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Au Pair language course

There are several reasons for young people to participate in the Au Pair program. Language course gives you the opportunity to improve your knowledge and meet new people. You will see results soon - you will feel more confident to communicate with the people in this language. 
 
It includes discovering new countries and cultures, earning pocket money while living at a family’s place and also learning new languages. Each person has its own reasons - and all of them are acceptable - but in this article we would like to discover more about language courses for Au Pairs.

Au Pair language course - is it mandatory?

As an Au Pair, you are able to learn a language spoken in your Host Country by attending special courses 2-3 times a week for several hours. In some countries – for example, France -  an Au Pair is obligated to attend the course for at least three months. Also in China it is one of the requirements of the Au Pair program
 
Some other countries don’t make it mandatory and attending a course depends on the Au Pair’s wish. You can find detailed information right here:
Country Language course
Australia Course is not mandatory. Host Family is not obliged to pay for a course.
Austria Course is mandatory.  Host Family is not obliged to pay for a course.
Belgium Course is mandatory for 3 months. Host Family is not obliged to pay for a course.
Canada Course is mandatory.  Host Family is not obliged to pay for a course.
China Course is mandatory. Host Family pays for a course in advance.
Denmark Course is not mandatory. Host Family pays for a course.
England / United Kingdom Course is not mandatory. Host Family is not obliged to pay for a course.
Finland Course is not mandatory. Host Family is not obliged to pay for a course.
France Course is mandatory for 3 months. Host Family is not obliged to pay for a course.
Germany Course is mandatory. Host Family pays 50 Euro fee.
Ireland Course is not mandatory. Host Family is not obliged to pay for a course.
Italy Course is mandatory.  Host Family is not obliged to pay for a course.
Luxembourg Course is mandatory.  Host Family is not obliged to pay for a course.
New Zealand Course is not mandatory. Host Family is not obliged to pay for a course.
The Netherlands Course is not mandatory. Host Family is not obliged to pay for a course but can do it.
Norway Course is not mandatory.  Host Family has to pay the tuition up to 8400 NOK per year.
Sweden Course is mandatory and free of charge.
Switzerland Course is mandatory and will be partially covered by the Host Family.
Spain Course is mandatory.  Host Family is not obliged to pay for a course.
Turkey Course is not mandatory. Host Family is not obliged to pay for a course.
USA Course is mandatory. The Host Family has to pay up to $500 for the course.

To find a suitable course, ask your Host Family to help you find a school nearby. You will attend there a course 2-3 times a week. Apart from improving your grammar, a course will help you to understand the country's culture and people. 
 
If you found an ideal course with a flexible timetable, discuss with your Host Family about your working hours. You need to know when you are free in advance so you can organize your activities during your free time. Some spontaneous situations may come up sometimes. In general, it is better for you to have a fixed timetable. This will help you to better adapt and plan your days. 
 
In general terms, the Au Pair will be the one bearing the costs for a language course in the host country, but this case depends on the host country regulations.

Who should pay for the Au Pair’s language course?

As a rule, Host Families are not obligated to pay for language courses but in some countries like Germany or Denmark they will pay a part of the fee. 
 
Nonetheless, Host Families need to include enough space for the language courses in the Au Pair’s daily schedule so be sure to discuss your working hours and salary before arriving and include it in a contract for Au Pairs.

Is the language course worth spending time and money?

For sure, the Au Pair program is not only about learning languages, mostly it is a good way to explore a new culture. But we would definitely recommend to attend language course due to several reasons.
 
First of all, learning a language will give you different opportunities and even change your way of thinking. Just imagine a whole new world of possibilities – starting from conversations with native speakers and ending with attending a university in the host country.
 
Second, it is also a good way to find friends and hang out with them at your free time, learning the language together and also travelling with them all over the country.
 
Last but not least – you will be able to understand your Host Kids better and won’t be afraid to go to the city with them, walking in parks or even entering museums. What a good way of spending time with Host Kids, right?
 


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