An au pair is a young adult wishing to experience a new culture and lifestyle by sharing their time, culture and Apply Now!helping hands with a family in a foreign country. The words “au pair” come from the French meaning ‘at par’, or ‘equal to’. Taking this into consideration, the au pair is meant to be an equal part of the family and treated as a family member.
- At a Glance
- Program Description
- Eligibility & Visas
- Perks of being an Au Pair
- Fees & How to Apply
What is an Au Pair?
An au pair is a young person between the ages of 18 – 26 who lives with a family in a country other than his or her own for a maximum of 12 months, helps with general housework and childcare in exchange for room & board and pocket money (stipend). The au pair program is one of cultural exchange and the au pair is given the opportunity to study and to experience the culture of the country that he/she is in. In return, the au pair will be asked to perform general household duties (washing and tidying up, laundry, ironing, cooking etc.) and to take care of children during a limited number of hours a day and/or baby-sit at night. The au pair is not an employee but a member of the family and will be treated as such.
With over 81 million inhabitants, Germany is the most populous member state of the European Union. As a global leader in several industrial and technological sectors, it is both the world’s third-largest exporter and importer of goods. It is a developed country with a very high standard of living, and it maintains a comprehensive social security, a universal health care system and diverse environmental protection laws.
Germany is the seventh most visited country in the world. Germany is well known for its diverse tourist routes, such as the Romantic Road, the Wine Route, the Castle Road, and the Avenue Road. There are 39 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany, including the old town cores of Regensburg, Bamberg, Lübeck, Quedlinburg, Weimar,Stralsund, Wismar and many more!
What it is like to be an au pair in Germany?
The au pair programme is a cultural exchange where you will share the life of a German family while taking care of their children. As an au pair in Germany, you’ll work 30 hours a week (max. 6 hours per day) and your duties will be to take care of the children and help with light housekeeping duties in exchange for pocket-money & room and board. We’ve shortlisted some of the duties that a candidate can expect:
- 30 working hours per week, max. 6 hours per day
- It is required for you to take German lessons in order to improve your level of the German language
- Babysitting on 1-2 evenings/week could be necessary
- Be a responsible and caring person with your host children
- playing with children
- occupying the children (e.g. crafting, painting, reading something out to children)
- looking after the children/babysitting
- bathing and dressing of the children
- accompanying and fetching the children (e.g. to/from the kindergarten, school or playdates)
- preparing snacks / small meals
- taking care of the laundry, including ironing
- cleaning the apartment, including vacuuming, dusting and wiping
- preparing simple meals
Your activities will dependent on the needs of your host family. Before you arrive in Germany, you will have the possibility to contact the family and learn more about them, their needs and your future activities.
Requirements for Au Pair in Germany
When applying for the Au Pair in Germany Program you must fulfill the following requirements:
- Age: 18 – 26
- Previous childcare experience
- Language Skills: Basic German (level A1); for applicants from the EU, Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, New Zealand and the USA a good command of English is sufficient,but basic German skills would be an advantage.
- Medical check/Doctor’s note stating you are in good health
- Availability: 6 – 12 months
Au pairs from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA may apply for the visa and residency permit before OR after arrival. If after arrival, the au pair must wait for the permit before starting working as an au pair (this can take 12 weeks to process in Germany). Further information can be obtained from the German Embassy.
Note: Au Pairs should apply for the program at least 4 months in advance!
What benefits does an Au Pair in Germany receive?
Aside from the duties and work that you will be helping out, the Au Pair in Germany Program also offers some very neat perks/benefits:
- You earn 260 € pocket money/month plus 50 €/month for a language course
- You are entitled to 4 weeks of paid vacation for a one-year stay OR 2 days for a one-month stay
- You will have free room and board
- You will attend a language course to improve your language skills – Please note that the family support you in cost for the language course. It might be that the language course cost more than 50 € / month. It depends on your level of German, length of the program and the school.
- You will be covered with social insurance such as health, accident and liability insurance
- The family will treat you as a family member
- You are entitled to one day off / week (min. one Sunday per month)
How to apply to be an Au Pair in Germany?
The au pair program fee covers administrative and program costs which includes:
- personalized au pair matching and placement with a suitable host family
- placement with well-screened, suitable family who agrees to the high program standards of the International Au Pair Association (IAPA)
- guaranteed maximum working hours and pocketmoney & contract in accordance with IAPA regulations
- pick-up at airport or train station
- orientation package upon arrival
- au pair activities and events organized by hosting agency
- also processing and screening of your application plus interviews
Our program is designed to give you personal & administrative assistance as well as assurance that you are going to have a great au pair experience with a safe and comfortable family!
Aside from the program fee of $600 CAD program fee + $50 CAD non-refundable application fee, the Au Pairs must pay for:
- Flights (return)
- Cost for a criminal background check and any other fees for required documents
The Application Process for the Au Pair in Germany programs consists of two parts:
PART 1 – ONLINE APPLICATION – AU PAIR IN GERMANY
- Complete the online au pair application form
- Submit a “Dear host family” letter explaining your family background, experiences with children, motivation for the au pair programme, personality…
- Passport copy
- $50 CAD non-refundable application processing fee
- $600 CAD program fee invoiced after you have been accepted to the program based on the online application. Read our refund policy here.
After submitting your online au pair application form, your application will be reviewed. If your application is accepted, you will be prompted to pay $50 CAD/USD or 50€ non-refundable application processing fee. This must be paid before proceeding with the skype interview and the rest of the application process. This fee can be paid by paypal, interac e-transfer or bank transfer.
PART 2 – TO BE SENT BY EMAIL AFTER ACCEPTANCE TO THE PROGRAM
- 2 childcare references
- photos with family, friends and children you have taken care of (maximum 5 photos)
- copy of most recent diploma
- a criminal record check certificate