Life as an
Aupair In Holland
What is an Aupair?
An Aupair is a young single person between 18 – 29 years old who lives with a family in a country other than her own for a maximum of 12 months. She helps with general housework and childcare in exchange for room, board and pocket money.
Benefits of becoming an Aupair
The Aupair program is a cultural exchange. It is a great opportunity to live in another country, learn a new language and to experience a new culture. As an Aupair you will have a wonderful time traveling in Europe and Holland.
Duties and responsibilities
You’ll be responsible for providing childcare for your family’s children up to 30 hours per week, no more than 8 hours a day. Below are some typical responsibilities you will have in you job as an Aupair.
- Supervising and playing with the children
- Getting children bathed and dressed
- Feeding and changing diapers
- Making children’s breakfast and lunch
- Keeping children’s rooms neat and doing children’s laundry Taking Children to school, appointments and lessons Helping children with school homework
- Light housework such as vacuuming, ironing, light grocery shopping, tidying and cleaning up the house, cooking light meals etc.
Basic requirements to become an Aupair
- Aged 18 – 29 years old
- You DO NOT require a drivers license
- You must speak English very well and Afrikaans is an advantage
- You must have minimum 500 hours of child care experience
- Be a non smoker
- Have a matric certificate
- Be able to commit yourself for 12 months
- First Aid level 1
Working hours, free days and vacation
You will be responsible for providing childcare and light housework for your family’s children up to 30 hours a week, no more than 8 hours a day. Babysitting activities can be undertaken over a maximum period of three evenings per week. The host family should also give the Aupair the necessary time off to enable her to be involved in religious worship and to attend church services.
You have two days a week of leisure time. An Aupair will generally be expected to work on weekdays. On occasion the Aupair may be asked to work a few hours on the weekend as ;long as the total number of hours per week does not exceed the maximum number of working hours. Furthermore, the Aupair is entitled to a minimum of one full weekend a month off, from Friday evening 20:00 until Monday morning 7:00am.
The Aupair is entitled to two weeks paid vacation per 12 months. The dates for this vacation must agree with the host family’s schedule.
What you will receive from the family
- They will pay for your air ticket up to 800 Euros Full medical insurance for your year in Holland The visa is paid in full by the family
- Earnings of between 310 to 340 Euros a month
- A bicycle to ride
- A mobile phone
- Full board and lodging
- Your room will have a TV, DVD player and there will be a computer with internet access in the house.
- A free Language course ( Dutch )