Au Pairs in New Zealand Must
- Be between 20 and 30 with at least a high school diploma. (Please note that males can apply to be an au pair. The placements will take longer to make.)
- Have previous childcare/babysitting experience, and a genuine love of children.
- Be able to commit to at least 6 months as an au pair. A 12 month program is much easier to place! When arriving between October and December, 9 months is the minimum stay.
- Obtain a working holiday visa.
- Must have a driver's license and be prepared to drive in New Zealand. Obtaining an international driver's license is recommended. Two driving lessons are provided to help familiarize au pairs with driving in New Zealand. (Please note that most cars in New Zealand are standard transmission.)
- Be a non-smoker.
Information on Kiwi Host families
- Location: throughout New Zealand, most in the Auckland area.
- Age of Children: Most families have children under the age of five, but children may be up to the age of 13.Typically there are between 2-3 children.
- Expectations for Au Pair: An au pair has to be fully reliable when looking after the children. The Au Pair has to take part in the family life and routine. They should help with meals as a member of the family. Placement with a carefully screened family.
Au Pairs in New Zealand Receive
- A private room and full board.
- A stipend of NZ $150 (net) per week for up to 30 hours of babysitting per week. For Au Pairs working up to 40 hours/week, the stipend is NZ$235 (net) per week will be paid. 45 hours/week receive NZ$290 (net).
- Au Pairs will have 2 days off per week.
- With a 6 month placement, au pairs receive 2 weeks of holiday time. With a 9 month placement, au pairs will receive 3 weeks of holiday time. With a 12 month program, au pairs receive 4 weeks holiday.
- In-country support.
- Monthly au pair coffee group and occasional special events.
- 2-3 day orientation. (Au pairs working with preschool children will stay 3 days. Au pairs working only with school aged children finish orientation after Day 2.)
- Assistance setting up a NZ bank account.
- Medical and accident insurance coverage.
Au Pair Responsibilities Include
- Living with the host family as a member of the family and the desire for a strong cross-cultural relationship.
- Waking children in the morning and helping them get ready.
- Preparing meals for the children.
- Helping the children take care of their belongings and tidy their room.
- Taking the children to school and other activities such as sports
- Playing, reading and encouraging the children with their homework as well as maintaining family rules (such as limited TV watching, bedtimes, etc.)
- Babysitting in the evenings.
- Washing and organizing the children's clothing and bedding.
- Adjusting to the Kiwi culture and customs, while sharing the American culture and language with the host family.
- Au Pairs are not responsible for housework that does not relate to the children or communal living areas.
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