The Granny Au Pair idea is a pretty new concept, dedicated to over 50-years old women dreaming about an opportunity to live abroad and immerse in another culture. The Granny Au Pair may be a great alternative to the “standard” Au Pair or other childcare providers.
Granny Au Pairs receive accommodation and full board in exchange for the help they provide to the Host Families. The exact scope of responsibilities depends on the agreement between the Host Family and the Au Pair and is not regulated by any exchange program.
What’s also important, the Granny Au Pairs do not officially receive pocket money nor any other salary / allowance. If they do, they must be employed according to the Host Country’s employment law.
Recently the number of families opting for Granny Au Pairs is constantly increasing, since it seems that the Granny Au Pairs provide warmth and comfort for the children like no one else.
Why should the family consider this project?
Love, warmth and experience
Granny Au Pairs are incomparably more experienced than other childcare providers. They are probably already mothers and grandmothers and know perfectly well how to take care of the children.
Granny Au Pairs are also experienced housekeepers and if the agreement between the Au Pair and the Host Family involves housekeeping tasks, the Host Family may be sure that the household will run as smooth as never before.
Au Pairs 50 Plus will be most likely already focused on the children instead of sharing the time between the Au Pair duties, parties, studies, love life and planning future career. Granny Au Pairs already have retired, lived their lives to the fullest and now look for new possibilities to share their time, love and experience.
Thus, they will be probably seeking for children’s company for pure pleasure of sharing the time with them and see the children as own grandchildren, understanding perfectly every stage of their development.
Granny Au Pairs can bring a bit of tradition and old fashion to the Host Family’s home and help the children learn the right values. They are rich in experience and knowledge gathered through all the years and ready to share them with the Host Family and in particular with the children.
This does not mean in any case that Granny Au Pairs may be exploited by the Host Family. The Family should make sure that the Granny is satisfied with the conditions and participates in their family life like a real grandma.
A Granny Au Pair is not an official cultural exchange program and there is no official regulations clarifying what the Granny Au Pair should / can do and what is beyond her scope of responsibilities. In such cases everything depends on the agreement between the Granny Au Pair and the Host Family.
Grannies are usually happy to take care of the household duties and bring a wonderful atmosphere and the scent of freshly baked cookies and homemade food to the home. Of course, Granny Au Pairs are also perfect for providing childcare for many reasons, mentioned previously.
Granny Au Pairs cannot receive any money from the Host Family if they work and stay in the Host Country as volunteers. Still, the Host Family should consider covering the costs of the Granny Au Pair’s travel to the Host Country, private insurance cost, language course fee or even cost of transportation in the Host Country and the Granny’s shopping.
It’s really nothing compared to the cost of other childcare solutions and it’s a nice gesture toward the person who wishes to help the family almost for free.
The Granny Au Pair can receive financial gratification only if she signs an employment contract with the Host Family and the Host Family hires her as a nanny.
Health insurance for Granny Au Pairs works similarly to the health insurance for Au Pairs - if the Au Pair is an EU citizen, European Health Insurance Card can be a decent solution, ensuring the Au Pair a standard package of medical service in any other European Union country. Depending on the Granny Au Pair’s needs, she can always consider purchasing an additional private insurance.
In case of:
non-EU Au Pairs in EU countries
EU Au Pairs in non-EU countries
the private insurance will be necessary. Who will cover the costs of the insurance depends on the agreement between the Au Pair and the Host Family - there are no regulations regarding this case.
Granny Au Pairs should also consider personal liability insurance as well as an accident insurance.
Since the Granny Au Pair is not an official cultural exchange program, but a social project, there is no visa designated specifically for Au Pairs 50 Plus. That’s why it may be troublesome for them to receive a visa and it’s usually a better choice to search for Host Families in countries where a visa is not necessary.
What are the costs of becoming a Granny Au Pair?
The Granny Au Pair project is not an official exchange program nor a job. There must be an agreement between the Granny and the Host Family clarifying who will cover the cost of travel, transportation and insurance of the Granny Au Pair. Since the Granny Au Pair does not receive any pocket money or wage, the family could cover those process cost and this way significantly lower the Granny Au Pair’s expenses.
The Au Pair program with a Granny Au Pair will be a private stay and you can plan everything together. Good luck!
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