Travel and earn money at the same time. If that sounds great to you, think about becoming an Au Pair in Italy!
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 Italy is definitely for you.
Your host family is screened carefully. In addition, you have the ultimate safety net … local coordinators in Italy you can call. 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, make new friends during your time in Italy.
$999 for the short-term Au Pair program (2-3 months).
2 months is the minimum length and 3 months (90 days) is the maximum length.
You should not need a visa for the short-term program.
We can accept placements year round. We can even place short-term au pairs (2-3 months), with some time, during the year.
The fee you pay to be an Au Pair goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation.
You will earn a stipend of approximately €70 to €90 per week for 30-40 hours of child care. More hours per week will usually receive a higher weekly stipend.
For all au pairs in Italy, you will have free time, usually mornings or afternoons. 1 day a week completely free (usually Sunday) and if you are on the 40 hour track, you also receive either 2 days off each week or 1 day and 2 half days off. There are normally 2 to 3 evenings each week that you are free for outings with friends.
Before you arrive in Italy, 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 are 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.
Citizens of full European (EFTA, EEA) Member Countries are able to live and work in Italy 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.
Here are examples of what it’s like to au pair in Italy, written by our au pairs from our SeekExperiences Blog.
For citizens of Australia, Canada or New Zealand … it’s as easy as obtaining a Working Holiday Visa.
Receiving the Italy Working Holiday Visa means you do NOT have to take language courses when you enter Italy longer than 3-months. This will save Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens thousands of dollars over the course of the year.
To be eligible for this Working Holiday visa, applicants must:
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 Italian Embassy or consulate in your home country before making any work and travel plans.
"I highly recommend the GeoVisions au pair program in Italy. But keep and open mind and be flexible! When you join a host family, you basically jump on a moving train. Take time to observe and find a way to make your presence meaningful in their family while also not changing their daily routine.This program will give you plenty of time (and money) to travel and explore. I am going to Croatia and more around Italy before I head back the States. Must see include Cinque Terre in Italy and Prague so far. I took time to explore Milan and constantly am visiting small cities in northern Italy. The best part about living abroad is being so close to all the hidden treasures.One priority for me was to go to a few cities that weren't on my list before I got here. I also want to make an effort to make more Italian friends and not just new friends from America or other English speakers. That's easier to do when you're traveling."
Kelsey N., 2018.
It's been three years since I left the Gabrielli family and to these days, I am still very much part of their household's life. I am very fortunate to have them in my life. Only when I was halfway staying with the family that I realised they didn't have any Wifi connection, and that they actually worked a pact with their neighbour one floor above them to share the password with me. The Gabrielli family was very accommodating and they treated me as a member of their family. Alessia, the matriarch was always concerned about me heading out by Metro all by myself at "funny" hours, warning me I would be targeted by gypsies. As luck would have it, I truly got targeted by three bullies who were trying to snatch off my belongings. The story had a happy ending as elderly Italian ladies came to my rescue by barricading me against the intruders, who left in a hurry at the next Metro stop. My month staying with the Gabrielli is exactly how I wanted it to be, living like a local and doing every day mundane things. I missed those days when out of spontaneity, Silvanu, the patriarch of the family would take me out to Vatican City and to listen to sermon given by the Pope, the day when Alexis, the "princess" of the family would come to me, sulking and singing the Frozen's theme song in an Italian rendition, cheering on for Gabrielli's children whilst they played competitive soccer in a play-off, prepping dough for pizza with the family on the weekends. These are the experiences that couldn't be bought or exchanged through travel brochure. For me, this is a small gesture of paying it forward to humanity. Along the way, I share with the Gabrielli of what lies beyond Italy. I would like to think that for a better world, it's best that we are building bridges to connect the dots rather than building walls to keep people away from one another. Only through respect and understanding that we humans get to learn to co-exist and to live in harmony with one another. That being said, this program is suitable for people that are highly adaptable, curious and open-minded. If you are set with how you life your life, you might find such experience stressful, considering that my host family speaks very little English. Thankfully, with a bit of help from Google Translate, we are able to communicate and to make learning English quite a rather entertaining proposition. If I have free time, I would do it all again in a flash.
Ping L., 2015
Before traveling abroad, I was unsure what or how I would end up traveling. I knew I wanted an authentic experience living in another country and immersing myself in another culture. From my first interaction to my time abroad, the GeoVisions team has been incredibly helpful to make sure I found the right abroad experience for me. After deciding to be an au pair, the GeoVisions team made sure I the process of finding a host family was as easy for me as possible. I was matched with two different families who did not work out. The GeoVisions staff (I worked with Kirsty) always assured me that I did not need to be worried or anxious about the matching process. If it hadn't of been for them I may have given up on finding the right family for me. Luckily we found a great host family and my experience has been wonderful! GeoVisions was an integral part in helping me feel secure going abroad. If they didn't know the answer to a question, they had resources available to help me know who to contact. The only part of the process I wish they would have helped with was getting the visa to stay in Europe for over 3 months (most of that I had to figure out on my own). Even after I arrived, the GeoVisions team has still checked on me and I am confident that if there were any issues they would be there to support me. I highly recommend using GeoVisions if you are thinking of going abroad for work!
Kelsey Norris, 2018
"While I am here I do get the chance to go to some famous Italian towns and see big things, which I also think is life-changing, but coming to Italy and living with an Italian family and working with children is much more life-changing than touring a country in my opinion. I have really enjoyed playing with and teaching the girls and learning great recipes from the mom and nonna‚Ä¶ that you can‚Äôt do as a tourist. For example, being in Sardinia seeing famous beaches was unreal, but I will never forget practicing English with the girls looking out at the ocean or playing chicken in the waves or playing beach volley everyday with a bunch of locals.I live in Reggio Emilia with my family which has a great downtown full of people at night (especially weekends and Wednesdays for Pink night). When I first arrived in Italy in May we spent a few days driving from small town to town in Tuscany - for example Montepulciano is a must for the beautiful streets, view, and cheese/wine shops! We visited some towns just to walk around and sample some really good foods but also some wineries to try some very famous wines - I really liked Rosso of Montalcino and bought some. During our trip we picked cherries in Montepulciano, ate breakfast overlooking vineyards of Vale D'Orcia, did a wine tour in the streets of Radda in Chianti and ate gelato at the famous ring of Siena. I just recently got back from 2 weeks in Sardinia, where we stayed in a little house on the beach. We met a lot of locals and me and my ‚Äúdad‚Äù here played beach volleyball with them everyday. The beaches are beautiful and there are lots of spots to cliff jump and snorkel. I really loved swimming with the girls and relaxing on the beach in the mornings and doing English reading and practice in the afternoon with the ocean breeze. Our second last day, we took a beautiful boat tour called ‚ÄúEscursioni nel Golfo di Orosei‚Äù with the company sweet summer (if you go ask for Francesco) - this I highly recommend to snorkel, swim and sight-see gorgeous coves only reachable by boat. Next, I will visit 5 Terre, Venice and the Alps!I came with the goals to really get to know the family, see improvement in their English, meet some Italian friends and learn some Italian myself. I‚Äôm happy to say I can look back now and say I‚Äôve made progress on all of these. I still have the same goals but now I would like to learn more about Italian culture, practice speaking the language more and learn more recipes to bring home!"
Sarah Roberts, 2018
Geovisions set me up with a great family in Italy. The family welcomed me into their home and culture, allowing me to learn about the typical day in the Italian life. Geovisions was always available to answer any questions or concerns I had throughout the entire process.