Becoming an Au Pair in Switzerland

Au Pair Switzerland

Do you want to become an Au Pair in the Switzerland? 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 Switzerland.

Non-EU citizens can check if they need a visa here... Visa requirements for Switzerland.

Answer YES to all below questions and you can go to the Switzerland!

EU and EFTA citizens

Non-EU citizens

Are you 17 to 30 years old?

Are you 18 to 25 years old?

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

Or EFTA country Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway?

Can you pay one of the agencies recognised by SECO?

Have you checked if you require a visa? See visa requirements for Switzerland.

Have a high school diploma or equivalent?

Have a high school diploma or equivalent?

Can you pay for your travel costs?

Can you pay for your travel costs?

Do you have childcare experience?

Do you have childcare experience?

Are you willing to attend a language course for at least three months?

Are you  willing to attend a language course for at least three months?

Can't become an Au Pair in Switzerland? Find information on other host countries.


An Au Pair is regarded as an employed person in Switzerland. Therefore your pocket money is subject to social insurance contributions like the income of any employed person. Your family must apply for your insurance certificate at the social insurance authorities, so that your contributions can be calculated and settled.


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

Au Pairs receive around 500-800 CHF per month.

Room and board

Private room and main meals will be provided for by the Host Family for free.

Working hours

Au pairs in the Switzerland usually work 30 hours per week, babysitting included.

Time off

Before you start working for your host family, you should discuss how many days and evenings you will get off and when these will be with each other.


In Switzerland, Au Pairs have 4 weeks of paid vacation in a year (5 weeks if the participants are under 20 years old). 

Language course

Au Pairs in Switzerland have to take a part in a language course during their stay. Since there are several languages spoken in Switzerland the participants are free to choose one of the spoken languages.


The language course will be partially covered by the Host Family.

Travel expenses

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

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