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I have a driver's license?
No, it is not
a prerequisite for most positions , but if you have one it
is an advantage
are living conditions like?
expect your own room as an au-pair, provided within the
family home. Homes in the cities tend to be smaller
than homes in the country.
Lisa's description of her duties.
What will my au-pair duties be?
Austrian families do require domestic
assistance from their aupairs. Most of the duties of an
au-pair will revolve around the children; however an
au-pair should expect to load the washer and dryer and do
some ironing, general tidying up of the home and
cooking for the children. You will be required to contract
for six months or one year. Au-pair pocket money is
Euro 60 - 80 per week.
long is my contract?
JCR will ask
you to contract with your host family for one
year. It takes at least eight weeks to process an au-pair
visa so you need to plan well in advance.
much will it cost me?
here for the program costs.
Inhabited since the
Stone Age, the Austrian area has a long history of occupations,
territorial struggles, war and rulers. The most significant rulers,
the Germanic Habsburgs, ruled Austria for 640 years. Their imperial
culture was centered in Vienna. Landlocked in central Europe,
Austria is today one of the continent's most influential countrys in
both economic and political issues. Over the last half-century, the
extraordinary Alpine scenery and cultural attractions of Austria and
its cities, have transformed it into a major tourism destination.
Perhaps no one country can match the musical resumé of Austria.
It's the homeland of legendary composers like Brahms, Haydn, Mahler,
Mozart, Schubert and the Strausses - both father and son. In
addition, the German-born Ludwig van Beethoven lived in Vienna for
most of his adult life.The current biography of Austria (the home
of the Viennese Waltz, the Vienna Boys Choir and dancing Lipizzaner
horses), is one of progress and stability. Combine that with an
abundance of natural beauty, spectacular mountain vistas, castles,
cosmopolitan cities, the Danube River Valley, music festivals, and
of course - world class Alpine skiing and resorts - and Austria is a
very exciting choice for aupair exploration.
The people of Austria love to use
every possible occasion to celebrate, enjoying high quality meals
and excellent wine in the company of friends and family. They are
proud of their rich cultural heritage and breathtaking landscape and
take good care to preserve both. And as a music loving people, there
is an amazing variety of festivals and concerts covering all tastes
YOU AND YOUR
Austrian families are
small, many are single parent families with usually
not more than two children. Child care benefits in Austria are very
good and most mothers will remain at home for the first two years of a
child's life. The quality of life is good. Many host families live
outside of the major cities, but transport is good and everything is
very close when compared to South Africa. You can expect to be
responsible for washing, ironing and basic housework , meals for the
children, assistance with homework and extra murals.
We provide you with
information about your host family and they will call you for an
interview. Often you will choose a family based on mutual expectations
and hobbies and interests, or they may just sound right. Should the
unlikely case of an exploitative situation occur, JCR will remove you
and arrange for you to stay in a safe house and where possible place
you with another family.
WHAT IT IS
LIKE TO BE AN AU-PAIR IN AUSTRIA
- Have your own
furnished bedroom in your host family's home
- Receive weekly
pocket money (Euro 60 to 80 per week)
- Have two weeks
- Be able to travel
and explore Europe
- Be given a JCR
handbook with information about banking, meeting friends, managing
- Meet regularly with
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- Be enrolled in a
German language course to assist you with learning German at least
50% of which
will paid for by your host family.
- Have access to a
counsellor with a 24 hour emergency number