, a week at a time, or all at once, but it needs to be agreed upon by both parties. How is this best accomplished?
Communication is the key to success of the Au Pair Program and this is just one more example. When an Au Pair arrives, there should be an initial conversation about how the family wants to do vacations. Are they planning a family vacation and plan to bring their Au Pair? If he or she is going to be on-duty, it cannot count as her vacation. If he or she will be partly on-duty and given time off, in addition to post-work time, it could count as vacation time. In any event, if families take Au Pairs, they need to provide a private room for him or her for the trip.
If you have more questions about how the program works or our Rhode Island area cluster, please contact me, Joan Lowell, your Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair Providence at 401.309.1925 or firstname.lastname@example.org.