Au Pair In The Netherlands

For One-Year Live Like A Local. Earn €300 to €340 Per Month. ($385 US)

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

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

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 the Netherlands 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 The Netherlands 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 The Netherlands.

Fee

$49

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

Service GeoVisions Great Au Pair AuPair.com Au Pair World
Fee for complete profile & unlimited access to families

$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?

All host families will require you to stay for 12 months.

Visa

Included. The host family is responsible for applying for your AuPair Visa.

Start Dates

We can accept placements year-round although peak placement times are late August/September and January.

Requirements

  • Be between 18 and 30 with at least a high school diploma. (Female Au Pairs are placed quickly, while male Au Pairs can be placed on an as-requested basis.)
  • 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″.)
  • Provide 3 references.

Video

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Costs

$49

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

Service GeoVisions Great Au Pair AuPair.com Au Pair World
Fee for complete profile & unlimited access to families

$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?

A stipend of €300 (Euros) per month for up to 30 hours of babysitting and light housework.  The stipend can be up to €340 per month if you are over 20 and have at least two years of college and extensive childcare experience.

You could earn over $5,000 for the year and have all of your living expenses covered.

Receive two days off per week, plus you are entitled to two-weeks off as paid holidays.

After your arrival, you will receive a timetable with duties and working days/hours, so you know exactly the working time. The family should respect your time off. 

What's Included

  • A private room and full board.
  • Your placement with a screened host family.
  • In-country support.
  • Pre-departure assistance.
  • Monthly au pair coffee group and occasional special events.
  • 24-hour support while abroad.
  • International insurance paid for by your host family.
  • Use of a bike and mobile phone (the family will provide you with a €10 credit for the first month on the mobile phone.
  • Assistance in identifying a suitable Dutch language school near the host family if you want to learn the language.  And financial assistance for the courses.
  • Costs of the au pair visa.

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.

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 The Netherlands 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 The Netherlands 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.

  1. 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 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 au pair in The Netherlands, 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 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 the Netherlands and you're ahead of the game.

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

9 Rating With 4 half stars T

The program is really great. I think I rated the program down a little because I’m homesick. If I were talking to anyone about the program, I’d mention that it’s easy to miss everyone at home when you’re on a year-long program.The program isn’t at all what I expected, but I think I focus too much on some of the negative parts of my experience and I’m slowly learning to realize how fortunate I am to be here and living and working in another country for a year. I also know I’ll feel much better once I make more friends and broaden my connections.I have been able to travel. MUST SEE: Rotterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Utrecht.

Great program but I'm homesick! E. DuBe, 2018

10 Rating With 5 Starts T

You absolutely must do it. If you're as far gone as looking at reviews, do it. Follow your heart to the other side of the world. Don't hesitate. It will be the best decision you ever made. Whether you au pair or teach English... Whether you go to France or Spain or New Zealand... just do it. I personally am really enjoying my experience with GeoVisions in the Netherlands. The program and support are superb, and the Dutch people are warm, kind, and welcoming. This is truly a wonderful place to begin your lifetime of traveling (and the Netherlands is situated ideally for travel all around Europe on your free time - I just got back from Paris this weekend)!

Traveling will change your life! Kate, November 2, 2017

9 Rating With 4 half stars T

GeoVisions helped me a lot to get going on the au pair program, and assisted me with paperwork and logistics before heading abroad. They were always available to talk and even checked in a few times while I was over seas, I would definitely recommend working with them!The job itself definitely had its ups and downs. The lifestyle took a lot of getting used to; it was very different than my lifestyle the previous 4 years in college. While that is expected, it still came as a bit of a shock when I had to adapt to earlier bed times, having to let my host parents know my plans outside of work (it wasn't required but just a courtesy), and feeling like a guest when it came to making food and just hanging around the house. My host family was more than welcoming and kind, however, it still feels a bit weird to open up a strangers (at the beginning) refrigerator and make yourself a sandwich. With that being said, that all went away after about 2 months. I just want to put it out there so that future au pairs are prepared for things that I didn't even think about before going. Don't let it change your mind of going though because it was truly one of the best years of my life. I learned so much about the Dutch culture, and while some of their traditions are very different than my own, I was more than thrilled to experience that. The schedule for me was ideal, I worked 4 days a week and had every weekend off. The host parents would often give me random days off as well, so I really took advantage of my location and travelled all over Europe! I always had a friend to go with as well because there were a lot of other au pairs in my area (The Hague). As I said in the title of this review, it was a very rich cultural experience. American traditions and Dutch traditions are different and I absolutely loved being put out of my comfort zone and living that life for a year. I would recommend the program, it really helped me grow as a person and The Netherlands will always be in my top 3 favorite countries!

A rich cultural experience. Casey, September 29, 2018

9 Rating With 4 half stars T

I came to the Netherlands after working in the Hollywood Entertainment industry for several years after University. I needed to get away from that lifestyle and experience something totally new and refreshing while I "gathered" myself and started to focus on a new direction in life. I live with a very kind and loving family who go out of their way to make sure I'm happy. The pay is quite bad, but since you're not spending any money on room or board, all that money goes directly to your bank account as spending money, so if you're frugal you will have plenty to explore the Netherlands on the weekends. The social connections here are fantastic between Au Pairs (I know I rated it a 5/10, more on that later) because through House of Orange Au Pair Agency, they give you the contact list of EVERY one of their au pairs in Holland, so you have at least a hundred if not more people to reach out to in order to make new friends. I rated it a 5/10 for two reasons, and one is because I'm the only Male au pair here, and I'm a bit older than the other au pairs. All the other au pairs I've met are young teenage girls fresh out of high school, and though I don't mind spending time with girls I really have a hard time meeting other "dudes" to hang out with. Luckily many of the girls I've met are more mature than the typical teenage girl, but that doesn't apply to all of them. Secondly, keep in mind that Dutch people are very, very private. Spontaneity is not a word many Dutchmen are familiar with. Meeting strangers in public, at bars or events is considerably more difficult than in the US. Dutchmen keep to themselves and tend to have a big "wall" constructed around their lives, and the only way to meet Dutchmen is through an organized activity or social event. It is considered taboo to show up unannounced at somebody's house (even children looking for playdates). ALL social events are scheduled well in advance, so calling up a Dutch friend for a spontaneous drink or to "catch a film tonight" just isn't likely at all. It's more like "The third Thursday of next month I'm free, maybe we can do something then?" Being a spontaneous, outgoing person like myself, this kind of lifestyle was the hardest part of adjusting to life here. But otherwise, the au pair program has been fantastic and the last thing I will say is one of my favorite quotes:"Nobody said it was going to be easy, but they promised it would be worth it."

The year that defined who I am. Andrew, September 14, 2017

10 Rating With 5 Starts T

I have loved every minute of my time here in the netherlands. Utrecht is the city I'm staying in and it's amazing so many au pairs that I can be with on my time off, which is definitely needed. I was very nervous coming into this program. I can be shy, at first, and non-confrontational. You never know what to expect, but I have had no problems so far and my host family has been extremely helpful and kind to me. The first few weeks were a bit scary and overwhelming, but after that it's an amazing time. Every day I'm grateful to be in this country and to get to travel Europe on my time off. You get a chance to meet so many great people and see so many beautiful sites. The pay isn't amazing, but hey you are getting free room & board so it kind of evens out. Anyone who is has an interest, even a tiny one, please go do it! It's a chance to see the world and not just as a tourist.

WONDERFUL Au-Pair Experience in Utrecht, Netherlands. Nikki Kotwasinski, October 14, 2017