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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. In most of the countries, the Au Pair's age limit is between 17 and 30 years.
 
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 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 a short list of the age requirements for Au Pairs in every country: 
 
Country Minimum age Maximum age
Australia 18 30
Austria 18 30
Belgium 17 30
Canada 18 30
Denmark 17 29
Finland 17 30
France 17 30
Germany 17 30
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 17 30
Turkey 18 30
United Kingdom 17 30
USA 18 26

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

If you do not meet age requirements

Au Pair ageAu Pair Agencies accept only applicants who fulfil 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 as 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. 
 
At AuPair.com you can find more information about the difference 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!



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