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.

Ideal for

first long-term mobility, language learning, cultural experience, not high skilled mobility, safe and supportive environment.

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Au Pair information

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
  • Pocket money
  • Sometimes linguistic support
  • After my return, I will have gained:
  • Life skills
  • Language skills
  • 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.

Good tips

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.

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