This thesis examines critically the current state of the au pair scheme in Norway, and connects the scheme to neoliberal ideology. The scheme is officially referred to as cultural exchange, but this definition ignores and hides the labor relationship that is currently the primary function of the au pair scheme. In this thesis the public debate concerning au pairs in Norway will be analyzed, and I will illustrate how supporters of the scheme typically base their arguments on neoliberal ideology. Supporters of the arrangement claim that the au pair scheme is beneficial to au pairs, but this thesis will show how the scheme is based on neoliberal arguments and policies that, amongst other factors, commodifies au pairs, creates a race and gender hierarchy, increases inequality, and diminishes ethical standards. Furthermore, this thesis will reject neoliberal ideology and suggest different notions that must be introduced to create new global ethics, which can lead to a more liberating and democratic society. If new global ethics are implemented, there will be no foundation left to continue the current au pair scheme.