Explore The Netherlands 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 The Netherlands!
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 The Netherlands is definitely for you.
Your host family is screened carefully. In addition, you have the ultimate safety net … local coordinators in The Netherlands 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 The Netherlands.
- Be between 18 and 30 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.
- Provide a statement of health and a background check.
- Be interviewed by phone or Skype to be accepted by the family.
- Be able to commit to 10-12 months as an au pair.
- Driving experience is not required, but the ability to ride a bike is. (Many families have cargo bikes that require a minimum height of 5’1″.)
- Provide 3 references.
Au Pairs in The Netherlands Receive
- Placement with a carefully screened family along with a private bedroom and all of your meals.
- Use of a bike and mobile phone (the family will provide you with a €10 credit for the first month on the mobile phone.
- A stipend of at least €300 (Euros) per month for up to 30 hours of babysitting and light housework. The stipend is €340 per month if you are over 20 and have at least two years of college.
- Assistance in identifying a suitable Dutch language school near the host family if you want to learn the language. And financial assistance for the courses.
- At least two full days off per week, plus you are entitled to two-weeks off as paid holidays.
- Medical and accident insurance coverage.
- Help and support as needed from GeoVisions’ partner au pair agency.
- Depending on availability of families and their location, we can sometimes place friends near each other.
- 10-months minimum and 12-months maximum.
The fee pays for local screening of potential host families in The Netherlands; assisting you with the process of compiling the documents you will need to collect; assistance in The Netherlands 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 The Netherlands.
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).
Can I choose my location?
You cannot choose your location in The Netherlands. Most of our au pairs in The Netherlands are placed in Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague, Rotterdam. 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 The Netherlands?
Becoming an au pair in The Netherlands 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 The Netherlands, written by our au pairs from our SeekExperiences Blog.
Positions are available all year.
Work a maximum of 30 hours per week with 2 days off per week and two-weeks off as paid holidays.
A welcome package is provided within a few days of arrival, as well as a welcome call from our Dutch partner.
Native English speaker.
Language (Dutch) or other educational courses are available if you want to take them. The family will contribute up to €320 to help pay for these classes. To receive the reimbursement, you must finish the course however.
18-30 years of age. We have placements for both males and females.
Most placements are in and around one of Holland’s 4 main cities; Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague, Rotterdam.
Included. The host family is responsible for applying for your AuPair Visa.
Your continued good health and safety during your time abroad is of critical importance to GeoVisions, and to the success of the program.
Dutch families are required to provide your health and accident insurance.
Included. The host family will pick you up.
Not included. Ability to ride a bike is important.
You will stay with a Dutch family and you will have a private bedroom.
3 meals per day are included when you are with your Dutch family. When you are traveling on your own, you will need to provide your own meals.
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