Working As An Au Pair In Germany

Working As An Pair In Germany

There are lots of advantages if you decide to work as an au pair in Germany. The decision may take you some time to consider but if you choose this option you will find that you will have great success in several areas. The following 3 points are just a few of the advantages to be gained.

What Is An Au Pair?

An au pair is similar to being an older brother or sister in a family. You take on the responsibility of looking after children and your duties can range from preparing breakfast, taking children to school, babysitting and doing light housework. An au pair usually lives as a member of the family and gets one day off per week. If you get a good family, it will not seem like work at all and you will be treated with great respect. Some families do try to exploit au pairs and expect them to take on the role of a full-time live in nanny. This should not be the case because an au pair has no formal childcare qualifications and it not paid enough for such a position.

An au pair helps with homework
An au pair helps with homework
Work as an aupair in Germany and see the sights
Work as an aupair in Germany and see the sights

Learn The German Language

If you get an au pair position with a German family, you will have the opportunity to use any language skills that you were taught in school. If the children are young you will have no choice but to try and make yourself understood in their language. This is a great incentive to get your language skills up to scratch. After just a few months, you could find that you are completely fluent. This will happen if you also take language lessons, listen and read as much German as possible.

Live Rent Free In Germany

As an au pair you will usually be working as a live in assistant. That means you will be given your own room and be provided with meals. An Au pair will get a set amount of money per month which is really the equivalent of pocket money. As you do not have any other expenses, this money should be adequate for your needs. It is even better if you look at this opportunity as a working holiday. If you are good with money and budgeting then you should find that you can live on the pocket money while still enjoying what the town has to offer. If you need more money to live on then just make sure that you have access to savings but most people are able to cope without delving into their own funds.

Visit the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Visit the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Enjoy a pretzel at Oktoberfest
Enjoy a pretzel at Oktoberfest

Visit Other Parts of Germany

You should use your au pair home as a base to visit other places in Germany.  If you are already in the country it makes it so much easier to organise day trips or weekend excursions to see different towns and cities within Germany.   If you are a student, you can purchase cheaper train or coach tickets and really explore the different areas.  You may even be able to use your German base to visit other countries that surround Germany.  The most important thing is to make the most of your opportunity.

Living in Germany is a great way to learn the language and you will have the time of your life if you live with a German family and allow yourself to absorb the culture.  Do some research about the different au pair agencies there are and make sure you pick one that provides all the things that you need.

Good luck and Viel Spass.


StrangeCanadian 6 years ago

I am an Aupair now, what if I didn't go through an agency and thought this family was the one and now that i've lived with them IM not happy... there is more to the story..but did you have any ideas how I could get out of this one and finally start enjoying being an AuPair??

Paula 7 years ago is a great site for finding au pair jobs.

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Tiptopcat 7 years ago from London, UK Author

Zollstock - many thanks for your comment.  I wrote this hub because it is based on my own experience.  I was an au pair in Berlin and had a fantastic time. I studied German but was not yet fluent so wanted to improve before i embarked on my degree course.  This was the most cost effective way of achieving my goal. 

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Zollstock 7 years ago from Germany originally, now loving the Pacific NW

Informative hub - cultural immersion can go a long way in language acquisition (and, naturally, exploring another country). I would probably add that culture shock is a force to be reckoned with, and that any decent au pair agency would provide some training on how to deal with it. Another important topic would be how to communicate effectively with the placement family ... not so much in regards to vocabulary and grammar, but moreso to embrace and address cultural quirks and social expectations. You've got me curious now - what made you write this hub?

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Tiptopcat 7 years ago from London, UK Author

Jmell - thanks for stopping by. There are quite a few organisations where people can register as an au pair. The good ones will allow you to get in contact with your host family before you have to make the decision go stay with them. I would recommend this to anyone learning a new language or even if you just want to see a new country.

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Jmell 7 years ago from El Paso, Texas, USA

Tiptopcat.....this sounds like a wonderful opportunity for some people. I'm wondering if there are special organizations that help match the right person to a family?

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