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Age requirements for an Au Pair

If you’re wondering what the age limit to take part in the Au Pair program is, then you’ve come to the right place!

In this post you will find useful information about the age requirements of many countries around the world.
There are different requirements for:

If you don’t meet the prerequisites of a specific country or of the program in general, don’t worry!

We provide you with valid alternatives to the Au Pair program - keep reading to find out what to do if you do not meet age requirements.
Au Pair age
The Au Pair program in almost each country has specific age requirements for participants in almost each country. In most of the countries this age limit is between 17 and 30 years. If you have not attained full age by the time you want to go abroad, your parents have to sign the Au Pair contract for you.
 
Below you can find the age requirements for Au Pairs in every country.

Age requirements for Au Pairs from the European Union

 
Paese Età minima Età massima
Australia 18 30
Austria 17 30
Belgium 17 30
Canada 18 30
China 18 29
Denmark 18 29
Finland 17 30
France 17 30
Germany 18 30
Iceland 18 27
Ireland 18 28
Italy 18 30
Luxembourg 18 30
Netherlands 18 30
New Zealand 18 30
Norway 18 30
Spain 18 30
Sweden 18 30
Switzerland 17 30
Turkey 18 30
United Kingdom 17 30
USA 18 26

Read more about other Au Pair requirements for the participants interested to join the program.

Age requirements for Au Pairs from outside of the European Union

 
Paese Età minima Età massima
Australia 18 30
Austria 18 28
Belgium 18 25
Canada 18 30
China 18 29
Denmark 18 29
Finland 18 30
France 18 30
Germany 18 26
Iceland 18 25
Ireland 18 27
Italy 18 30
Luxembourg 18 30
Netherlands 18 30
New Zealand 18 30
Norway 18 30
Spain 18 30
Sweden 18 30
Switzerland 18 25
Turkey 18 30
United Kingdom 18 30
USA 18 26

If you do not meet age requirements

Au Pair ageAu Pair Agencies only accept applicants who fulfill all the conditions and fit in the requested age range. If you are searching for a Host Family through an online matching agency and you do not need a visa to travel to the host country, it is up to you and the family whether to accept the cooperation. In this case you won't be considered an Au Pair program participant, but make sure that your agreement is legal in the host country.

There are also other alternatives to the Au Pair program that still allow you to travel to a foreign country and live with a Host Family.
 
By applying as a Nanny, you will still have the chance to work with children, even if you don’t meet the age requirements of the Au Pair program. The main difference from becoming an Au Pair lies in the type of employment: since you are not taking part in a cultural exchange program, you will need to sign a contract of employment under the regulations of the Host Country. Moreover, if you feel like you might be overqualified in the childcare field, this could be a great option for you. 
 
On AuPair.com you can find more information about the differences between an Au Pair and a Nanny
 
Another possible choice if you’re over 50 years old could be applying as a Granny Au Pair. This concept presents a few differences from the standard Au Pair program, but nonetheless it gives the opportunity to live abroad and experience another culture! Discover more about becoming a Granny Au Pair here!

How can an Au Pair get a visa?
AuPair.com is an online matching agency, therefore this question is beyond our scope of responsibility. But we will do our best to help you nonetheless! Usually the best source of information is the embassy of the host country placed in the Au Pair’s homeland. Requirements vary depending on both the Au Pair’s nationality and the host country, but usually a letter of invitation from the Host Family and a signed contract are needed to start the visa application. Other documents may be different depending on each individual case, and in case of the US, assistance of a local full-service Au Pair agency is also necessary.   
Can I become an Au Pair?
The Au Pair program accepts participants who meet mainly education, family and age requirements. Please take a look at the full list of Au Pair requirements.  If you meet them, register as an Au Pair today and find a Host Family that matches your criteria.  
I want to be an Au Pair in the US! What should I do?
The Au Pair Program in the USA has specific requirements. One of them is a mandatory registration through a full-service agency. There is a special list of agencies recognized by the US Government and entitled to help you with the J-1 visa. AuPair.com can help you find a Host Family, but remember that further documentation and formalities should be done through a local US agency.  


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