Au pair is a foreign national, preferably a woman who takes care of children and does small daily household tasks for a host family abroad. An Au pair service in Germany is a part of the family rather than being an employee.
A German Au pair visa is more of a cultural exchange visa that allows an individual to live in Germany as an Au pair.
German language proficiency of level A1 (the most basic German language knowledge) but preferably of level A2 for one’s own benefit
Aged between 18 and 27
Unmarried and should have no children
Haven’t arrived in Germany before as an Au pair
It is the contract made between the host family and the Au pair. It specifies all the Dos and Don’ts for both parties involved. Some common points included here are: duties of Au pair, working hours, duration of stay, days off and paid holidays, pocket money of Au pair, insurance, and language courses. It can also include special mentions like driving license requirements depending on the host family.
An Au pair’s primary responsibility is to take care of the children of the host family. It may involve arranging kids’ rooms, cooking food for them, taking them to the park or to the kindergarten, playing with them, and so on. On some occasions, Au pairs may also have to do daily household tasks. The working hours for Au pairs are up to 6 hours a day and 30 hours a week at maximum.
What is an Au pair provided with?
Host families provide Au pairs with food, a place to stay in their home, insurance, pocket money of 280 euros a month, and additional 50 euros a month to learn the German language in their free time. If the 50 euros a month does not cover the language course cost, the Au pair must arrange the additional funds on their own.
Driving in Germany as an Au pair
As a citizen of non-EU (European Union) countries like Nepal, Au pair can drive for the first six months with a valid driving license after fulfilling some requirements; which are:
Should carry the driving license in all situations
Should know the traffic rules in Germany
Must be above 18 years of age
Must have insurance covering road accidents
Wear glasses or carry other similar aids depending upon the individual
After completion of the first six months, the Au pair needs an extension to continue driving.
No, the Au pair contract only allows one to work for the host family, and working in the places otherwise would violate the contract.
Being one of the easiest ways for a Nepali national to arrive in Germany, below are some steps for you to take to live as an Au pair in Germany:
One must first find host families in Germany who need Au pairs. We can take the help of Au pair websites like Au pair world and Great Au Pair to find the host families. Alternatively, there are Facebook groups that help to connect interested Au pair candidates with the host families. Au-Pair Deutschland !!! is a similar group.
Apply to the German embassy in Nepal for an Au pair visa with the following document:
Passport with at least 2 empty pages and validity of 3 months, even after completing the scheduled stay.
Application form for a german national residence permit
Copy of passport’s data page
Motivation letter and CV (curriculum vitae)
Au pair contract with the German Family
Invitation from a German family
Proof of education and/or proof of work experience
3 recent biometric passport photographs
Visa fee of 75 euros (It’s equivalent to NPR)
For more information, visit: German Embassy Nepal Au-pair
Travel expenses of the Au pair
An Au pair should pay for travel expenses on their own when traveling to the host country and while returning from there. It may be a cheaper option to buy a round-trip ticket if one is sure about the duration of the stay. Else, we can buy those tickets separately upon need.
Later, after arriving in Germany, if the Au pair needs to travel with the children, the host family is liable for all the travel expenses.
Days off and paid holidays for an Au pair Service in Germany
In Germany, the Au pair gets a minimum of 1 day and up to 2 days off in the week if that’s what they decided in the Au pair contract. They get 4 free evenings in a week too. Also, every 6 months, Au pairs get a week off to travel on their own, where the host family covers the expenses.
Duration of stay for an Au pair in Germany
An Au pair can stay for a minimum of 6 months and up to a year at maximum.
What, after a year of an Au pair visa?
You can further apply for FSJ and BFD, which is a year of voluntary service in Germany.
Also, if your German language expertise reaches level B2 or higher, you may apply for a German student visa to continue your studies there. You need a German language proficiency of level C1 If you want to take the course in the German language. Else, to take courses in the English language, you would need to attend the IELTS test. Lastly, a student visa requires having a block account with a minimum deposit of 10332 euros; so one needs to have those funds ready.
We know Germans for being disciplined and polite. This assures that they are safe to be with on most occasions. In the unlikely case of abuse or violation of the Au pair contract, we can contact the police. Also, an Au pair may shift into a different host family if they don’t fit well in the current family.
Being an Au pair, one gets to travel to an unfamiliar country and know about the language and culture of the place. It is an exhilarating experience for sure.
So, if you are a compassionate individual with a love for children, being an Au pair can be the next big move for you.
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