Au Pair in Germany
An au pair stay is possible for young people from 18 to 26 years of age, or from 17 to 30 for au pairs from EU/EEA countries and from Switzerland. It offers many opportunities to get to know a new culture. But you will also have to do your bit and get good information.
As an au pair, you can live with a German host family for a maximum of one year: you are a temporary member of the family! Your job: taking care of the family’s kids and helping with light household duties.
The host family and the organisation will take care of your stay: you will normally get your own room, a monthly allowance and free meals. It will contribute a certain amount to your language school and make sure that you are covered by a health and accident insurance.
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- Your rights and duties
- Cost, Insurance and Visa
- Information for parents
An au pair stay will be for a minimum of six and a maximum of 12 months, and there are limits for the participants’ minimum and maximum age. It is not possible to return for another au pair stay, even if you do not complete the maximum period.
A safe and successful stay abroad needs good preparation. You should allow for 8 to 10 months for organising your stay, before your au pair stay actually starts.
You must be between 18 and 27 years of age for an au pair stay in Germany. If you come from an EU or an EEA member state or Switzerland, you may also be 17; in this case you will need the written approval of your parents.
Your language skills
Your knowledge of German does not have to be perfect. But you should be able to speak and understand some German. The minimum is a basic knowledge of German corresponding to Level A 1 (Common European Framework of Reference). The better your knowledge of German, the easier you will find a host family.
There are language schools in every bigger town or city in Germany. Many au pairs attend the relatively inexpensive German courses at their local adult education centre (Volkshochschule).
Au pair agencies can advise you on the type of language course, which is suitable for you. In consultation with your host family, you will then decide on a course, which is suitable for your schedule. The host family will pay € 50 per month towards the course fee.
Information on German as a foreign language is available at:
Your work experience
It is helpful to have some experience and enjoy dealing with children, and how to do simple housework. This will help you get a placement. However, prior experienc is not compulsory.
You are curious and have an open mind. You want to get to know a new culture and you are interested in the country and its people. You can imagine living with a German family for 6 to 12 months.