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The term “demi au pair” is derived from the more common “au pair”, which is French for “equal” or “mutual”. It implies that giving and taking between you and your host family should be well-balanced. The other part of the term, demi, means half, indicating that you work less than an au pair and are afforded more time to study. Demi Au Pair in Italy then means you will au pair part time and have plenty of time to travel and study Italian.
GeoVisions demi au pairs travel to Italy to experience Italian life while living with an Italian family and caring for their children in exchange for room, board and a monthly salary. Being a demi au pair in Italy is one of the best international jobs there is.
As a demi au pair in Italy, you basically do the same things as an au pair: You live in a host family, you care for their children and do light household tasks, you bring the children to school or pick them up – and in your free time, you get to study Italian, go out with new friends or simply enjoy more of Italy.
The main difference between an au pair and a demi au pair is in the amount of work and study expected. As a demi au pair, you only work for up to 4 hours per day or 20 hours per week, whereas an au pair would work 5+ hours daily. In the remaining time, however, you are expected to visit a language school and take daily Italian lessons. Note that you will have to cover the costs of the language course yourself – just like with au pairs, however, accommodation, food and health insurance are provided by your host family.
This 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.
Some of our demi au pairs tell us the bond they form with their host family can last a lifetime. We know some demi 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 a demi au pair in Italy is a serious position … and while you do get paid to travel … your main responsibilities are the children you care for as well as studying the Italian language. 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 Italy, but mostly in and around Milan.
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? Have you always wanted to become fluent in Italian? If the answer is “yes” then this program is definitely for you.
Aside from earning money while you travel, our demi au pairs have the opportunity to learn more about children and influence their lives. As a demi 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.
- Yes. We can place you near one another and then you can travel together on weekends and take classes together too!
- Minimum 6 months.
You will earn 100€ per week, which is approximately US$114 of weekly income. If you fulfill your contract it is possible the family will pay 1/2 of your airfare. You should buy your roundtrip ticket and let your host family know in advance what it cost. If you complete the contract and do a great job, it is possible that you would receive money towards paying for the return portion of your airline ticket.
Surprisingly, when demi au pair program fees and other expenses paid are compared with pocket money earned plus the value of room and board, demi au pairs earn more than they spend.
Did you know that being a demi au pair is one of the most affordable ways to experience international travel even if you have to pay program fees and flight expenses?
To see how the math works, press the red button below. See for yourself that being an au pair can be one of the most affordable ways to experience international education, work and travel, while having the experience of a lifetime!
Over the years we have met demi au pairs who have had horrible experiences when they thought they are 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.
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 salary possible. We provide a formal orientation, and we provide a person in-country to help you and to be there for you. You will meet other demi 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).
Why do we have good news for you? For citizens of Australia, Canada or New Zealand … it’s as easy as obtaining a Working Holiday Visa.
Receiving the Italy Working Holiday Visa means you do NOT have to take language courses when you enter Italy longer than 3-months. US Citizens are not allowed to apply for the Italy Working Holiday Visa and to Au Pair for a year US Citizens must apply for and receive the student visa, and take language courses during their stay. This will save Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens thousands of dollars over the course of the year.
Italy Working Holiday Visa Information
Italy 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 the Italian Republic, 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; (35 for Canadians).
- 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 the Italian Republic.
- Pays the prescribed working holiday visa application fee.
- Agrees to hold medical and comprehensive hospitalisation insurance to remain in force throughout his/her stay in the Italian Republic.
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 Italian Embassy or consulate in your home country before making any work and travel plans.
New Zealand Citizens
To apply or for further information contact The Italian Embassy In Wellington.
For further information on working holiday agreements between Australia and Italy visit the Embassy Of Italy In Canberra.
For Further Information Contact The Embassy Of Italy In Ottawa.
Citizens of full European (EFTA, EEA) Member Countries are able to live and work in Italy 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 demi au pair duties.
Demi Au Pairs in Italy Must
- Be between 20 and 27 with at least a high school diploma.
- We can currently take Demi 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 a minimum of 6+ months as a demi au pair.
- Have basic skills in Italian and motivated to achieve a higher fluency.
- Have driving experience.
- Be able to swim.
Information on Italian Host families
- Age of Children: Most families have school age children. If there is a baby, the au pair’s main task is to look after the older children, or help the mother with the baby. The demi au pair should not have sole charge of a child less than two years old.
- Expectations for the demi au pair: A demi au pair has to be fully reliable when looking after the children. The demi au pair has to take part in the family life and routine. Meal time is very important in Italy, and demi au pairs should be prepared to spend some time speaking with the family during the evening meal. They should help with the meal as a member of the family.
Demi Au Pairs in Italy Receive
- Placement with a carefully screened family.
- A private room and full board.
- A stipend of 100€ (Euros) per week for up to 20 hours of baby sitting. Currently that amount would be $114 US per week.
- Help and support as needed from GeoVisions’ partner au pair agency.
- At least one full day off per week.
- Free time, usually mornings or afternoons. 1 day a week completely free (usually Sunday). There are normally 2 to 3 evenings each week that you are free for outings with friends.
- Medical and accident insurance coverage.
- The possibility of the family paying for 1/2 of your airfare if you complete your contract and do a great job.
Demi 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 Italian family with English language as desired.
- Adjusting to the Italian culture and customs, while sharing your culture and language with the family.
We can accept placements year round.
20 hours per week. This is decided before you ever accept your placement.
Included. A formal orientation is included before your duties begin.
Language schools are located in your area. Classes are at your expense. Transportation to and from these classes is included.
20-27 years of age.
Mostly around the Milan area of Italy.
A visa will be required (unless you are a citizen of the EU). Those visa fees are not included in the program fee and will differ from country to country. For US citizens you will need a student visa.
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 iNext/Nationwide. You will be sent details of the plan appropriate to you before departure. Please read the information about the plan carefully.
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. And for the record, we don’t understand or agree with these laws either.
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.
Included. Most of the time Italian host families meet the Demi au pair at the airport or the train station. This will be worked out long before you arrive in Italy.
Included to and from your language courses, if you are taking them.
Included. You will stay with an Italian family and have a private bedroom.
3 meals per day are included when you are with your Italian family. When you are traveling on your own, you will need to provide your own meals.
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