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What do Au Pairs do?

Au Pairs take care of the children and tutor them in English during scheduled hours. These scheduled hours are agreed upon between the au pair and host family in advance. Au Pairs 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.

Being an au pair abroad allows you to use the experience you already have with child care to travel and get paid. Yes, you'll provide child care. But as a native-English speaker, you'll also be speaking to the family in English. The children's grades will improve and the entire family will improve their English. You will learn their language too. And the stipend you receive and days off ... you can travel.

Your host family is screened carefully. In addition, you have the ultimate safety net … local coordinators and full time staff in-country 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 meet ups with other au pairs, make new friends during your time abroad.

 Some countries require you to take language courses to work legally. Au Pairs receive a private room to call their own plus all of their meals. Au Pairs also receive a weekly or monthly stipend and agreed upon days off.

Look over the programs below and click on the button for the adventure that moves you the most. We'll take it from there.

Australia

Be between the ages of 18 and 30. Hold a Passport from the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Ireland or Sweden. Have previous childcare/babysitting experience with references and a genuine love of children. Commit to a minimum of 6 months as an au pair. Be interviewed by phone or Skype to be accepted by the family. Have driving experience.

You can earn a weekly salary of at least AUD 7/hour for 25-40 hours of childcare. You can budget around AUD 200 per week for income. There is a possibility that you can use the family’s car. Usually, you will receive two days off per week. Some families provide 1 ½ days off, but that information will be provided in advance. (Plan to spend one weekend evening per month to watch the children.)

Au Pair Australia

A GeoVisions au pair on a golf course in Australia with kangaroo.

China

Be between the ages of 18 and 30. (Female Au Pairs are placed quickly, while male Au Pairs can take a bit longer.) 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. Commit to a minimum of 3 months as an au pair. (Many families prefer a commitment of 9-12 months.)

For au pairs going to China, GeoVisions Foundation provides a placement with a carefully screened family along with a private bedroom and all of your meals. You will receive a monthly stipend of at least $450 US for 25 hours of childcare and English tutoring each week. You normally receive 1 ½ days off per week. You are picked up at the airport and brought to your host family. You will also receive medical and accident insurance coverage.

In China, it is the custom for your host family to assist with your airfare, depending on how long you will stay in China. The family will also pay for 60-hours of Chinese language classes during your first 3-months in China. 

Walk & Talk China 

Two GeoVisions au pairs in China with their host sisters having lunch.

France 

Be between 18 and 29 with at least a high school diploma. Hold a Passport from the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand. Have previous childcare/babysitting experience with references. Swimmers preferred. Be able to commit to at least two months as an au pair. 2-3 month placements are available from June through September.

Most long-term au pairs begin in September. If you start in January, you can qualify for 6, 8 or 12-month placements. A requirement to meet the France Visa requirements for the Long-Stay Student Visa program includes attending French language classes in France.

You can earn a weekly stipend of €90 (Euros) per week for approximately 30 hours of babysitting. At least 1 1/2 days off per week.  Moreover, one weekend per month.  After six months you will receive one week paid vacation and another week at the end of your stay.

Au Pair France

 

A GeoVisions au pair in France with her two host siblings in an outdoor park.

Germany

Be between the ages of 18 and 30. Hold a Passport from the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Ireland or Sweden. Have previous childcare/babysitting experience with references and a genuine love of children. Commit to a minimum of 6 months as an au pair. Be interviewed by phone or Skype to be accepted by the family. Have driving experience.

Au Pairs in Germany earn a monthly stipend of €260 (Euros) per month for approximately 30 hours per week of babysitting. If you take a 10+ month job, you will have made more than the fee after six weeks. You could then have more than $3000 in your pocket.

Au Pair Germany

Au Pairs attending a GeoVisions Au Pair social event.

Ireland

You must be a full-time college student leading to an Associate, Bachelor, Master, or doctorate with a minimum of 2 semesters on your transcript, or you must be a recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree within 12 months of applying for your visa.  This is to qualify for the Work and Travel visa in Ireland. Be between the ages of 18 and 29. Hold a Passport from the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. Have previous childcare/babysitting experience with references and a genuine love of children. Be able to commit to at least six months as an au pair. Provide a medical reference and a background check. Be interviewed by phone or Skype to be accepted by the family. Have driving experience and an international driving license.

You will receive a weekly stipend of €100 (Euros) per week for approximately 23 hours of childcare. You can earn up to €225 per week for 40 hours of childcare each week. Au Pairs who stay a year earn USD $12,000 after the cost of the program fee and Working Holiday visa. Some families may give a €200 – €500 bonus at the completion of your program.

 Au Pair Ireland

Two children outside playing with their GeoVisions au pair in Ireland.

Italy

Be between 18 and 27 with at least a high school diploma. (Females are placed quickly, while males can take a bit longer.) 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. Provide a statement of health and a background check. Have basic skills in Italian and be motivated to achieve a higher fluency. Be interviewed by phone or Skype to be accepted by the family. Driver’s license is preferred. Be able to swim.

For the Walk and Talk Italy program, a stipend of approximately €40 a week for 20 hours of child care and 10-15 hours of tutoring. For the au pair program, a stipend of approximately €80 to €100 per week for 30 hours of childcare. More hours per week will usually receive a higher weekly stipend.

Au Pair Italy

 

 

Walk & Talk Italy

 

An au pair on the beach in Italy with her host brother and their dog.

Netherlands

Be between 18 and 30 with at least a high school diploma. (Female Au Pairs are placed quickly, while male Au Pairs can take a bit longer.) 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. Provide a statement of health and a background check. Be interviewed by phone or Skype to be accepted by the family. Be able to commit to 10-12 months as an au pair. Driving experience is not required, but the ability to ride a bike is. (Many families have cargo bikes that require a minimum rider height of 5’1″.) Lastly, you will need to provide three references.

A stipend of at least €300 (Euros) per month for up to 30 hours of babysitting and light housework. The stipend is €340 per month if you are over 20 and have at least two years of college. You could earn over $5,000 for the year and have all of your living expenses covered. At least two full days off per week, plus you are entitled to two-weeks off as paid holidays.

Au Pair Netherlands

Dutch children outside playing a game with their GeoVisions au pair.

New Zealand

Be between 18 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 six months as an au pair. A 12-month program is much easier to place! When arriving between October and December, nine months is the minimum stay.  Please arrive in February, March or April.

You must be able to obtain a working holiday visa. You must have a valid driver’s license and be prepared to drive in New Zealand. We recommend obtaining an international driver’s license.  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.

You will receive a private room and full board. A stipend of NZ $170 (net) per week for up to 30 hours of babysitting per week. Working up to 40 hours/week you earn NZ$215 (net) per week. 45 hours/week receive NZ$235 (net). Au Pairs will have two days off per week. With a six month placement, au pairs receive two weeks of holiday time.  9-month placements receive three weeks of holiday time. With a 12 month program, au pairs receive four 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 three days. Au pairs working only with school-aged children finish orientation after Day 2.) Assistance setting up a NZ bank account.

Au Pair New Zealand

A GeoVisions au pair visiting Hobbiton in New Zealand, taking a break from her host family.

Spain

Be between 18 and 30 with at least a high school diploma. (Females are placed quickly, while males can take a bit longer.) 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. Swimmers preferred. Provide a medical statement and a background check. Be interviewed by phone or Skype to be accepted by the family. Driver’s license is preferred.

For Walk & Talk, a stipend of approximately €40 a week for 20 hours of child care and 10-15 hours of tutoring. For au pairs a weekly stipend of €65 – €85 (Euros) per week for approximately 25 – 30 hours of babysitting is paid. At least 1 1/2 days off per week. Moreover, one weekend per month. After six months you will receive one week paid vacation and another week at the end of your stay.
 Walk & Talk Spain

Au Pair Spain

A GeoVisions au pair in Spain with her 3 host siblings.
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