Au pair in Germany - Requirement
Become an au pair in Germany

Explore Germany, learn a new language, make international friends and see a whole new world through the eyes of your German children.

 
Au pair in Germany - Requirement
Become an au pair in Germany

Explore Germany, learn a new language, make international friends and see a whole new world through the eyes of your German children.

 
Au pair in Germany - Steps
Become an au pair in Germany

Explore Germany, learn a new language, make international friends and see a whole new world through the eyes of your German children.

 
Au pair in Germany - Family
Become an au pair in Germany

Explore Germany, learn a new language, make international friends and see a whole new world through the eyes of your German children.

 
Au pair in Germany
Become an au pair in Germany

Explore Germany, learn a new language, make international friends and see a whole new world through the eyes of your German children.

 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most important questions about being an au pair in Germany


What are my responsibilities and duties as an au pair?

As an au pair in Germany you have the fantastic opportunity to experience first-hand the German Way of life by living with a host family. In exchange you will provide personalized live-in childcare for your family's children for up to 30 hours per week.
As an au pair you will:

  • Supervise, play, do sports or make handicrafts with your family's children
  • Get the children bathed and dressed
  • Feed and change diapers of infants
  • Make the children's breakfast, lunch or dinner
  • Drive the children to school, kindergarten, appointments, lessons, play dates, etc.
  • Help the children with their school homework
  • Keep your and the children's rooms neat and tidy and do your own and their laundry
  • Do light household work such as vacuuming, un-/loading the dishwasher, taking out the trash, do some grocery shopping, etc.
  • Share your culture and traditions with your host family and vice versa  
  • Accompany your host family on trips and celebrate holidays and birthdays with them

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What do I gain from being an au pair in Germany?
You will gain so much from it! The majority of au pairs state that they have gained more independence, maturity and self-confidence from their stay in Germany. They have had the chance to get to know another culture, make friends with au pairs from other countries and discover hidden talents within themselves. Staying abroad for an extended period of time is also a great way to enhance future careers options as au pairs learn to adapt and adjust to a new lifestyle, to be flexible and to further develop intercultural competencies.

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Why should I become an au pair in Germany with Ayusa?
Ayusas AuPairCare Germany program has a lot of benefits to offer. If you become an au pair with Ayusa you will be supported all along the way and you will have a very safe experience. Our agency visits each host family in person and helps you with applying for an au pair visa. You will also sign a contract with the host family which details all duties and rights of each party for your own protection. For up to 30 hours of childcare per week you will receive a total stipend of €350 per month, 2 days paid vacation per month, comprehensive insurance coverage, as well as a free room and board. And if you decide to come for one year, the host family also pays your roundtrip ticket from your home country. Our local Ayusa representative will visit you at your host family’s home two weeks after your arrival. She will also organize au pair meetings on a regular basis and will help you with any questions or queries you might have during your stay. During the meetings and your time in the language classes you will be able to make new friends from around the world, just like Bobbi from Minnesota in the USA: “Some of my best memories were meeting and interacting with the wonderful people from around Europe and the world! I have gained so many perspectives on other cultures, languages and countries - even without having traveled there! I have made some life-long friends during this experience - which has been irreplaceable.”

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How long is the AuPairCare Program for?
The minimum duration for au pairing in Germany is six months due to au pair visa regulations. The maximum stay on an au pair visa is 12 months. If you are from Australia or New Zealand you have the option to “extend” your stay as you could first come on a Working Holiday Visa and after 12 months apply for an au pair visa in Germany. If you are from the UK or Ireland you do not need a visa at all and can thus stay longer than 12 months if you and your host family wish to extend the contract.

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Is it possible to work as an au pair for a shorter period of time?
Unfortunately it is not possible to work shorter than six months due to au pair visa regulations. You can however extend your stay until 12 months in total.

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Can I leave the AuPairCare Germany program early?
German host families rely on their au pair to be committed and to stay with them for the entire length agreed on in the contract. In the event that the contract is being terminated earlier,  the au pair will be responsible for paying her / his own return flight home which would otherwise have been paid for by the host family if you had previously agreed to stay with them for full 12 months. Furthermore your visa will expire after termination of the program. (In case of a rematch with another host family, the visa will have to be changed over to the new family.)

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Do I need to have a driving license in order to become an au pair?
Not necessarily. It really depends on your host family and their situation. Host families that live right in the city often don’t need their au pairs to drive due to an excellent public infrastructure being in place (i.e. bus or underground train services). Families that live in the outskirts of cities or in smaller towns might require the au pair to drive their children to school, kindergarten, appointments or play dates. It’s recommendable to speak with the family about it during the interview to see whether driving skills are required or not. You can still apply to become an au pair in Germany even if you do not have a driving license or don’t feel comfortable driving in a foreign country. It just may take a little longer to find a host family. 

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Do I need to speak German to be able to become an au pair in Germany?
Yes and no. You do need to know at least the basics of German in order to be granted an au pair visa once you arrive in Germany. This means you need A1 (=elementary) level skills to be granted an au pair visa.  You don’t necessarily need to know German to live with a host family. (Of course it does prove helpful in the beginning when trying to bond with the children). Most host families speak really good English. They are seeking out English native speakers as they want their children to be immersed in the English language. The families also pay parts of the monthly stipend as an educational allowance, so you can take German classes while you are in Germany allowing you to expand your knowledge. And being with children is a great way to explore a new language as you will be learning together with them! When you are done with the program, you will be an advanced or perhaps even a fluent German speaker, which will set you apart from many of your peers when applying for a job.

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Apart from taking a language class how else can I learn German?
While you will be surrounded by the language 24/7 once you have arrived here in Germany and hence will “have no choice but” to learn the language along the way, attending a German language class will ensure you learn the proper grammar and pronunciation.
If you would like to brush up on your German before arrival try using an online language learning system like Rosetta Stone, go to your local library to check out whether they have any German (childrens) books in store, search on the Internet for a free  German web radio station, read German magazines or newspapers online or rent a movie you already know by heart and set the language to German this time. There are many different ways to practice German even before you get here. 

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How can I apply to become an AuPairCare au pair with Ayusa?
If you fulfill all the requirements to become an au pair then have a look here for a detailed overview on how to apply successfully for one of our AuPairCare positions.

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What does the AuPairCare application consist of?
The first step is to fill out our pre-application form. It allows us to assess how well you already fulfill the AuPairCare program requirements. Once your pre-application has been reviewed you can then start our comprehensive AuPairCare application. After you have submitted your application, we will conduct a short interview by Skype or phone before releasing your application to our registered and screened host families.

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How long does the application process take?
It always depends on each applicant but the application itself can be completed within a matter of days. The additional documents such as a basic police check, medical record and obtaining childcare references can take a little longer but should not take more than four weeks. See here for more detailed information.

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How long does it take to match with a family after I have submitted my application?
Depending upon your au pair qualifications, it can take as little as one or two weeks for you to match with a family. Once you are matched, you and your host family will agree on a start date in order to book a flight. Your host family will pay for your flight to and from Germany if you have agreed to stay with them for 12 months.

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Do I have to live with a family as an au pair?
Yes. Au pairing means providing live-in childcare for a host family in a foreign country. It also gives the au pair the fantastic opportunity to really get to know the German way of life.

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What types of families join Ayusas AuPairCare program and how do they qualify for the program?
AuPairCare families are usually hard-working, friendly, busy, and want the best for their children. They participate in the AuPairCare program because they want dependable care for their children, and look forward to sharing their home with an international au pair. Ayusa carefully screens all families who apply to the au pair program including an in-home interview with an (Ayusa) AuPairCare representative. Host families must agree not to schedule the au pair to work more than 30 hours per week. Families must also be German citizens (or permanent residents), and have a sincere desire to share their home with an au pair. Here you can find out more  about our host families.

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Where do AuPairCare host families live in Germany?
We currently place au pairs in the following exciting German cities and their surroundings: Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe / Heidelberg, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Munich. In each of these regions we have local  (Ayusa) AuPairCare representatives who are qualified and fully trained and often have been au pairs once themselves. They will be your main point of contact during your stay. They will meet you in your host family’s home within the first two weeks after your arrival and organize au pair meetings on a regular basis so you can get in touch with other au pairs in your region.

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Can I be placed with my friend in the same family?
Unfortunately it is not possible to place you and your friend together in the same family. Our AuPairCare host families only need one au pair in their family. However, this way you get the chance to really get to know your host family, to truly immerse yourself in another culture and to experience Germany to the fullest.

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Can I be placed in a certain state / area in Germany?
Ayusa  places au pairs in areas where there are other au pairs too. For a list of these areas please see the answer to the question above. Our main objective is to help an au pair find a compatible host family. While we will certainly try to accommodate your request for a particular region, placement may take longer than usual. The best way of finding your “perfect” host family is to stay as open-minded and flexible as possible. As an au pair you will be spending the next six to twelve months with your host family, therefore we encourage all our au pairs to accept a match based on the individual family rather than on their location. From experience we know that the success of a placement is not determined by the area where the au pair is living but how well the au pair gets on with the family. While some places in Germany like i.e. Berlin are probably more familiar to au pairs, all parts of the country are interesting, and each has its own advantages. The country has a lot to offer and as an au pair you may be surprised to discover cities or regions that you didn't know about before. You will have a chance to visit other parts of Germany during your vacation time.

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Are there ever any au pairs Ayusa is unable to find a host family for?
We are happy to say that so far we have been able to place all au pairs except for a handful. The reasons for the few au pairs we were not able to place were down to them either being very specific/inflexible about the region the wanted to be placed in or only wanted to work with just one child aged 6 years and older or because they did not allow sufficient time for the matching process when handing in their application or they simply changed their mind about au pairing in general.

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Will I receive support when applying for my au pair visa?
If you need to apply for an au pair visa you will have to do so after your arrival in Germany (except for South Africans who must apply for an au pair visa with a German embassy before their departure). Once you have matched with a host family, your host family will get in touch with the respective German authority to figure out what documents are needed for the visa application process. Depending on the region of Germany where you are placed there might be visa documents that need to be completed before your arrival. If this is the case we will get in touch with you about it.

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What if I have a problem during my stay in Germany?
Moving to a new country, having a new family, and being responsible for children can be overwhelming at times! With the help of your local Ayusa representative, your host family and other au pairs in your area, you will quickly become comfortable and adapt to your new surroundings. If you have a problem during your stay with your host family it is very important to first try to sort it out directly with them. As always, communication is the key! However, if the problem persists or you do not know how to address it with your host family you can always turn to your local Ayusa representative for support and advice. She will act also as a mediator between you and your host family. If the problem between the au pair and family cannot be resolved and was not due to the au pair neglecting her duties there is always the possibility of re-matching with a new host family. Nevertheless this should always be seen as the last resort after every other effort to resolve the issue have been made.

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What if I become homesick?
Homesickness can be quite tough to deal with at first and some au pairs may find the first few months of their program challenging. Our Ayusa representatives understand this very well, and will be there to support and advise you as you adjust. It also often helps to get out of the house during your free time and meet up with other au pairs in your area. Talking with them and hearing how they have managed to overcome homesickness, and how much they are enjoying their stay now in Germany can also help you remember why it is that you wanted to come to Germany in the first place. Remember, ups and downs are normal when living in a foreign culture. It takes time to adjust to another lifestyle but in the end it’s always worth sticking to it. Imagine the sense of achievement you will feel!

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How can I stay in touch with my family and friends back home during my stay as an AuPairCare au pair in Germany?
There are different ways to communicate with your loved ones back home. While using modern social media like Skype and Facebook are an easy way to stay in touch, for au pairs from the US there is also an alternative device called “Magic Jack” . You will need to buy it in the States before you come to Germany. It consists of a piece of device which to plug into your computer and provides you with one year of service. It works either with the mic on your computer or with an external phone that you plug into it. Once installed you can then choose a local American phone number from which you can call anywhere in the United States without paying anything else. For more information visit www.magicjack.com.

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Can I attend a language course during my time as an au pair?
As an au pair you have the fantastic chance to advance your German language skills and thus gain a new qualification which might even aid your career afterwards. The German au pair visa requires all au pairs to attend German language course(s) during their stay in order to improve their language skills. And what’s even better your AuPairCare host family contributes an educational allowance each month of 90 € (as part of the 350 € monthly salary) towards your educational experience.

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How can I find a suitable language class in the area that I live in?
Once you have arrived in Germany your host family and your local Ayusa representative can provide you with information on the local institutions near your place where German is being taught. Here you can find more detailed information on your study time in Germany

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Who is Ayusa International e. V.
Ayusa International is part of Intrax Cultural Exchange, an international exchange organization headquartered in San Francisco. Founded in 1980, Intrax today has over 1,300 Student Support staff, 100 dedicated Partner Services staff, regional offices in 7 countries, and a presence in more than 80 countries. Intrax is proud to welcome more than 20,000 participants into its programs each year.

Intrax has been running the AuPairCare Program to the USA since 1989 and has grown to become one the largest and most successful au pair programs in the USA with more than 30,000 successful au pair placements and participants representing 45 countries. The committed Ayusa staff in the German office in Berlin has extensive experiences in educational and cultural exchange programs. Ayusa prides itself for premium programs resulting in high customer satisfaction and excellent referral rates. Supported by a national network of about 70 representatives, Ayusa Germany is offering the following programs for Germans to go abroad: Au pair, high school exchange, language classes, internships, and work & travel. Aside from the AuPairCare program to Germany, Ayusa  also organizes a high school exchange program to Germany.

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