I didn´t mean to be judgemental, just found it surprising in some ways. First of all, as pointed out in the paper '' Of all the literature I encountered, only three studies focus on the situation of au pairs in the United States specifically,4 and none address it from a legal perspective.This Article attempts to fill the gap. It exposes how the legal categorization
of au pairs as “cultural exchange participants”...
So, many in Brazil upon receiving guest students treat them as such (cultural exchange participants), and in doing so, they have almost an status of a member of the family. Not that all of our students will have meet such fate (one or other can be lucky and be in a home in wich who lives there is a couple, without any child and be almost the age of the student, yada yada yada...)
And, other day I saw in a magazine an ad to au pairs in Australia, exclusively to feminine students (that made think for the first time, why not guys?), not that I want guys baby-sitting, but guys could do other types of activities.
The au-pair student has some advantages (one of these is learning the language as it is, interactivity etc), what I wanted to point out is that the student deserve to have a more satisfactory experience (of course, there are cases and cases).