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WHAT IS AN AU PAIR?

The au pair experience is a cultural exchange program. You get a chance to live and travel overseas safely and be part of a welcoming host family. As an au pair you see the destination as a local and you travel longer for less!

In exchange for helping out with childcare duties and light housework, you are welcomed as a member of the host family and given full board accommodation and pocket money.

As an au pair you get the chance to earn and learn in a family setting. 

Many au pairs apply for the program to improve their language skills as your time in language classes is combined with practical daily conversations.

WHAT IS AN AU PAIR?

Traditionally, for the au pair program you must fit the following criteria:
  • Aged 18-30 (Working Holiday Visa for Australia, no visa for Europe) 
  • be unmarried and have no children
  • be flexible, friendly and open
  • be happy to help with childcare and light housework for 25-30 hours per week
  • stay for a minimum of 6 months
  • stay for a maximum of 12 months (Australia)
  • stay for a maximum of 24 months (Europe)
  • be fit and healthy
  • no criminal record
HOURS & POCKET MONEY

Pocket money varies depending on the number of hours and the level of experience of the au pair. 

Basic payment

In all cases, families should provide a comfortable room and full board (all meals included) for the au pair. Working hours should allow an au pair to study and attend structured classes. Two days per week should be free and suitable compensation should be received if extra work is required.

Additional payment and rewards

Some families, especially in remote areas, will also contribute towards travel expenses. There are also families who are prepared to pay for or contribute towards the cost of language lessons.

It is very important to agree in advance what you expect from each other. 

In the UK, the minimum pocket money starts from £75 for 25h.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED?

For many jobs a real affection for children is the only requirement. Practical experience is an advantage, even if it is only babysitting, as is an outgoing nature for coping and living with new people in a foreign country. You should also be flexible, honest, mature and responsible.

Au pairs with extensive experience in childcare are naturally very popular. If you have a background in education or you have been au pair before, we can often find you a position very quickly. Some families are prepared to pay more for experienced au pairs, especially if you are willing to look after yournger children. For highly experienced candidates the 3 day induction is optional.

Additional advantages:
  • Talents/sports that you can share with the children (such as swimming or painting)
  • Flexibility and enthusiasm
  • (International) driving license
  • Understanding of first aid
  • Good level of English (and write in your letter what other languages you speak!)

EXPECTED TASKS


Tasks will vary by family, but expect the following to be part of your duties in most families.
  • Wake the children in the morning and get them ready
  • Help the children to tidy their rooms and make their beds
  • Prepare breakfast and lunch for the children
  • Clean up breakfast dishes
  • Make sure children have books and homework for school, drive children to/from school (if needed)
  • Tasks while children are at school: shopping, light housework
  • Prepare a healthy afternoon snack
  • Assist the children with their homework, initiate and supervise play
  • Help the children with their bath routine and help get them ready for bed

Host families describe their requirements on the profile and they prepare a handbook. It helps to define the job so that expectations are clear.

HOW ABOUT FREE TIME?

An au pair should have 2 days and several evenings per week of free time. New friends are usually quickly made through classes or clubs nearby and children’s activities. In the first weeks, you can ask the host family to help find other au pairs in the area.

HOW TO GET THERE?


Au pairs are expected to pay for their own travel to the host country. Please also budget for travel insurance.