Au Pair / Walk and Talk In Italy

Explore Italy and earn money. Provide child care and English tutoring to a screened host family.

Provide childcare and tutoring to a family in Italy for 1 to 3 months. Receive room and board plus a cash stipend.

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“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” ~ Anna Akhmatova

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Overview

Travel and earn money at the same time. If that sounds great to you, think about becoming an Au Pair / Tutor in Italy!

How is this program different from a regular au pair program?  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.  Au Pair Walk and Talk participants take care of children and at the same time tutor them in conversational English. This can be done playing games, singing songs or on a "walk" when you "talk".

Your host family is screened carefully. In addition, you have the ultimate safety net … local coordinators in Italy 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, make new friends during your time in Italy.

Fee

$1,099

Duration

1 month is the minimum length and 3 months is the maximum.

Visa

You should not need a visa for this program.

Start Dates

We can accept placements year round.

Eligibility

  • Be between 18 and 27 with at least a high school diploma. (Females are placed quickly, while males 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.
  • 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.

Costs

$1,099 for the 1-3 month program.

GeoVisions-4cprocessThe fee you pay to be an Au Pair / tutor goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. The program donation for this experience covers our costs of local screening of potential host families; assisting you with the process of compiling the documents you will need to collect; assistance during your entire stay to make sure what you have agreed to is what really happens; and social gatherings with other au pairs and tutors near you. This provides you a great deal of security and a social base to grow and enjoy your time as an Au Pair. We provide 24/7 emergency service, operated by real people. If you are from the US, the fee also includes your travel and medical insurance. You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return … and beyond, through our active Alumni Community.

Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation.

What Will I Earn?

A stipend of approximately €40 a week for 20 hours of child care and 10-15 hours of tutoring.

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.

What's Included

  • Your placement with a screened host family.
  • A private room and full board.
  • In-country support.
  • Pre-departure assistance.
  • 24-hour support while abroad.
  • International insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance services for US permanent residents.
  • Our own manual, A Tutor’s Guide–Teaching English To Families and Children, which you download and take with you to Italy.
  • Unlimited access to GeoVisions’ exclusive Help Me Teach desk, to assist you with ideas that relate to your situation.

What's Not Included

  • Your international flights.
  • Meals when you travel or go out on your own.
  • Spending money for personal expenses, when you travel or optional activities.

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 and do this for free?

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 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.

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

Here are examples of what it’s like to participate in the Italy Walk and Talk program, written by our participants 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 and becoming more independent and confident. Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience as an au pair to a family in Italy and you're ahead of the game.

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