Travel around Germany and get paid. Provide child care to a screened host family.
Being an au pair in Germany is a great program if you want to travel and earn money at the same time! Add to that great combo a loving host family where you will have all of your meals, a private bedroom and all the support you need.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 27, we’re interested in having you join us. All we need to begin is for you to hold a passport from the United States, Canada, UK, EU, New Zealand, Australia, or Ireland. We will screen your host family, ensuring you have a safe, comfortable environment and that they are a suitable host. We will also provide you with a clear set of guidelines and expectations that are set with your host family. We will also help you make new friends during your time there. We organize monthly meet ups and other social activities.
Your private room and meals are included with your placement fee. Provide 30 hours each week of child care for the family and you’ll be paid around $275 US each month. During your time off you will have plenty of time to meet other au pairs and travel around Germany.
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 be able to participate in family activities, share cultures, make friends in your new community and with other au pairs in the area … a built in social network to make your time abroad a lot more fun, exciting and rewarding.
Becoming an au pair in Germany 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 in Germany.
Be ready to get to know and love the everyday life in Germany, enjoy a second home with new friends, become more independent and confident, discover new interests, put your organizational and creative skills to the test, get to know yourself better, add an international reference to your resume in order to help with future job applications as you become an au pair in Germany.
Do you enjoy helping children with homework, assisting in keeping children’s rooms and play areas clean, preparing snacks and meals for children, and dropping them off or picking them up from school or activities? If the answer is “yes” then this program is definitely for you.
This is a great program for people who want to experience life in Germany and the German culture in-depth. The program has a focus on you providing child care for the family, who in turn will pay you. But there is also a big cultural exchange component, and host families are excited to share the characteristics of their country, culture and cuisine.
Aside from earning money while you travel, our Au Pairs have the opportunity to learn more about children and influence their lives. As an Au Pair you develop more self-confidence and become more independent. Living with a family in their own country gives you an amazing insight into that county’s culture, values and people.
Your confidence and experience will grow even more when you take advantage of the unique tools offered only to GeoVisions’ au pairs, including our ESL Lounge.
- Depending on availability of families and their location, we can sometimes place friends near each other.
- The minimum is six-months and the maximum is twelve-months.
- $479 for 10-12 month jobs. $749 for 6-9 month jobs.
You will earn 260€ (Euros) per month, which is approximately $275 US.
You will also receive a monthly ticket for public transport and/or the possibility to use the family’s car.
Surprisingly, when au pair program fees and other expenses paid are compared with pocket money earned plus the value of room and board, au pairs earn more than they spend. Did you know that being an au pair is one of the most affordable ways to experience international travel even if you have to pay program fees and flight expenses?
- $479 program fee due before you leave if you stay 10-12 months.
- $686 airfare. We used STA Travel from Chicago as the departure city.
- TOTAL COSTS: $1,165
How Much Will I Make?
- $3,300 salary. This is around $275 a month.
- You get 1 day off each week and your health and accident insurance is paid.
- You get 4 weeks paid vacation during the year.
- You will make around $3,300 over the twelve months as an Au Pair.
- You will spend around $1,165 to get there.
- That means you could clear in the neighborhood of $2,135! And your room and board are covered too!
Don’t forget that the value of that room (you don’t have to pay rent) and meals (you don’t have to buy food) is approximately $11,760 US. This figure is based on the cost of staying in Germany as a student in student accommodation and eating the lowest cost meals. The value of your paid vacation and health insurance is over $1,000 US.
Why Is There A Placement Fee? It’s like I’m paying to get a job.
Over the years we have met au pairs who have 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.
At GeoVisions, we have pre-screened the families and the position 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 will meet other au pairs just like you and we provide 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).
For citizens of Australia, Canada or New Zealand … it’s as easy as obtaining a Working Holiday Visa (Youth Mobility Visa if you’re from Canada).
Receiving the German Working Holiday Visa means you do NOT have to take language courses when you enter Germany longer than 3-months. US Citizens are not allowed to apply for the German Working Holiday Visa. You have 90-days to show that you have a working knowledge of the German language and then your host family will take you to the Embassy and you will qualify for an Au Pair visa.
German Working Holiday Visa Information
Germany has a working Holiday visa available to New Zealand, Australian And Canadian Citizens.
To be eligible applicants must:
- Be a citizen of New Zealand, Australia or Canada.
- Satisfy the visa officer that his/her primary intention is to holiday in Germany, with employment being an incidental rather than a primary reason for the visit.
- Be aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years, both inclusive, at the time of application.
- Not accompanied by children.
- Possess a valid New Zealand, Canadian or Australian passport.
- Possess a return ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket.
- Possess sufficient funds for his/her maintenance during the period of stay in Germany.
- Pay the prescribed working holiday visa application fee.
- Agree to hold medical and comprehensive hospitalization insurance to remain in force throughout his/her stay in Germany.
- This is a brief & general summary. Visa requirements and the number of working holiday visas allocated in countries each year can vary and new agreements are being made regularly so we recommended you attain complete and up to date official information from the German Embassy or consulate in your home country before making any work and travel plans.
New Zealand Citizens
Citizens of full European (EFTA, EEA) Member Countries are able to live and work in Germany without a visa or work permit. There is no visa application, no classes to take. GeoVisions will supply an eager host family who has been screened and EU citizens just need to show up on the agreed upon date to begin the Au Pair duties.
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. You will Skype, call or email your family before you pay the balance of your program fees. It’s the only way everyone will be happy.
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 have the room for one extra person in the home. 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.
If you’re set on traveling with someone and they must be close by, take a look at our other program types, because we do have those kinds of placements. Give us a call and ask.
Au Pairs in Germany Must
- Be between 18 and 27 with at least a high school diploma.
- We can currently take Au Pairs from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland.
- Have previous childcare/babysitting experience, and a genuine love of children.
- Be able to commit to at least 6 months as an au pair.
- Have basic skills in German and motivated to achieve a higher fluency.
- Have driving experience.
- Be able to swim.
- Have references from childcare experience, interest in working with children and have a love of children.
Au Pairs in Germany Receive
- Placement with a carefully screened family.
- A private room and full board.
- A stipend of 260€ (Euros) per month for up to 30 hours of babysitting. Currently that amount would be $275 US per month.
- A monthly ticket for public transport or the possibility to use the family’s car.
- At least one full day off per week (usually the full weekend).
- Applicants who stay for 12 months have the right of 4 weeks of paid holiday (If you stay for 6 months you receive 2 weeks paid holiday)
- Transportation costs of getting to German language classes, if enrolled.
- Here are examples, written by our au pairs from our SeekExperiences Blog.
- Medical and accident insurance coverage.
Au Pair Responsibilities Include
- Living with the host family as a member of the family and the desire for a strong cross-cultural relationship.
- Helping with babysitting, child care and general household duties.
- Assisting the German family with English language as desired.
- Adjusting to the German culture and customs, while sharing your culture and language with the host family.
- Occupying the children in an interesting and creative way, reading books to them, taking them for a walk, preparing simple meals, taking them to the kindergarten, etc.
Placements are available year round.
30 hours per week. At least one day per week off (usually the whole weekend). 12-month stays receive 4-weeks of paid holiday & 6 month stays get 2-weeks paid.
After your arrival, 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.
Included. A formal orientation is given in Germany before starting your au pair duties.
A good basic knowledge of German.
If available near your placement, assistance is provided in identifying suitable language lessons. The cost of language classes is not included in your program fee.
18-27 years of age. We have placements for both males and females.
Enter on a tourist visa. Between 1 and 4 weeks your family will take you to the Consulate to get your work permit. The family pays for the permit.
Your continued good health and safety during your time abroad is of critical importance to GeoVisions, and to the success of the program.
With the new healthcare and insurance laws in the United States, GeoVisions cannot legally provide travel, health and accident insurance on our group plan for any participant who resides outside the US. If that is you, we hope you will still participate with us.
For US Citizens, GeoVisions has arranged accident and health insurance services through STA Travel. You will be sent details of the plan appropriate to you before departure. Please read the information about the plan carefully. You can also upload a photo for the card which will act as your insurance card and your GeoVisions ID card. This card is good for one year.
If you reside outside the US, please find out if your current health insurance plan covers you when you travel. If it does not, you will need to purchase an insurance plan separately. Then, simply send us a scan or photo of your insurance card. It’s that simple.
GeoVisions takes your health very seriously. We have specially trained staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7-days a week to assist you wherever you are.
Normally your family will collect you at the airport, and airport transfers are included in your program fee.
A monthly ticket for public transport is provided by your family and/or the possibility to use the family’s car.
You will stay with a German family and you will have a private bedroom.
3 meals per day are included when you are with your German family. When you are traveling on your own, you will need to provide your own meals.