Az Óperenciás-tengeren is túl...Magyar au pair-ek Nyugat-Európában és az Egyesült Államokban

Szűcs, Norbert: Az Óperenciás-tengeren is túl...Magyar au pair-ek Nyugat-Európában és az Egyesült Államokban. In: A látóhatár mögött : szociológiai tanulmányok. pp. 141-195. (2004)

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OVER THE ÓPERENCIÁS SEA...Hungarian au pairs in West Europe : The word ‘au pair’ means young people who live in a foreign country in the same conditions as the host family and they also live and work with the family. The au pair usually looks after the children and helps the fam¬ily with light housework for accommodation, food, and regular pocket money. In this essay, I investigate the motivations of the au pairs working in West Europe and their experiences about this job.During the research, I applied many different research methods such as deep interviews with youths who returned home having worked as au pairs and also interviews with several heads of au pair agencies. A market¬leading au pair agency made its database available to me so I could ana¬lyze application forms, CV’s and introductory letters too. A few of the most important observations of the research:In the past decade, the motivation for the au pair work and the social basis of the job has changed radically. At the beginning of the 1990’s, the German speaking countries were just as popular as the English speaking ones were. Today most of the young people travel to Great Britain. The change of destinations relates to the change of motivations. Ten years ago, one of the most important aims was to earn money and escape from unemployment. Nowadays the au pair work does not offer the possibility of becoming rich quickly. The primary motivations are usually such things as studying a language in a native speaking environment or getting to know the culture or gaining more independence from the family. The characteristics of au pairs have changed accordingly:At the beginning of the 1990’s, the au pair work was primarily for youth without ambitions for further studies and with the threat of unem¬ployment. Today it is a chance of language study for more educated peo¬ple. The experiences gained abroad play an important part in the career of the youth who worked as au pairs, (email:

Item Type: Book Section
Journal or Publication Title: A látóhatár mögött : szociológiai tanulmányok
Date: 2004
ISBN: 9 639 573 035
Page Range: pp. 141-195
Language: magyar, angol
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ifjúságszociológia - hallgatói munkavállalás - külföld - gyermekfelügyelet
Additional Information: Táblázatokkal, grafikonokkal ill. Bibliogr.: p. 194-195. Rezümé angolul
Date Deposited: 2020. Apr. 22. 12:39
Last Modified: 2020. Apr. 22. 13:12

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