Au pair means "on par" or equal. The title comes from the French term au pair which indicates that the relationship between two parties (host family and au pair) is intended to be one or equal. The au pair is intended to become a member of the family during the program duration. Au Pair originated in Europe.
An au pair is a single young person (mostly aged 18 to 26 years) who spends time in a foreign country in order to get acquainted with the culture and language whilst living as part of a family residing in the country of interest. In return for full board, lodging, and pocket money, au pairs are expected to help mostly with the children and light household duties.
Being an au pair in Holland (The Netherlands)
Being an au pair in Holland means being a part of The Netherlands residing family or household and in exchange for their hospitality, you are expected to help them with their daily chores, which are mostly taking care of children and doing some light household duties. You are expected to help the host (gastgezin) for a maximum of 30 hours per week wherein 2 days along that week you are free to do what you please (minimum once a month these 2 days should be a full weekend). Your host family will provide you a minimum of 300.-euro (the equivalent of PhP17,000 to 18,000) maximum of 340.-euro pocket money per month and your health insurance while you are with them.
If you are a Filipina, you need a visum to come to Holland as an au pair. Happy Au Pair will apply for your temporary visa (MVV) to enter the Netherlands, and once it is approved, you will be advised to make an appointment with the nearest Dutch consulate/embassy within your present location and you will present it to the visa officer your requirements and he/she will interview as well about your goal/desire to be an Au Pair in the Netherland. After a period of time, the embassy will issue a pick-up date for your MVV. This temporary visa will be converted to a residence permit for au pair (VVR) with a maximum 1-year of validity upon your arrival in the Netherlands. VVR entitles you to stay with your host family as their au pair on grounds that you will abide by the rules and regulations and laws of the Dutch government.