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.

  1. General Information
  2. Your rights and duties
  3. Organisation
  4. Cost, Insurance and Visa
  5. Testimonials
  6. Information for parents

    Information for parents

    Your daughter or son plans to spend time in Germany working as au pair? Exciting times – also for you as his/her parents!

    An au pair programme offers many opportunities and advantages:

    • The host family offering involvement in their family.

    • The programme is inexpensive as the host family will pay for the room, board, a share of the language course, insurance and an allowance.

    • Life in a family and attending a language school are a good basis for getting to know the German language and culture.

    • You will yourself learn a lot about the host country of your child and follow its stay from afar.

    You should definitely make sure that your daughter or son gets good information about an au pair stay in Germany. Any potential host family in Germany may directly recruit their au pair, but it is recommended to use agencies in view of their comprehensive services both before and during the au pair stay itself – in dealing with formalities or helping in case of problems with a host family, for example.

    Most agencies belong to the denominational umbrella organisations IN VIA and vij or to the non-denominational Aupair Society e.V..

    With the participation of these three associations and supported by the Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the Gütegemeinschaft Au-pair e.V. (Quality Association Au Pair) was established. Its affiliated agencies pledge to offer a safe and high quality au pair programme. Their work is audited regularly, and you can recognise them by the ‘Au-pair Incoming’ RAL Quality Seal.

    These agencies offer:

    • the selection of suitable host families,

    • advise and support during the entire stay,

    • support in case of difficulties between the au pair and the host family,

    • side events for au pairs , such as club meetings or cultural trips.