Explore Italy and earn money. Provide child care to a screened host family.
Travel and earn money at the same time. If that sounds great to you, think about becoming an Au Pair in Italy!
What do Au Pairs do? Au Pairs take care of the children during scheduled hours. They help the children with their homework and assist in keeping children’s rooms and play areas clean. They prepare snacks and meals for the children, and drop them off or pick them up from school or activities. If this sounds like something you’d be really good at, then being an Au Pair in Italy is definitely for you.
Your host family is screened carefully. In addition, you have the ultimate safety net … local coordinators in Italy you can call on anytime. All of this to ensure you have a safe, comfortable environment and that your host family is a suitable host. Receive a clear set of guidelines and expectations that are set with your host family. Through monthly meet ups, make new friends during your time in Italy.
- Be between 18 and 27 with at least a high school diploma. (Female Au Pairs are placed quickly, while male Au Pairs can take a bit longer to be placed.)
- Hold a Passport from the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand.
- Have previous childcare/babysitting experience with references and a genuine love of children.
- Be able to commit to at least 2 months as an au pair.
- If you are going to Italy for longer than 90-days, you must be able to meet the Italy Visa requirements for the long-stay Student Visa program, which includes:
- attending Italian language classes while you’re an au pair, OR
- take our 130 hour TEFL course in Florence your first month, and then you can stay in Italy and work legally for the next 11 months.
- If you are a 2-3 month au pair, you do not need a visa in advance nor do you need to take the language courses.
- Provide a statement of health and a background check.
- Have basic skills in Italian and motivated to achieve a higher fluency.
- Be interviewed by phone or Skype to be accepted by the family.
- Driver’s license is preferred.
- Be able to swim.
Au Pairs in Italy Receive
- Placement with a carefully screened family along with a private bedroom and all of your meals.
- A stipend of approximately €80 to €100 per week. More hours per week will usually receive a higher weekly stipend.
- Help and support as needed from GeoVisions’ partner au pair agency.
- For all au pairs in Italy (short and long term), you will have free time, usually mornings or afternoons. 1 day a week completely free (usually Sunday) and if you are on the 40 hour track, you also receive either 2 days off each week or 1 day and 2 half days off. There are normally 2 to 3 evenings each week that you are free for outings with friends.
- If you are a long term au pair (does not apply to short term au pairs):
- Assistance in identifying a suitable Italian language school near the host family, OR
- Enrollment in our TEFL academy in Florence for 30-days, which means you don’t have to take the Italian language classes.
- Depending on availability of families and their location, we can sometimes place friends near each other.
- 2-months is the minimum and 12 months is the maximum.
- $759 for the 6-12 month program and $849 for the short-term Au Pair program (2-3 months).
The fee you pay to au pair in Italy goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit company, The GeoVisions Foundation. The program donation for this experience covers our costs of local screening of potential host families in Italy; assisting you with the process of compiling the documents you will need to collect; assistance in Italy during your entire stay to make sure what you have agreed to is what really happens; and social gatherings with other au pairs near you. This provides you a great deal of security and a social base to grow and enjoy your time in Italy. If you are from the US, the fee also includes your travel and medical insurance.
We provide 24/7 emergency service, manned by real people. You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return … and beyond, through our active Alumni Community. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation or in moving expenses.
Surprisingly, when the au pair fee and other expenses 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 a program fee and airfare?
You can find sites on the Internet that will encourage you to find a family for free. Some of those sites boast 2 Million registrations. How can any company screen 2 million families? Please think twice before you agree to travel thousands of miles from your family and friends and move in with a host family who are advertising that they want a young woman or a young man to move in with them. They remind us of dating sites.
If things go wrong and your host family violates your agreement with them, resolving the problems will be all up to you. And today you may not be concerned. That’s fine. But just know that any family that ducks under the radar and doesn’t want to be screened, that regularly goes beyond the terms of your contract, making you work too much, too often, on the wrong kinds of tasks will likely keep on doing it unless there is someone right there to step in and help you. Or get you out of that situation quickly and safely.
In the USA and in The Netherlands, au pairs are required to use an approved au pair agency. This government requirement is all about protecting you.
Want some real down to earth ideas? The website, AuPairMom.com is a great source. At that site they “get about one email a week from an au pair in Europe or Australia who is working without the support of an agency. She is usually being expected to work far too much, has limited to no use of a car, can’t leave the host family’s house, and/or is having her pocket money withheld for problems she does not think she caused.”
With GeoVisions, every family is screened carefully and visited in person. Many of these families have hosted au pairs before. We brag that we have a few hundred host families not millions. It’s a number we can screen and stay connected to. It’s not about the money. It’s about your safety.
Why Is There A Placement Fee? It’s like I’m paying to get a job.
You can find free au pair positions on the Internet. Over the years we have met au pairs who did that and 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. Read about them here.
At GeoVisions, the families are screened 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 can meet other au pairs just like you and attend 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).
Good News If You Are From Canada, Australia Or New Zealand
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. This will save Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens thousands of dollars over the course of the year.
To be eligible for this Working Holiday visa, 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 Au Pair duties.
Can I choose my location?
You cannot choose your location in Italy. Most of our au pairs in Italy are placed around Rome, Milan and other larger cities. Mostly, the available locations are based on our host families.
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.
Will I be a part of the family or an employee?
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 participate in family activities, share cultures, make friends in your new community and with other au pairs in the area.
Should I become an au pair in Italy?
Becoming an 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. 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. An amazing cultural exchange!
Here are examples of what it’s like to au pair in Italy, written by our au pairs from our SeekExperiences Blog.
We can accept placements year round. We can even place short-term au pairs (with some time) during the year.
30 to 40 hours per week. This is decided before you ever accept your placement.
Included. A formal orientation is included before your duties begin.
Language schools may be located in your area. Classes are at your expense and are optional. Transportation to and from these classes is included.
18-27 years of age.
Cities and towns all around Italy.
You should not need a visa for the short-term program. For the long-term program 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.
Your continued good health and your safety are paramount to GeoVisions. Access to medical treatment keeps you safe, healthy and participating on the program.
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 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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