The Au Pair contract will provide a legal stay in Germany. It has to be signed and discussed by the Host Family as well as the Au Pair before the exchange.
In Germany, the Au Pair needs an insurance which has to be contracted before the program starts.
A health insurance and the Au Pair contract will provide a legal and safe stay in Germany. To help our users, we have gathered some important information regarding these issues.
The Au Pair contract
Germany does not provide a specific contract needed for the Au Pair stay; even so, the German Employment Agency provides a sample contract which is available online. Families and Au Pairs can also download and personalize the Au Pair contract from our website and include relevant details. Do not forget that this document should include important points such as:
Sometimes Au Pairs and Host Families struggle to get along and find common ground. When the family and the participant cannot solve these differences, then both parties have the option to end the contract before the planned time.
By doing so, both parties give each other a two week notice period during which they must continue the work relation as friendly as possible. Keep in mind that during these weeks the family should find a new Au Pair and vice versa. If the participant needs a visa to be an Au Pair in Germany and cannot find a new Host Family during the two weeks, then he/she will have to return home.
Au Pair insurance in Germany
The “Krankenkasse” manages the Health Care in Germany. Citizens of the European Union can apply for the European Health Insurance Card which covers some health expenses while living in another EU country.
In Germany, participants from non-EU Member States must also receive a private insurance covered by their Host Families.
Health insurance for the EEA citizens in Germany
Participants from European Union member states can benefit from German Health Care through the European Health Insurance Card. The application for this insurance must be done in the Au Pair’s home country before traveling to Germany.
Since the health services vary from country to country, it is important to check the coverage to avoid paying additional fees, which the family would have to cover. Keep in mind that the EHIC does not cover private treatment in Germany and any costs incurred for private healthcare are non-refundable. Nevertheless, Germany’s state, private and charity-run hospitals normally have contractual arrangements with statutory health insurers.
Note: We recommend to use a German Health Insurance company in order to avoid any surprises and ensure a safe experience.
Health insurance for the Non-EEA citizens in Germany
An Au Pair from a Non-European Union country needs a private Health Insurance. The Host Family must cover the insurance costs. The participant will need to show an insurance confirmation to the German Embassy. The authorities at pass control might also check it.
In order to have full insurance we have two partners, that offer special Au Pair insurances. You can read more about Dr. Walter or Care Concept on our website.
Car insurance and driving license
Germans are known for being good drivers and if the participants need to drive during the stay, they will need to follow all the rules. If the Au Pair holds a driving license from any European Union country, it is possible drive in Germany. Of course, it must be valid and fulfil the following conditions:
The license is not suspended
The participant must always carry the license
Follow any restrictions (such as wearing glasses)
The Au Pair must be at least 18 years old
If the participant has a non-EU driving license he/she can drive during the first six months of the stay if the participant fulfills the conditions mentioned above. After that, Au Pairs require a six months extension.
A participant needs to ensure that the insurance covers accidents and he/she needs to know the traffic rules in Germany.