Becoming an Au Pair in Germany

Au Pair in Germany

Do you want to become an Au Pair in Germany (Au Pair Deutschland)? Find important information here about visa requirements, Au Pair duties, pocket money, working hours, etc.


Getting a visa

EU and EFTA citizens do not need a visa to travel to the UK. Non-EU citizens must apply for a visa at their local German embassy using the following documents (contact your local German embassy for more information):

  • Au Pair contract signed by your host family (original)
  • Invitation letter from your host family (original)
  • Valid passport
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    Insurance confirmation you received from your host family

 Answer YES to all below questions and you can go to Germany!

Non-EU citizens

EU and EFTA citizens

Are you 18 to 26 years old?

Are you 17 to 30 years old?

Are you willing to apply for a visa?


Are you a citizen of EU country Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or the UK?


Or EFTA country Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland?

Do you have a basic knowledge of German (at least at level A1)?

Do you have a basic knowledge of German?

Are you single and without children?

Are you single and without children?

Can you pay for your travel costs?

Can you pay for your travel costs?

Do you wish to stay in Germany for a minimum of 6 months?


Is this the first time you will be an Au Pair in Germany?

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Duties

As an Au Pair, your primary responsibility is to look after the host family's children. Alongside childcare, you may be asked to help out with light household chores as part of your duties. Clarify with your host family what your exact duties as an Au Pair will be, and ensure these are well defined in an Au Pair contract.

Pocket money

In Germany Au Pairs receive 260 euros per month, and is given during holidays and sickness

Room and board

Au Pairs must have a private room with a window at least 9 square metres. The room must be lockable and main meals will be provided for by the family for free.

Working hours

Au pairs in Germany usually work no more that 6 hours per day and 30 hours per week, babysitting included.

Time off

You are entitled to at least one day off per week. Once a month, this day should be a Sunday. Your host family must make sure that you get at least 4 evenings off per week.

Holidays

According to the German Federal Employment Agency, Au Pairs are entitled to a paid holiday of 4 weeks, provided that they stay with their family for 1 year. Families which go on a holiday usually take their Au Pair with them. During this time, you will perform your regular duties by looking after the children.


In Germany, it is regulated that Au Pairs do not need to work on public holidays. Only in exceptional cases Au Pairs should work on public holidays. The host family should discuss this with their Au Pair beforehand.

Language course

Your host family should offer you the opportunity to attend a German language course during your spare time. The same applies to cultural activities. Host families need to contribute towards the costs of the language course with 50 euros per month (in addition to the pocket money).

Travel expenses

It is expected that you pay for your flights to and from Germany. 


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