An Au-Pair is a young
person between 18 and 25 years who becomes a temporary member of your
family. Usually, it's a young girl (90 percent of the time), but more
and more often, young men are taking the opportunity to improve their
language skills and get acquainted with a new culture.
In exchange for free
board and lodge, a private room and pocket money in Germany of 260 €
per month, the Au-Pair will take care of your children and help with light
housework including vacuum cleaning, dusting, preparing the table for
meal times and emptying the dishwasher. The costs for flight and language
courses are usually paid for by the Au-Pair.
Which families can become host families?
Families with at least
1 child younger than 18 may be host families. Single parents may host
an Au-Pair as well. One parent must have the German nationality. In exceptional
cases a family with no German nationals among the parents may be a host
family if German is mainly spoken within the family. Families with 4 or
more children may host 2 Au-Pairs at the same time.
- Consulting the
host family regarding the prerequisites of Au-Pair´s stay.
- The arrangement
of an Au-Pair for the host family (with contracting party abroad).
- Support with the
official formalities with German authorities at home and abroad.
for the host family and Au-Pair during her/his stay.
- Provision of all
the relevant Au-Pair information after conclusion of the arranged contract
and translation activities, if necessary.
- Completion of the
necessary contracts, applications and invitations regarding the visa
- Information where
to find Au-Pair insurance companies.
- Support with the
formality of the necessary authority correspondences and the attainment
of the visa approval.
- Support and advising
the Au-Pair until arrival at the host family.
- Guidance and support
for both the host family and Au-Pair during the duration of the Au-Pair´s
stay with the host family.
- an emergency phone
number and a contact person if problems arise.
can the family expect of the Au-Pair?
Child care/house work:
30 hour of help with child care and house work per week, including 1-2
evenings of babysitting
ironing of complicated clothes, no spring cleaning. Cooking and washing
should only be children-related. The washing of the family's underwear
is not the task of an Au-Pair as well as the cleaning of the toilet
unless it is exclusively used by the Au-Pair.
The Au-Pair must bear
the travel costs herself/himself. Please make no advance payments. If
you as a host family want to bear a part of the costs, please do this
after a successful stay of the Au-Pair of at least 50% of the stipulated
for the host family:
The following duties
arise from the guidelines of the federal agency for work and common experience.
The host family is obliged to observe the valid regulations, laws and
contracts (e.g. guidelines of the Federal Employment Agency, obligation
explanation to the guest families, Au-Pair contract). The agency puts
corresponding leaflets, documents and information to both parties disposal
The host family has read the information of the Federal Employment Agency
and commits itself to act accordingly.
Among others thing,
- Integration of
the Au-Pair into the family with free board and lodging (room with lock
and key for the privacy of the Au-Pair).
- Au-Pair medical
insurance, incl. legal liability cover. The agency only points out different
possibilities to the host family. Remark: The host family is liable
for any damages to persons and things (or a special third-party liability
insurance is bought for Au-Pairs).
- Flexible weekly
working hours from max. 30 hours
- Monthly pocket-money
of € 260.00.
- Possibility to
visit of a language school and possibility for the Au-Pair to practice
- Provision of monthly
or season ticket for the public short-distance transport or the defrayal
- 4 weeks granting
paid vacation at a length of a stay of 12 months.
- In addition, the
Au-Pair benefits of a proportionate monthly vacation of 2 days /month,
including at least one Sunday.
- Immediate registration
for the Au-Pair at the necessary authorities (registration office, foreigner
authority and employment office). The host family carries the costs
arising from this.
All essential changes,
moves, cancellations, visa prolongations or paraphrases have to be immediately
notified in writing to the agency.