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How much will it cost to become an Au Pair?

Average cost of the Au Pair program varies depending on many factors: and other Au Pair’s expenses. 
How much does an Au Pair program cost? The Au Pair program cost ranges from 50 USD to 4000 USD. For more information, look at this table. If you wonder how much Au Pairs get paid, have a look at our post covering in details Au Pair wages.
 
Are you a Host Family? Read on here: Au Pair cost for Host Families.
Au Pair cost
The Au Pair program is a great chance to experience another country in the most economical way. As a participant you will get accommodation, daily meals, and pocket money in exchange for the help with child care. Nevertheless, as any other experience the Au Pair program has certain costs you need to consider in advance. 

General costs for an Au Pair

This category of costs are applicable more or less to any Au Pair participant. They include:

Visa costs

Visa requirements differ for each participant depending on his/her citizenship. Though the Host Family will help their Au Pair with all necessary documents, visa costs will be participant’s responsibility. If you need visa, take a look at the post about common visa requirements. If you are planning to go to the USA, learn more about J-1 Visa. Several countries also practice Working Holiday Visa for Au Pairs. 

Transportation costs

As a rule, travel costs are covered by the participants. We strongly recommend the Host Families to support their Au Pairs with travel costs, though it’s not their direct responsibility. Even if the Host Family decides to contribute, the Au Pair will cover the transportation costs initially. After his/her arrival abroad, the refund should be done in installments. For example, travel cost of 800$ could be repaid in 10 installments of 80$, for 10 months added to Au Pair’s pocket money.
 
Transportation Cost
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In such countries like the USA and China, the ticket is covered by the Host Family - wholly or partially. If the Au Pair completes the whole stay in the US as written down in the contract, he/she can get a return ticket covered as well.  
 
We advise to discuss this question with your future Host Family and note down the important details in the Au Pair contract.  

Insurance

Au Pair cost
Health security plays an important role during the whole stay abroad. Your future Host Family can help you out with the insurance in the host country. Nevertheless, we recommend you to read more about insurance for Au Pairs. If you are a citizen of the European Union and you are planning to visit another EU country, read more about the European Health Insurance Card. Sometimes the Host Family offers to cover the insurance costs, but if it’s not the case, we advise Au Pairs to choose one on their own.

Cost of Au Pair program at a glance

Au Pair program cost for Au Pairs varies depending on target host country and even the homeland of the Au Pair, which influences cost of visa application (if visa is mandatory). Nonetheless, we gathered for you the most important information in the following table:
 
Service Cost Is it mandatory? Keep in mind
Au Pair’s visa 0 - 200 USD No - it depends on your nationality and the host country you choose. If you are an EU citizen, you can enter every EU country without visa. If it’s not the case, give a try to our visa for Au Pairs tool and have a look at Au Pair program all over the world posts You need to call the embassy or consulate of the host country in your homeland for specific information. According to the program rules the visa cost should be covered by the Au Pair, but the family may reimburse you the money after your arrival (ask them about it)
Insurance 0 - 450 USD Yes, but it may be free of charge - if you are an EU citizen, you can apply for EHIC which lets you benefit from standard medical service package in the host country, if it belongs to EU, too. Otherwise, you need to choose private insurance for Au Pairs. In cases of some host countries the Host Family has to cover the price of your insurance. If it’s not the case, you can still ask the family to participate in the cost of your insurance. To learn more read the detailed information about the program regulations in your host country.
Travel to host country 50 - 2000 USD
Yes! You need to reach the host country somehow, but the mean of transportation and thus also the price depend on your decision.
Host Family can participate in the cost of your travel, but don’t expect the family to pay for it in advance! You can discuss the travel cost with the family and ask if reimbursing after your arrival is possible.
Gifts for the Host Family 0 - 100 USD No, but it would be nice to bring a little something from your homeland with you. Gifts are not mandatory, but if you are looking for some ideas, have a look at our post about present ideas for Host Family.
Agency assistance 0 - 1000 USD No, although in case of some host countries (eg. USA, the Netherlands) you will need agency’s assistance to participate in the program. Have a look at program descriptions all over the world and decide, if you need to cooperate with full service Au Pair agency In majority of the cases AuPair.com, which can be totally free of charge, will be sufficient solution for you. Have a look at the Host Families registered with us and get your Au Pair Program started!

Specific costs

In addition to general costs that most Au Pairs have, there are some specific costs that depend on your preferences. 

Agency costs

Online matching agencies like AuPair.com let you find a Host Family at NO COST. As an Au Pair you can write free-form messages to Host Families for free! Most of them are able to read and reply to these immediately. From the other side, visa and further formalities should be arranged by you after finding a suitable match. 
 
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If you would like to choose a full-service agency that will help you with the different procedures after finding a Host Family, they will charge you for these services. The costs depend on the agency. If you would like to participate in the Au Pair USA program, both you and Host Family have to work through the local agency. This will as well involve additional cost depending on the agency.  

Miscellaneous costs

If you would like to travel during the holidays abroad or buy some personal things, you can cover these costs either from your pocket money or personal money. You can check the website Numbeo to find out costs of different products or compare the cost of living in your home city with the future host city. 
 
As a rule, the costs an Au Pair has to bear are really low compared to what she will get while living abroad with the Host Family. 


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