Au Pair In Germany

For 6 to 12 months, live like a local. Earn €350 per month (approx. US $385.00).

au pair
/ō ˈper/ noun
A young person who lives with a host family and takes care of the children in exchange for room and board and a weekly or monthly allowance.

 

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Overview

Becoming an Au Pair in Germany is an affordable international educational experience that will enhance your resume through practical experience. And when you return home, imagine the kind of job you can get when you list this experience.

Travel and earn money at the same time. Sound good?

What do Au Pairs do?  Au Pairs take care of the children during scheduled hours.  They help the children with their homework and assist in keeping children’s rooms and play areas clean. They prepare snacks and meals for the children, and drop them off or pick them up from school or activities.  If this sounds like something you’d be really good at, then being an Au Pair in Germany is definitely for you.

Rather than take your chances on a family that has not undergone a background check, with GeoVisions Foundation, your host family is screened carefully. In addition, you have the ultimate safety net … local coordinators in Germany you can call on anytime. All of this to ensure you have a safe, comfortable environment and that your host family is a suitable host. Receive a clear set of guidelines and expectations that are set with your host family. Through monthly meetups, make new friends during your time in Germany.

Fee

$549

Think an online matching service is better? Read this and think again!

Service GeoVisions Great Au Pair AuPair.com Au Pair World
Membership Fee

$0

$35/mo.

$140/yr.

$55/mo.

$130/6 mo.

$45/mo.

$146/yr.

Review host family contract Yes No No No
Only accept screened host families Yes None None None
24/7 agency support abroad Yes No No No
Skype interview added to your complete profile Yes No No No
Personally send your profile to host families Yes No No No
Meet-ups with other au pairs Yes No No No
Rematch after issues with host family Available No No No
Assistance with paperwork & placement process Yes No No No
Int'l travel, accident and health insurance with $0 deductible

$129/6 mo

$249/yr.

Unavailable Unavailable

$240/6 mo.

$480/yr.

How Long Can You Stay?

6 months is the minimum length and 12 months is the maximum length.

Visa

Enter on a tourist visa. Between 1 and 4 weeks your family will take you to the Consulate to get your work permit. The family pays for the permit.

Start Dates

Placements are available year-round.

Eligibility

  • Be between 18 and 26 with at least a high school diploma. (Female Au Pairs are placed quickly, while male Au Pairs can take a bit longer to be placed.)
  • Hold a Passport from the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand.
  • Have previous childcare/babysitting experience with references and a genuine love of children.
  • Be able to commit to at least 6 months as an au pair.
  • Have basic skills in German and be motivated to achieve a higher fluency. (An A-1 level of German is required.)
  • Provide a medical statement  (including an HIV test) and a background check.
  • Be interviewed by phone or Skype to be accepted by the family.

Video

Germany from Above from Dennis Schmelz on Vimeo.

Costs

$549

Think an online matching service is better? Read this and think again!

Service GeoVisions Great Au Pair AuPair.com Au Pair World
Membership Fee

$0

$35/mo.

$140/yr.

$55/mo.

$130/6 mo.

$45/mo.

$146/yr.

Review host family contract Yes No No No
Only accept screened host families Yes None None None
24/7 agency support abroad Yes No No No
Skype interview added to your complete profile Yes No No No
Personally send your profile to host families Yes No No No
Meet-ups with other au pairs Yes No No No
Rematch after issues with host family Available No No No
Assistance with paperwork & placement process Yes No No No
Int'l travel, accident and health insurance with $0 deductible

$129/6 mo

$249/yr.

Unavailable Unavailable

$240/6 mo.

$480/yr.

What Will I Earn?

Au Pairs in Germany earn a monthly stipend of €350 (Euros) per month for approximately 30 hours per week of babysitting. You also receive a private room and all of your meals.

If you stay in Germany 12 months you will have made more than the fee just after a month. You could then have earned more than $4000 in your pocket.

Before your arrival in Germany, you will receive a timetable with duties and working days/hours, so you know exactly the working time. The family must respect your time off. Should the family require you to work outside the usual working hours this must be agreed by both sides and any extra hours worked must be paid.

Usually, au pairs are provided 1.5 days off per week. And at least once per month, it's on a weekend.

What's Included

  • Your placement with a screened host family.
  • A private room and full board.
  • In-country support.
  • Your international flights IF you commit to a 12 month stay.  The flight to Germany is paid for by the host family.  If you stay the full 12 months, the return flight is then also paid for by the host family.
  • Pre-departure assistance.
  • Once a quarter (every three months), there is a local organized meeting for au pairs.  And there is one meeting in Berlin for all au pairs.
  • 24-hour support while abroad.
  • International insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance is provided by the host family.
  • A monthly ticket for public transport or the possibility to use the family’s car.
  • At least one full day and a half off per week.
  • Applicants who stay for 12 months have the right of 4 weeks of paid holiday (If you stay for 6 months you receive 2 weeks paid holiday)
  • Transportation costs of getting to German language classes, if enrolled.
  • Your work permit, allowing you to work legally in Germany.

What's Not Included

  • Meals when you travel or go out on your own.
  • Spending money for personal expenses, when you travel or optional activities.
  • Your international flights if you do not commit to a full 12 months, and/or do not stay the full 12 months.

Application Process

After you make sure that you meet the au pair qualifications, the next step is to apply.

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1.  Submit the online application along with the deposit.
2.  You'll receive a link for a supplemental form and additional materials to then submit.
3. We work with our partner in Germany to match you with a well-screened host family.
4. We'll email you the host family information.  Set up a skype call with the host family for your interview.
5. Once you and the host family agree that it's a good match, you and the family arrange the exact arrival and departure date.
6. Find and purchase your flights.
7.  Arrange your international health insurance.
8.  If you need a visa, please arrange for your visa.
9.  Fly to Germany and begin your au pair program and cultural experience!

FAQ

Please call us on +1 (203) 453-5838 if you have questions.

We are asked the same questions each day, so we hope this page of Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to you. Anyone in our office can answer your questions anytime you call. We want you to made informed decisions and we will be happy to talk to you anytime.

Why Is There A Placement Fee? It’s like I’m paying to get a job.

You can find free au pairs positions on the Internet.  Over the years we have met au pairs who did that and had horrible experiences when they thought they were going into a fantastic overseas au pair job only to find out the family where they were living was not screened, families dismissed au pairs routinely without paying them, and there was no one to turn to for help and support. No one to look out for them.  And because they were on their own, they were lonely. Read about them here.

At GeoVisions, the families are screened and in some cases, we have placed au pairs with that family before. We make sure you’re being paid the highest stipend possible. We provide a person in-country to help you and to be there for you. You can meet other au pairs just like you and attend social activities with other au pairs. In fact, if your placement doesn’t work out, we will move you to another family (based on circumstances).

Can I choose my location?

We recommend focusing on family interviews and choosing your location based on the host family that you really “connect with.” Let the family connection guide your decision on where you will live.

What if I don’t like my placement when I arrive or I have host family issues? Can I move?

Before you depart, we connect you via email, phone and Skype with your new host family. You’ll have all the details you want before you ever leave home.  GeoVisions spends a great deal of time on match-making. It is the only way the program will be successful. There needs to be a “connection” between you and your host family.

But after you arrive if you’re having issues, we have a way to start the process to fix things or, change your placement, if necessary. This is extremely rare, but we’ve done this long enough to know things can come up on all sides.

Can I be placed with someone? I’d like to travel with a friend.

Unfortunately, host families needing an au pair only have one au pair in the home at a time.  So we are unable to provide a homestay for anyone except one au pair per household. If you want to apply with someone else, they would be placed with another family. We would try hard to find a host family so you would be close to one another, but we could not guarantee that. We are successful most of the time.

Will I be a part of the family or an employee?

Some of our au pairs tell us the bond they form with their host family can last a lifetime.  We know some au pairs who actually fly back a few years later for a reunion or to attend a milestone event for one of the children they cared for.

You will participate in family activities, share cultures, make friends in your new community and with other au pairs in the area.

Should I become an au pair?

Becoming an au pair is a serious position … and while you do get paid to travel … your main responsibilities are the children you care for.  While you might consider yourself patient, fun-loving and perfect for a job like this … think about how responsible you are and your previous experience with children under your care.  If you’re ready … we have incredible families who need you right away, living in amazing locations.  It's an amazing cultural exchange!

Can't I use a matching site?

Yes! But you'll still pay to subscribe to the matching sites for a year of premium service if you want the good jobs. Plus, no matter what you pay, you won't get a screened host family. 100% of GeoVisions Foundation host families have been screened by au pair professionals.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL

You can find sites on the Internet that will encourage you to find a family for free. Some of those sites boast 2 Million registrations. How can any company screen 2 million families?  Please think twice before you agree to travel thousands of miles from your family and friends and move in with a host family who is advertising that they want a young woman or a young man to move in with them. They remind us of dating sites.

If things go wrong and your host family violates your agreement with them, resolving the problems will be all up to you. And today you may not be concerned. That’s fine. But just know that any family that ducks under the radar and doesn’t want to be screened, that regularly goes beyond the terms of your contract, making you work too much, too often, on the wrong kinds of tasks will likely keep on doing it unless there is someone right there to step in and help you. Or get you out of that situation quickly and safely.

In the USA and in The Netherlands, au pairs are required to use an approved au pair agency. This government requirement is all about protecting you.

Want some real down to earth ideas? The website, AuPairMom.com is a great source. At that site, they “get about one email a week from an au pair in Europe or Australia who is working without the support of an agency. She is usually being expected to work far too much, has limited to no use of a car, can’t leave the host family’s house, and/or is having her pocket money withheld for problems she does not think she caused.”

With GeoVisions, every family is screened carefully and visited in person. Many of these families have hosted au pairs before. We brag that we have a few hundred host families, not millions. It’s a number we can screen and stay connected to. It’s not about the money. It’s about your safety.

Isn't there a German Working Holiday Visa for citizens of Canada, Australia or New Zealand?

US Citizens are not allowed to apply for the German Working Holiday Visa.  US citizens have 90-days to show that you have a working knowledge of the German language and then your host family will take you to the Embassy and you will qualify for an Au Pair visa. (An A1 level of German is required.)

For citizens of Australia, Canada or New Zealand … it’s as easy as obtaining a Working Holiday Visa (Youth Mobility Visa if you’re from Canada).

To be eligible applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of New Zealand, Australia or Canada.
  • Satisfy the visa officer that his/her primary intention is to holiday in Germany, with employment being an incidental rather than a primary reason for the visit.
  • Be aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years, both inclusive, at the time of application.
  • Not be accompanied by children.
  • Possess a valid New Zealand, Canadian or Australian passport.
  • Possess a return ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket.
  • Possess sufficient funds for his/her maintenance during the period of stay in Germany.
  • Pay the prescribed working holiday visa application fee.
  • Agree to hold medical and comprehensive hospitalization insurance to remain in force throughout his/her stay in Germany.
  • This is a brief & general summary. Visa requirements and the number of working holiday visas allocated in countries each year can vary and new agreements are being made regularly so we recommended you attain complete and up to date official information from the German Embassy or consulate in your home country before making any work and travel plans.

I'm from the European Union (EFTA or EEA). Do I still need to go through the long term visa requirements?

Citizens of full European (EFTA, EEA) Member Countries are able to live and work in Germany without a visa or work permit. There is no visa application. GeoVisions will supply an eager host family who has been screened and EU citizens just need to show up on the agreed upon date to begin the Au Pair duties.

Are there Blog posts written by Au Pairs I could read?

Here are examples of what it’s like to au pair, written by our au pairs from our SeekExperiences Blog.

Gallery

Here are a handful of photos to give you a sense of this program.

You can also find more photos, stories, and video through our Facebook Page, Instagram and YouTube channels and our Blog.

As you view more photos and video, consider the program benefits. A second home with new friends, becoming more independent and confident, improving your German since you're now living as a local and helping your host family realize their goals of speaking English. Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience tutoring English to a family in Germany and you're ahead of the game.

What Our Au Pairs Say (Click to see all reviews on GoAbroad.com)

10 Rating With 5 Starts T

I have been here for just over a month. GeoVisions was extremely helpful in the time before I came. This is my first time living abroad, so of course, I was a bit anxious in the time before I left. I had a person with GeoVisions assigned to me, so I had someone to answer any questions, both over phone and email. This definitely ,made me feel more comfortable about leaving. Since arriving, my agent has checked in with me several times, and is always available for questions. As of right now (I'm only 1 month in), I would recommend this trip to anyone looking to take a year off of school, or for after graduation. Great way to experience a new country!

Beth Enhurst, 2018 10 Month Au Pair

10 Rating With 5 Starts T

My experience as an Au Pair in Germany was great. GeoVisions was extremely helpful, especially before I left home. I was paired with a great family, with many similar interests.Since being here, I've heard from GeoVisions several times making sure I'm OK. I would suggest this experience to anyone.

Lauren Burbank, 2018 12 Month Au Pair

9 Rating With 4 half stars T

I got to explore the Köln Dom and it was amazing but I get to see so much more than one area for 2 weeks! The people are so friendly. When they find out I'm from Seattle, I get lots of questions and comments about the rock scene! I came over to Germany with the goal of learning the language and learning more about the culture. My goals haven’t changed, I’ve just added a few! I am totally learning German thanks to being immersed in it. I recommend this experience.

Stephanie Vollbrecht, April 30, 2019