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An au pair is a young foreigner who lives with a family in return for doing light housework.
In the U.S. an au pair is a foreign adult between the ages of 18 and 26 who comes to the U.S. to live with and work for an American family as a primary caregiver. An au pair receives free room and board, and a small monetary allowance in accordance with government regulations in exchange for care giving. Although an au pair stays with the family, s/he is treated as another family member. Typically s/he stays with an American family for one to two years.