- You should be between 18 and 26 years
- You should be single, unmarried and should have no children of your own
- You should be ready to work in Germany for 6-12 months
- You should have some experience with children, like having watched your neighbors’ kids or having completed an internship in a nursery school etc.
- You should have a High School Diploma
- You should physically and mentally be capable of performing the tasks of an Au Pair
- You should have a clean criminal record
- You should be willing to integrate into a German host family and adapt to live and customs in Germany easily
- You have to cover your travel expenses to and from Germany yourself
Duties of the Au Pair
The main task of an Au Pair is caring for the host family’s children for about 5 hours a day or 30 hours a week. This may include taking them to and from kindergarten, school or activities, playing with them inside and outside the house, doing arts and crafts or other fun projects, helping them with homework and/or taking them to bed at night.
You are also asked to perform light household chores, which include preparing small meals for the children, straightening up, washing, ironing, mopping, vacuuming and just in general cleaning up after yourself. Sometimes your host family may ask you to do some grocery shopping for the family and yourself.
Two nights a week you may also be asked to do some babysitting, but you will schedule these nights with your host family individually.
Your rights as an Au Pair
As an Au Pair you receive free room and board for the duration of your stay. Your host family provides a comfortable, fully furnished private bedroom free of charge in their home for you. You also enjoy your meals with your host family.
Your host family will treat you as a part of the family and integrate you in their life as much and actively as you wish
For your work an Au Pair you receive a monthly pocket-money of 260€. Your host family pays for your monthly ticket for public transportation, so that you will be flexible and can access your language school or friends’ houses easily. In more rural areas, you sometimes have access to the family’s car if they do not need it.
You are encouraged to and have the right to attend a language school in your area, normally twice a week. Generally, your host family will partly or fully sponsor this class. In your free time you should have the opportunity to experience cultural events with your new friends, such as theater productions, museums, festivals and movie theaters.
On the weekends you are generally off and do not work for more than 30 hours a week! When you’re staying in your host family for 12 months you are entitled to 4 weeks of paid vacation.
If your host family goes on vacation, they normally take you with them (while you’re working for them). If you do not accompany your host family, they will provide you with adequate food during their absence.
Your host family covers your basic health insurance for the duration of your stay.
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