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Old 25.04.2015, 12:33
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Re: I am an au pair and I am forced to teach the kids my mother tongue

Either way, even if the agency won't help now since there's little time left till august, they might want to know because what the family is doing is sweatshopping. Go to the school teacher to get to know what kids do at school....wait, what? They are giving you homework? Sit and research at the PC after hours to prep teaching? Wow. I'd give them a nice page of what the au-pair is expected to do, legally, all printed out in August. Not lesson plan or a report of teaching objectives met. Don't let them stress you. Time they realized their kids might not care for Chinese here and now at all.

Some Swiss families are great, OP. Some are trying to get more for their buck than is legal. It is a very cost aware culture here, indeed. But there are generous people here, as well. Let the agency know..In return, they can give you a written reference instead of your "host family".
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Re: I am an au pair and I am forced to teach the kids my mother tongue

I agree. Report them to the agency, report them to the commune and if you feel it's necessary (i.e. no one's listening to you) report them to the canton. The laws are there for a reason and people flouting them should be dealt with appropriately.
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Re: I am an au pair and I am forced to teach the kids my mother tongue

I am sure if you are reassigned to another family, it will certainly be better than the one youˆre with.
They know the rules and they've been abusing the system and you and other Taiwanese Mandarin speakers who come here as au pairs. They are using you so they do not have to pay the regular fees for hiring a Mandarin tutor.
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