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Host Families - Au Pair in Germany

Do you consider becoming a host family in Germany? Then you probably have a lot of questions. In the following AuPair.com is giving you the answers to the most important questions about the Au Pair program in Germany. 
1. Can we become a Host Family?
2. Au Pair wages and hours
3. Time off and holiday
4. Length of stay
5. Does my Au Pair need a visa?
6. Insurance
7. What should my Au Pair do /  NOT do?

1. Can we become a Host Family?

If you live in Germany and would like to host an Au Pair, there are some requirements your family will need to fulfill: 

  • You have at least 1 child under 16
  • German is the main language spoken in your family
  • You can provide the Au Pair with a lockable room of min. 8 square meters with daylight
  • You are willing to pay monthly 260 pocket money + 50 € for the Au Pair to join a German course
Would you like to check the requirements Au Pairs need to fulfill to become part of your family? You will find them here.

2. Au Pair wages and hours


In Germany, the official salary for Au Pairs is to 260 € monthly. The family will also pay 50 € a month so the Au Pair can afford a Germany course during his / her stay. 

Travelling costs are usually paid by the Au Pair. Nevertheless, some host families pay a share of the costs once the Au Pair arrived.
Please do not transfer money to the Au Pair before its arrival! If you want to pay a share of the travel costs, arrange an installment payment with the Au Pair, starting after the Au Pair's arrival.


Au Pairs in Germany work 30 hours a week

3. Time off and holiday

The Au Pair program in Germany entitles Au Pairs to 1-2 days off per week and 1 week paid holiday for a six month period.

4. Length of stay

The German employment agency only accepts Au Pair contracts for a minimum stay of six months. This means:

  • Au Pairs who need a visa should comply with this regulation and their stay must not be shorter than 6 months.
  • EU citizens could become summer Au Pairs with a duration of only 3 months. This might be a good solution for families who either want to bridge time between two different Au Pairs, or want to find out if the whole idea of "Au Pairing" fits their needs. 

5. Does my Au Pair need a visa?

  • EU or the EFTA states: no visa required. The Au Pair may enter with a valid passport or identity card and has to present this document alongside the signed Au Pair contract at the Immigration Department in Germany.
  • Other nationalities: the Au Pair must apply for a visa. This is usually the Au Pair's task; however, the host family should assist in accomplishing the visa process. The Au Pair can apply for a visa at the German embassy in his/her home country. The Au Pair will need a signed au pair contract and an invitation letter from the family in order to apply for the visa.
In order to get a visa, the Au Pair has to meet certain criteria as well, as described on visa application.

6. Insurance

European citizens

If the Au Pair belongs to any European country, it is convenient for the Au Pair to apply for the European Health Insurance Card. That way, the Au Pair will be able to access the public health service in Germany trough an agreement among the EU-country members. 

The Host Family should contract an accident and liability insurance for the whole stay. Following you will find all the general information on the Au Pair insurance in Germany:

Au-Pair 24

This services will be only available for those Au Pairs in Germany. Read all the important information, set an agreement with your future Au Pair and get to contract the Au-Pair 24 insurance any time online.

Au-Pair plus

Get all the information about the Au-Pair plus program and enjoy its advantages in order to make your Au Pair experience a safe stay. 

Non-European citizens

If your future Au Pair doesn't belong to any EU-country member, you will need to contract an insurance so that your Au Pair will be covered during the whole stay. 

Pro Trip-World offers will offer your Au Pair an economic and trustworthy insurance. In order to close this insurance you will only need to fill the online form!

For further information, do not hesitate to contact:

7. What should my Au Pair do? / NOT do

The main task of an Au Pair should always be childcare. Following you will find a list of the duties an Au Pair could perform:

  • Play with the kids
  • Help the kids to get dressed
  • Take the children to school / kindergarden or other activities
  • Prepare meals
  • Do some light housework
  • Babysit

The Au Pair should NOT:

  • Cook for the entire family
  • Clean non-shared rooms
  • Look after someone else's children
  • Take care of pets

AuPair.com cannot be held liable for any information, opinion or recommendation expressed in this website, so you are strongly advised to seek legal advice

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