As an au pair, you will live in a host family as a family member and will be integrated into the everyday life. At the same time, you also commit yourself to looking after the children of your host family for 6-12 months and to diligently fulfil your au pair duties.
Many participants are often worried that the family may be demanding disproportionately long working hours or that they are given tasks that lie outside the area of responsibility of an au pair. Fortunately, this concern is unjustified. Your host family is also contractually bound by the rules of the au pair programme. In the US, those rules are set by the US Department of State and in all countries, they regulated in the au pair contract. The rules include, among other things, the length of your stay, your daily and weekly working hours, your holiday entitlement and the minimum amount of your pocket money.
Before the start of the programme, you and your host family must sign an au pair contract in which you both commit to accepting and abiding by these rules. The contract also includes that you may only be entrusted with tasks that are directly related to childcare.