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Can I become a Host Family?

Are you looking forward to hiring an Au Pair and starting the Au Pair program? Check out if you meet the Au Pair’s Host Family requirements:
  • At least one child under the age of 18 for the Au Pair to take care of
  • A room for the Au Pair available at the family’s place
  • The family needs to provide the Au Pair with full board and pocket money

In this article you can find detailed information regarding general requirements for Host Families. Keep reading to learn more!
Have also a look at the exact Au Pair program regulations in your country.
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Are you looking for a different childcare solution and considering hosting an Au Pair? In this post, we will write about general requirements for the Host Families interested to participate in the Au Pair program

General requirements for Host Families


To hire an Au Pair, you need to have at least one child under the age of 18 as a rule. This condition depends on each host country's terms.

Equipped Au Pair room in your home

You have to provide your future Au Pair with a private room that meets basic criteria of the Au Pair program.  

Full board and monthly pocket money

Since the Au Pair will live with your family, you need to provide her/him with at least 3 meals a day. In addition to this, you will have to pay the weekly/monthly amount of pocket money as per your country program standards.
The Host Family is not allowed to deduct any of the boarding costs from the Au Pair's pocket money.

The Au Pair's duties
Although your Au Pair is about to become your new family member, there are certain rules that you both need to keep in mind. Read more

Nationality & spoken language

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Your family has to speak the main language of the country at home, as the main goal of the Au Pair program is cultural exchange. According to the program requirements, the Au Pair will have to learn or improve his/her knowledge of the host country’s language. To make it possible, the Host Family needs to speak this language at home.  
In addition to this, you will need to find an Au Pair of a different nationality than your own to respect the cultural exchange aspect. 

Other requirements 

As a Host Family, you have to respect the Host Family responsibilities during the whole Au Pair stay. To avoid possible misunderstandings and conflicts during the Au Pair stay, we recommend to discuss different aspects of the program with your Au Pair and write it down in the Au Pair contract
If you meet the participation criteria described above, register as a Host Family and read more about how to find a great Au Pair in 7 steps. Check also the specific requirements for the Host Families in each country!

What’s the difference between Premium and Basic accounts?
The Basic Membership is free. It gives you the possibility to browse Au Pair profiles on the website and send standard messages to our members. The Premium Membership offers you the possibility to create free form messages. It’s the quickest way to find an Au Pair, because you can send personalized messages and exchange contact details with all Au Pairs.
How can I contact an Au Pair?
You need to visit the Au Pair’s profile and drop a message there. You can also add an Au Pair to your hotlist. In both cases, the Au Pair will get notifications from you instantly. If you have a basic account, you can send standard invitations to Au Pairs. The Premium Membership allows personalized messages as well. 
How long does it take to find an Au Pair?
It depends on several factors. Make sure your profile is full and interesting for other users. Make sure that you meet the Host Family requirements set by the Au Pair program. Be active and contact about 10-15 Au Pairs per day. If you follow the three tips above you can find a suitable match within one to four weeks. Check out our Host Family guide for more advice and ideas on how to find an Au Pair faster.
What are the requirements to host an Au Pair?
There are three most important requirements: the Au Pair accommodation, full board and monthly/weekly sum of pocket money. We recommend to go through the full list of requirements for Host Families. If you meet them, you can register as a Host Family today and find an Au Pair that matches your criteria.

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