send us your photos!
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?
German 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 a minimum period of one year. Au-pair pocket money is
Euro 260 - per month for 35 hours per week, but many
families pay more and you can negotiate to do extra hours
for more money..
long is my contract?
JCR will ask
you to contract with your host family for six months or one
year. It takes at least eight weeks to process an au-pair
visa so you need to plan well in advance. You can only go
once to Germany on an aupair visa!
the age limits..I look very young!
limits are not set by JCR. They are set by the German
Government and unless you are within the age limits
requested, you will be refused an au-pair permit for
much will it cost me?
here for the program costs.
Protection do I have?
have one of the best German programs. Aupairs are placed
within easy contact of other aupairs and a community
counsellor. The counsellor will arrange regular get
togethers during the year and call to check
on each aupair as well as providing emergency assistance.
Public Germany offers
sausages, beer, cars that outperform all others and a football team
that seldom loses. To understand private Germany however and to get in
touch with the German soul (inside every German is a touch of
Beethoven) you must live within the culture as a member of a family.
Germans have an unequalled passion for their cultural heritage
and will be happy to share with it with you. The Germans green
economics and politics is amongst the most developed in the world
YOU AND YOUR
themselves on their efficiency, organisation, discipline, cleanliness
and punctuality. Within that framework, your host family expects you
to provide safe, loving, reliable child care assistance for their
children for between 25 and 35 hours per week. You may be responsible
for bathing and feeding the children, playing games, taking them
to school and fetching them, supervising homework and taking them to
extra mural activities such as horse riding, swimming lessons, art,
karate, ballet; arranging play dates with friends and taking them on
suitable outings. You will be responsible for ironing, general
housework, meal preparation, help with grocery shopping and
other family chores. You will learn about recycling all manner of
waste. Family life is warm, cosy and affectionate.
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 GERMANY
- Have your own
furnished bedroom in your host family's home
- Receive weekly
pocket money (Euro 260 per month)
- Have two weeks paid
vacation with pocket money
- 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 whilst
you are there which
will paid for by your host family.
- Have your airfare
provided by the host family (terms and conditions apply)
- Have access to a
counsellor with a 24 hour emergency number
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of introduction from a family
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