Au Pair in New Zealand

Au Pair in New Zealand

Explore New Zealand and earn money. Provide child care to a screened host family.

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Travel and earn money at the same time. If that sounds great to you, think about becoming an Au Pair in New Zealand!

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 New Zealand is definitely for you.

Your host family is screened carefully and your ultimate safety net is the local coordinators in New Zealand 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 New Zealand.

  • You must be between 18 and 30 with at least a high school diploma. (Please note that males can apply to be an au pair.  The placements will take longer to make.)
  • Have previous childcare/babysitting experience, and a genuine love of children.
  • Be able to commit to at least 6 months as an au pair. A 12 month program is much easier to place! When arriving between October and December, 9 months is the minimum stay.  Please arrive in February, March or April.
  • Obtain a working holiday visa.
  • You must have a  valid driver’s license and be prepared to drive in New Zealand. We recommend obtaining an international driver’s license.  Two driving lessons are provided to help familiarize au pairs with driving in New Zealand.  (Please note that most cars in New Zealand are standard transmission.)
  • Be a non-smoker.
Au Pairs in New Zealand Receive
  • A private room and full board.
  • A stipend of NZ $170 (net) per week for up to 30 hours of babysitting per week. Working up to 40 hours/week you earn NZ$215 (net) per week.  45 hours/week receive NZ$235 (net).
  • Au Pairs will have 2 days off per week.
  • With a 6 month placement, au pairs receive 2 weeks of holiday time.  9 month placements receive 3 weeks of holiday time. With a 12 month program, au pairs receive 4 weeks holiday.
  • In-country support.
  • Monthly au pair coffee group and occasional special events.
  • 2-3 day orientation. (Au pairs working with preschool children will stay 3 days. Au pairs working only with school aged children finish orientation after Day 2.)
  • Assistance setting up a NZ bank account.

  • Depending on availability of families and their location, we can sometimes place friends near each other.
  • Six-months is the minimum length and twelve-months is the maximum.
  • $799 for six or 12 months.
  • The fee you pay to au pair in New Zealand 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 New Zealand; assisting you with the process of compiling the documents you will need to collect; assistance in New Zealand 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 New Zealand. 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?

Please Be Careful

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, 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 New Zealand.  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 New Zealand?

Becoming an au pair in New Zealand 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 New Zealand.  An amazing cultural exchange!

Here are examples of what it’s like to au pair in New Zealand, written by our au pairs from our SeekExperiences Blog.

  • Six month placements may only begin in January, February or July.
    No placement can end in March, April, May or June.
    12-month placements may begin in January, February, or July through December.

    If your placement begins from August through December, you must stay until June the following year.

  • 30-45 hours/week (au pairs are given a weekly stipend based on the hours per week)

  • Orientation includes accommodation, meals, course materials, CPR and first aid course, driving theory, and more. Au Pairs working with preschool children will stay for 3 days. Au Pairs working with only school aged children will attend 2 days of orientation.)


    2018 orientation dates:

    January 11-12, 18-19
    February 8-9
    March 15-16
    April 12-13
    May 17-18
    June 14-15
    July 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
    August 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24
    September 6-7, 13-14, 27-28
    October 11-12, 25-26
    November 15-16
    December 13-14.

  • English

  • No language training necessary.

  • 18-30 years of age.

  • Throughout New Zealand (many in the Auckland area).

  • Not Included

  • Not Included. A working holiday visa is required from the New Zealand Government’s website.

  • 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 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. We struggle to understand these insurance laws in our country every day.

    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.

    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. There is specially trained staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7-days a week to assist you wherever you are.

  • Included, as well as transport to the host family.

  • Not included.

  • You will stay with your host family and have a private bedroom.

  • 3 meals per day are included when you are with your family. When you are traveling on your own, you will need to provide your own meals.

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