Hosting an Au Pair in Germany is a chance to experience a cultural exchange and open the door to different cultures for your kids.
This program is also an affordable and flexible childcare solution. In addition, the culture in Germany makes it a very popular destination for Au Pairs. So as a Host Family you will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of potential candidates.
Can you become a Host Family in Germany?
Welcoming an applicant to Germany is much more than only having a responsible care for your children. It also means that they are being introduced to a new culture and language. However, to become a Host Family you will need to fulfil the following requirements:
To find the right candidate, it is very important to describe your family, add pictures to your profile and explain what you expect from her/him in the Welcome Letter to the Au Pair. You can also share other information about your family's hobbies and the place you live in.
Start messaging Au Pairs
Once you’ve completed filling out the necessary fields, it is time to start sending messages. Our Basic Members can send standard messages and add Au Pairs to their favorite list! But you can also become a Premium Member and send personalized messages that will help you find your Au Pair faster.
Go through the profiles, exchange some messages and plan a few video calls. If you’ve found the right Au Pair make the cooperation official with the contract. This document should include all the important points of the stay such as expectations of both sides, the work schedule and responsibilities.
Hosting EU and Non-EU applicants in Germany
Future Au Pairs are expected to be medically fit, without children of their own and experienced in childcare. Keep in mind that they should be able to solve typical problems related to kids, establish rules and follow routines.
Besides these expectations, to become an Au Pair in Germany candidates need to meet specific requirements that vary according to their nationality. Non-EU applicants will have to take a few more steps than EU applicants. But if you are happy with your choice afterwards, it’s worth the effort.
Hosting an Au Pair from the European Union and EFTA in Germany
Candidates from the European Union and EFTA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) only need to meet a couple of requirements to be an Au Pair in Germany:
Age:18 - 30 years
Valid passport or identity card. It will be needed to register at the local office
We also suggest to check if your candidate has German language skills. Au Pairs need to be able to communicate while living in Germany. Even if the Host Family speaks the participant’s language, it is important that he/she has at least basic skills to be independent.
When you’ve found a candidate that fulfils the requirements and meets your expectations, organize a few video calls to get to know each other better. Afterwards there are only a few steps left.
Steps to follow after you found an Au Pair
Sign the contract
This is a formal document where you mention all the details of the cooperation with the candidate: working hours, schedule, responsibilities, etc.
Insure your Au Pair
Candidates from the European Union can request the European Health Insurance Card to be protected during their stay. The candidate should get the EHIC in his/her country before traveling to Germany. Keep in mind that the services covered by the health insurance might vary from country to country. For this reason, we strongly recommend to get a German insurance to avoid unpleasant surprises and unpayable fees.
Register at the local office
During the first days after their arrival, Host Families should register their Au Pair at the local office (Einwohnermeldeamt).
The requirements for Au Pairs from Non-European Union/EFTA member countries are:
Age: 18 - 26
At least basic German knowledge (in some cases, the Au Pair will need an A1 certificate)
Passport - valid for the length of the stay
Possibility to afford the travel expenses
Invitation letter (required for some nationalities only)
Motivation letter (required for some nationalities only)
If your future Au Pair meets all the requirements then you will just need to follow these steps:
Prepare the paperwork for the visa
Sign the Au Pair agreement and prepare the invitation letter. Although it is not always required by the German embassy or consulate, it is also a good way to explain the expectations and the purpose of the stay.
Take care of the Au Pair’s insurance
German Host Families are in charge of paying an Au Pair insurance for Germany which includes a liability and accident insurance too. Please keep in mind that Non-European Union applicants will need the insurance confirmation to present at their appointment at the embassy.
Support your Au Pair during the visa process
Stay in touch with your candidate during the German visa process and be sure everything is going as planned to obtain the visa required to become an Au Pair in Germany.
Registration and residence permit
Once in Germany, Non-European Union participants must transform their visa into a residence permit. The Family should help him/her during this process at the corresponding foreign office (Ausländerbehörde).
Important: Nationals of the U.S, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea can travel to Germany and apply for the residence permit. Please check the regulations to be sure.
Recent regulation of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community for young Ukrainians Unfortunately, the German Ministry of the Interior and Community has decided that the Au Pair program is not an option for young Ukrainians between the ages of 18 - 26. They will automatically receive the refugee status after their registration in Germany which does not provide for employment as an Au Pair. However, as we have not received any final information until today, we kindly ask you to contact the responsible authority for foreigners and ask for the possibility for an Au Pair stay. In addition, the "Live-in Help" program would be an alternative option for Ukrainian refugees to be integrated into a German Host Family.