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Au pair experience - Are you ready?

Dear prospective au pair!

Have you ever played with the thought of living in a foreign country for a while?
Have you ever been fed up with starting to learn English now and again?
Are you just about finishing your graduation and do not know where to go?
Have you had difficulties getting a proper job because you lack English knowledge?
Do you need a language exam to get your degree?
Here is a great idea for you!

The au pair programme

The au pair experience is a cultural exchange program, which gives the au pair an opportunity to study a foreign language, learn about another culture. They help with childcare and light housework and in return, receive pocket money, full board and lodging and their own bedroom therefore should be treated as a member of the family. An au pair is not a trained nanny or a housekeeper and also not an employee.

Why become an au pair abroad?

  • You will learn how to handle yourself alone in a new culture
  • No work experience required; babysitting will do + the right attitude!
  • You get a chance to experience another culture and different life-style
  • See a country as a local, not a tourist! You’ll meet young people from around the world, create life-long connections with your host family and form friendships with others that you meet during your year
  • All this will help you to find a great job when you return home!!
  • In Europe, you can also improve your language skills, use what you learn in school in everyday practical conversations with the host family and get fluent before you know it!
  • Working abroad will help you develop independence and self-confidence

Applicant requirements

  • Aged 18+ single Of good character, single (not married / civil partnered)
  • Basic knowledge of the target country's language
  • Have some childcare experience either babysitting, looking after younger siblings or formal childcare training
  • Commitment to live with a host family for a certain period min. (3-12month)
  • Prepared to do light housework
  • Reasonable respect towards the family’s habits, choice of friends, business and religion.
  • Participate in a careful screening process (including a Criminal Background Report, submission of health certificate, personality check)
  • Participate in our orientation and training program before travelling their host family’s home
  • Provide appropriate number of references as required by the family

Additional advantage

  • Good level of the target country's language
  • Adequate childcare education
  • Valid driving licence with practical experience

What makes you a great au pair?

To be a great au pair is all about your personality!
You do not need to have any special education or qualification but you must love children and enjoy working with them!
You have to provide the ‘I CAN DO” attitude, respect your host family’s household rules and live up to their expectations. Most duties can be learned, but your approach is what really matters.
Although agencies and families almost always state that they prefer au pair candidates to have had some practical experience of looking after children, most are prepared to consider anyone with a genuine liking for children, a positive attitude towards domesticity.
Most families want someone who is friendly and will fit in with the family. The ideal person who is happy to help where needed and who performs tasks without being asked more than once. If you are willing to work hard and be flexible, and have fun at the same time you will have a fantastic au pair experience!

Read more about “To whom it may concerned”

Au Pair Au Pair plus Mother help Summer Au Pair
Hours on duty 25-30 hours / week
5 hours / day
30-35 hours / week
6-7 hours / day
40-44 hours / week
8-12 hours / day
30-35 hours / week
6-7 hours / day
Pocket money £70- £80/ week
25-30 hours
£85- £100/ week
30-35 hours
£100- £280/ week
40-44 hours / week + any tax and contribution per week.
£85- £100/ week
30-35 hours
Working days Free days 5 days a week working / 2 days free time 5 days a week working / 2 days free time 5 days a week working / 2 days free time 5 days a week working / 2 days free time
Baby sitting 2-3 evenings / week 2-3 evenings / week 2-3 evenings / week 2-3 evenings / week
Room & Board Full room and board including own private room, meal, facilities. Full room and board including own private room, meal, facilities. Full room and board including own private room, meal, facilities. Full room and board including own private room, meal, facilities.
Paid days off Holiday 28 days paid leave over 12 months. 28 days paid leave over 12 months. 28 days paid leave over 12 months. N/A
"Childcare Responsibility Assisting in the care of children, help them to get ready for school, prepare meal, help them in their homework, play with them. Assisting in the care of children, help them to get ready for school, prepare meal, help them in their homework, play with them. Assisting in the care of children, help them to get ready for school, prepare meal, help them in their homework, play with them.More responsibility, younger children, more working hours. Assisting in the care of children, help them to get ready for school, prepare meal, help them in their homework, play with them.
Assistance with Household Chores Helping in light household chores like doing washing up, ironing, cooking, vacuuming, cleaning children rooms. Helping in light household chores like doing washing up, ironing, cooking, vacuuming, cleaning children rooms. HHelping in light household chores like doing washing up, ironing, cooking, cleaning. Usually more household duties are required. Helping in light household chores like doing washing up, ironing, cooking, vacuuming, cleaning children rooms.
Unsutable task for Au Pair
  • Garden work
  • Cleaning windows
  • Spring cleaning
  • Cleaning the oven
  • Washing cars
  • Cleaning carpets
  • Doing lots of shopping
  • Washing pets
  • Making the host parents' bed
  • Cleaning the toilet
  • Ironing difficult items of clothing
  • Cleaning the entire house/ flat
  • Garden work
  • Cleaning windows
  • Spring cleaning
  • Cleaning the oven
  • Washing cars
  • Cleaning carpets
  • Doing lots of shopping
  • Washing pets
  • Making the host parents' bed
  • Cleaning the toilet
  • Ironing difficult items of clothing
  • Cleaning the entire house/ flat
  • Garden work
  • Cleaning windows
  • Spring cleaning
  • Cleaning the oven
  • Washing cars
  • Cleaning carpets
  • Doing lots of shopping
  • Washing pets
  • Making the host parents' bed
  • Cleaning the toilet
  • Ironing difficult items of clothing
  • Cleaning the entire house/ flat
  • Garden work
  • Cleaning windows
  • Spring cleaning
  • Cleaning the oven
  • Washing cars
  • Cleaning carpets
  • Doing lots of shopping
  • Washing pets
  • Making the host parents' bed
  • Cleaning the toilet
  • Ironing difficult items of clothing
  • Cleaning the entire house/ flat
Is Au Pair Program Abroad Right for You?

Not sure if becoming an au pair abroad is right for you? Test yourself and good luck!