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The greatest attraction of looking after children for many is that it is one of the easiest ways to fix up work abroad, since the demand is so great. It has been estimated that about half of all women with children in industrialised nations work full or part time. Often the qualifications for being hired by these working mothers are minimal and it is not unusual for young women aged barely 18 who have never worked and who have no experience with children beyond occasional babysitting to be successfully placed in a foreign household. Although agencies and families almost always state that they prefer au pair candidates to have had some practical experience of looking after children, most are prepared to consider anyone with a genuine liking for children, a positive attitude towards domesticity and a reasonably mature character. Most will require at least one reference which simply testifies to your reliability and common sense.

The second great advantage of au pairing over other jobs abroad, is that often it is easier to make your status legal. Work permits are notoriously difficult to get for `proper jobs' in most countries of the world, but often exceptions are made for live-in help. The minimum age can be a stumbling block for some school leavers who are not yet 18.

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