The word au pair derives from the French word meaning “give & take”. It is therefore important that au pairing should be beneficial to both the family & the au pair – being said, it should be seen as an opportunity for cultural exchange to take place.
Be between the ages of 18 & 25 years
Not have any children & preferably not married or in a relationship
No criminal record
Minimum qualification of a Matric Certificate
Basic knowledge of German (Level A1)
Childcare experience & Reputable & contactable references to confirm
Ability & willingness to commit to the au pairing program for a year
Be willing & able to adopt the German family’s lifestyle & childrearing mindset
Be open & flexible with regards to the area of placement (countryside/city) as well as the number of children to look after.
Germany lies at the heart of Europe. It shares its borders with nine other nations. No other European country has more neighbors than Germany. Making Germany ideal to have as a base when the wanderlust sets in. Germany brings together a mix of mountains, forests, rivers & even the ocean. Like many countries in the world it has various cities of which Berlin is the biggest & also offers countryside living to those who prefer. Putting the size of Germany in perspective for a South African… Germany is roughly a third of South Africa’s size! But even though smaller, it still offers a lot to do & see!
Germany is known for:
- Amazing and wide range of beer dating back 100s of years
- One of the best car manufacturing countries in the world
- Over 300 different varieties of bread
- Historical castles & buildings
- Various different cultural festivals
- Home to the Bundesliga (One of the highest quality football/soccer leagues in the world)
Childcare related tasks always enjoy top priority & will differ depending on the children’s ages & developmental stages:
- Changing nappies
- Dressing & bathing & putting them to bed
- Take them to school/ play school & fetch them in the afternoons
- Homework supervision if required
- Playing with the children
- Doing educational fun activities with the children like painting & reading
- Preparing breakfast, lunch & dinner for the children
- Babysitting when requested
- General light housework:
- Tidying & cleaning the house (all areas which the children use)
- Prepare family meals if requested & lay the table
- Do the laundry of the children
- Free accommodation & meals.
- A private, lockable room which is furnished with the necessities according to minimum standards.
- The room has a heating source & natural light can enter the room.
- Monthly remuneration of 260€ per month
- The family pays for the German language classes which the au pair is obliged to attend & the Public transport to the German Language School if it is to far to travel to per bike or on foot. 50€ per month (payable only during those months in which a German course is attended)
- Health, Accident & Liability insurance which the host family pays.
- A Travel Allowance payment each month. 25€ per month
- Two days paid leave per month.
- 1 ½ free days per week – to be taken at the discretion of the family.
- The opportunity to experience the German culture & see a part of Europe.
- 24/7 Emergency support with our partnering agency in Germany.
- Access to a network of other au pairs for collective support – called the “au pair buddy” program.
- There is no application fee involved.
- German classes & costs involved in taking the A-Level exam
- All medical related costs pertaining to the application process
- All visa related costs
- All flights & travel costs to Germany
- Travel insurance
Males & Females can apply.
Applications should be made 4 – 6 months before intended started date
An International Driver’s License is not a requirement unless stated by a specific family
No placement can be guaranteed & depends on availability of German families & the application made by the au pair
Please follow the link to complete an online application form – we will take this into consideration & contact you within 24 – 48 hours.