An au pair lives with a family abroad, receiving accommodation, full board and an allowance in exchange for taking care of the family’s children and doing simple household chores. This is usually a one-year stay, and travel costs are usually paid by the au pair.

The working week is generally 30-hour work week with one or two days off plus a week’s leave for every six months of work. Otherwise, working hours are determined by the family in question and will at least involve childcare in the afternoons and evenings, sometimes for an extra fee.

Main tasks
  • Looking after the family’s children
  • Accompanying children to and from school
  • Light household chores
Competence requirements

An au pair must enjoy working with children and be able to take responsibility for them. It is also important to be able to adapt to new situations, be ready to learn a new language and be curious about other cultures.

Application criteria:

  • 18 years minimum age
  • Basic knowledge of the language
  • Babysitting experience preferred
  • Sometimes a driver’s licence is required

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You have to get in touch with a foreign family with children, either through personal connections or through an organization that specializes in this kind of arrangement and charges a fee for the service.

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