Living in a host family and taking care of the children while learning the local language and discovering the country you are living in. This is the basic outline of the au pair experience. Great flexibility, few skills being required, and a lot of possible destination might be the final argument to decide you to undertake an “au pair” experience.
first long-term mobility, language learning, cultural experience, not high skilled mobility, safe and supportive environment.
The one to know
I can benefit of it if
I’m over 18 (sometimes younger). Some countries, agencies and organisations organising “au pair” may have an upper age limit. I’m willing and feel ready to take care of children of a foreign family.
I can leave for
Full time from a few months to a year but as well as a part-time activity.
I can go
Pretty much everywhere. I must check before in which country “au pair” is popular.
I will receive
Accommodation and food in the host family
Sometimes linguistic support
After my return, I will have gained:
Confidence and independence after living abroad
Intense intercultural experience
I need to prepare
A year in advance by start screening through the different agencies and organisations organising au pair activities. Ideally preparing by doing youth work and baby-sitting at home.
For help I should contact
Specialised agencies in my home country.
Given the huge number of agencies offering “au pair” activities, it is important not to rush and to carefully read testimonial and directly contact former “au pair”, to be able to select the best organisation to ensure the best support and the best experience.
- Mis à jour : 22 novembre 2014