Setting expectations – Practical considerations
There are quite a lot of things you should consider and think of before becoming an au pair, to make sure you have the right expectations and you have a good idea of what exactly you want to do!
Where do you want to go?
Get information from the IAPA member agencies in your country about your options to go abroad as an au pair. Keep in mind that every country has different programme rules and conditions. Au pair programmes are not offered in every country, or there are restrictions regarding certain nationalities.
You can find a list of IAPA member agencies in your country here >>
What is expected of au pairs in the programme and do you meet the criteria?
Make sure to inform yourself properly, especially about the following criteria:
- Age restrictions
- Expected experience in child care
- Time frame
- Language skills
- Visa restrictions
- Driving skills
What are the conditions?
Make sure that you receive information about:
- Hours that you help the family
- The kind of work that is expected from you (ie household chores)
- The amount of free time and holidays that you have
- The pocket money you would receive
Period of time?
- What is the maximum/minimum time frame for you to go abroad and take part in the au pair programme?
- When is the best time for you to travel?
Consider the costs involved in becoming an au pair:
- Application fee
- Placement fee
- Language classes