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AU PAIR IN EUROPE

Gain experience living and working in Europe as an au pair. The au pair program is the most sustainable way to travel, it is cheap, safe and it is the best way to discover new cultures and become ambassadors of ours.

Countries where the au pair program can be done:
Great Britain, Germany,  Ireland, Switzerland, Norway, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Iceland, Turkey

The length of the program varies from country to country and sometimes even from the age of the candidate, the minimum is 3 months and a maximum of 24 months (in Switzerland at least  12 months, in Germany at least 6 but occasionally even 4).

The commitment with the family varies from 25 hours to 40 hours a week, depending on the country of destination, the weekly pocket money therefore fluctuates between 70 and 180 euros, for example in Europe it is 30 hours while in the USA it is 40 hours a week, however, everything is specified when choosing the program.
Every 6 months of family stays you get straight to a paid vacation week.
Pocket money is paid at the end of the work week.

Au Pair in Europe

Besides the practical considerations around your options within the au pair program, there are some basic questions you need to ask yourself to help make a decision in going abroad and taking part in an au pair program:

  •  Do you like working with children?
  • Do you have first-hand experiences with children?
  • Are you aware that taking care of children can be stressful and needs a lot of patience and commitment?
  • Will you be prepared to help the family with their daily household routine?
  • Are you flexible?
  • Do you have at least a basic knowledge of the language of your future host country?
  • Are you able to adapt and integrate into a new life and become part of your host family?
  • Are you willing to follow the rules and the life style of your host family?
  • Do you want to learn the language and find out more about the culture of your host country?
  • Are you communicative?

If you are able to answer these questions with YES you are ready to apply as an au pair!

To participate in the program, therefore, you need to:

  • fill out the form on personal data,
  • write a letter of introduction in English or in the language of the country where you decided to go,
  • attach some photos with your family, friends and possibly with some children,
  • maybe do a little 20 seconds video,
  • two references for the child care experience, a reference on one’s character,
  • a medical certificate,
  • a criminal certificate,
  • the secondary school diploma certificate.

If you want to spend a period living and working in Italy as an au pair, then you’ll need to meet the program requirements listed below. International Au Pair Italy will review your application and interview you to make sure that you:

  • Have experience and enjoy caring for children
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 upon arrival.
  • Speak conversational English
  • Have completed secondary school (high school)
  • Commit to spending  at least 6 month  in Italy
  • Have at least 200 hours of experience caring for children under the age of two if you wish to care for children less than to years old as an au pair
  • Have a driver’s license
  • Be in good physical and mental health
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Be able to provide personal and professional references

Being an au pair is one of the most rewarding jobs you’ll ever have! Every family is different and specific duties will vary; however, below are some common au pair duties.

  • Managing daily routines (morning, bedtime, etc.)
  • Doing activities with children
  • Preparing meals and cleaning up afterward
  • Driving children to school and activities
  • Helping with homework
  • Doing children’s laundry
  • Going on special outings and adventures
  • Teaching the children about your country and culture

Your responsibilities as an au pair are limited to childcare and related tasks. You are not responsible for heavy housework, pet care, yard work, etc. As a member of the household, you might contribute to small, everyday tasks like washing dinner dishes, but only in a way that is equal to the contributions of other members of the family.

Cost of the Program
The au pair program costs 390 euros for a short period and 490 euros for a long period for most destinations and does not include health insurance and travel.
The payment is divided into two tranches: the first of 90 euros when after having read your data sheet and you have been declared eligible for the program, a second and final tranche when there is confirmation of the match between you and the host family.
The payment can be made by bank transfer.

Financial Benefits

  • A minimum weekly stipend paid by your host family  per week
  • Room and board provided by your host family
  • One week of paid vacation every six months

Personal Benefits

  • Improve the language. Quickly become fluent as you speak the foreign language every day.
  • Travel and explore different areas  of Europe. The opportunities are endless!
  • Become more independent. Open yourself to new opportunities and experiences.
  • Make new friends. Meet Europeans, other au pairs, and bond with your host family.
  • Learn a new culture. Discover European culture and share your own.
  • Gain international work experience. Improve your CV and future career prospects.

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I remind you anyway that:

  • The EU citizens, during their visit with their European Health Insurance Card can receive medical necessary treatment (due to illness or an accident) free or at a reduced cost. This has been extended to Switzerland, Norway and Iceland as well, but term of validity of the card varies according to the issuing Country, so please check it before your departure.
  • Non EU citizens need to hold a  private health insurance covering for all their entire stay in Italy.
  • Foreign nationals – that is non-EU citizens – may enter Italy providing that they hold a valid passport and, if required, an entry Visa issued in their Country of origin.
  • EU nationals do not need a residence permit to stay in Italy.

“Becoming part of the family is the spirit of the au pair program.”

F.A.Q.

Why do I have to use an agency? Can I not just pick a family from an internet site?

A You should never look for, or accept a family, that you have found on the internet. It’s not a safe way to travel and work as an au pair. Always use a reputable agency . An agency assists with the careful matching of an au pair to vetted families in all the world. Many agencies look after the same host families year after year; they know the families well and this ensures successful and safe placements. Once in the host Country, you will be well looked after by the partner’s agency you choose to use.

How long can my program be?

The length of the program depends on the family demands, during summer it could be even for only one month, but most of the time in summer the best is to guarantee two or three months. During all the yearlong 3 months is acceptable, 6 or 9 months is smart.

I am not happy with my host family, where can I get help?

If you cannot resolve problems directly with your host family (which should be attempted first), please contact the au pair agency that placed you with the family and they will be able to help you. Before your departure you will know the name of the partner agency and their contacts, you will be able to talk directly to someone in case of need.

What can I do to occupy myself when I am not on duty?

Like many au pairs, you may want to attend a language course at a local college; many schools have courses designed for au pairs. A porportion of your day will be set aside to allow you to study, socialise or discover the region. you may also want to join the local sports center or swimming pool; visiting the museum and organize to travel in Europe or to other typical Italian towns. Furthermore many families would be very happy if you could organize some meals from your Country, or take out the dog for a walk if they have one.

Do I need to provide the agency with a medical report and police check?

A Medical report is essential and so is a police check. It’s very important that the agency ensures that you are physically and mentally fit to work as an au pair and also that you have no criminal background.

Will the host family contribute to language school costs?

Many families are happy to contribute, but this is not a requirement from the families. Your agency will be able to explain to you what host families they have that can offer this.

As an au pair should I have a room for my own?

Yes you will , this is mandatory for the family to be able to be enrolled in the program, but sometimes it could happen that during holiday time you have to share the room with some children of your host family.

What will happen during holiday?

During holidays time , the host family will take the au pair with them paying for their whole stay, and they will continue carrying out their own tasks for the money agreed. Except for direct agreements between the parties, e.g. cases when it is planed that the au pair will stay at home or go on holiday with friends or like during Christmas and Easter time, the au pair could prefer going back home (at their own expense), for a time to be stipulated with the host family.

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