The Job: Girls by Rotation

It all began before World War II, when teen-age daughters from different lands swapped places and parents, took on household and child-care chores in return for bed, board and the chance to learn a new language. The system was called au pair (on a par) because, it was hoped, the new member of the family would be treated as if she be longed there.

Today, au pair has become the poor girl's junior year abroad -a way to spend time in another country while Mother rests easy, secure in the knowledge that her daughter is not alone in a strange...

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