Apply to work as an au pair or nanny overseas. Search summer and year round paid nanny and childcare jobs worldwide. Working as an au pair is a great opportunity to get gain independence, live in a different country, meet new friends and get work experience which will look great on your cv or resume. Search au-pair jobs, recruiters, agencies and apply today.
There are au-pair and nanny jobs all around the world, general these are the most popular destinations:
Au pair positions are popular all year round attracting mainly single woman and sometimes men who are looking for an exciting new way to live overseas. If you are considering become an au-pair our guide to applying will help you arrange the experience of a lifetime.
Working as an au pair is a very rewarding and also can be a challenging experience. There are opportunities to work abroad all around the world and each destination and positions will be different. As an au-pair you will typically work up to 25 hours per week over 5 days and be treated as family member. Some jobs will include holidays where you will often get to travel with a family on an overseas vacation. Work permits for live in childcare and au pair jobs are quite easy to obtain depending in your nationality and there are lots of recommend au pair agencies who can help arrange you a placement for a small fee.
You will get formal training and for most jobs you do not need to be qualified or highly experienced to apply. Most jobs are live in meaning you will live with a local family and take full time charge of children. An au pair position can vary from family to family, but generally you might be expected to work hard and possibly long hours. It really depends on the age of the children you will be looking after, you might need to cook, clean, take them to school or local activities, play with them, help with homework and generally help out at home.
In some countries the term au pair is defined slightly different to a nanny (or nannie). A nanny is generally someone who has professional childcare experience and qualifications whilst an au pair usually isn't qualified and usually doesn't have any previous experience.
These positions are suitable for people who are mature, trustworthy and reliable. Both males and females can apply and you will need to be aged 17+. To apply you will usually need to be a non-smoker, have good personal hygiene and it helps if you are an early riser, patient and have a good sense of humour.
Before applying it is important that you understand there is a lot of competition for each au pair position and so getting a job can take a bit of time. You will need to put together a strong application.
Here’s how the au-pair application process works:
A lot of au-pair agencies have an online application, these are the sample questions you will be asked to answer:
Wondering what your daily routine will be like when working as an au-pair? Here is an idea:
Each day’s routine is dependent on the child, particularly a baby. Some days you will have time to prepare and make dinner or bake cakes as well as take the child for a long walk into town. Other days you might not have the time nor energy to attempt this. Obviously most employees do not expect you to be making dinner/cleaning however you might find it a stress reliever and if you have the time, why not?!
The advice I would give to anyone toying with the idea of becoming an au pair is to always be open-minded, expect the worst and pray for the best. A job as an au pair comes with its downfalls, however, for the majority of us, it is the most rewarding and understated job to date.
After a challenging couple of years completing A-levels it wasn’t until results day, August 2013, that I realised everything was planned out ahead of me and now more than ever I was in control of my own future. With this new state of mind I deferred entry to my university of choice and began working full time at my previously part-time weekend job. It is safe to say full time work in a restaurant in a little town in South East England was not the ‘go big or go home’ gap year I’d dreamt about. On the 1st of January I quit my job in England and started looking for work abroad. Three days later I flew out to East Germany; this was the start of the next 4 months of my life as an au pair.
I will tell you now, before you get your hopes up, that thinking au pairing will be even comparable to baby sitting is a big mistake. Unlike many au pairs, I was given soul responsibility of a 5-month-old baby from 9am – 6pm five days a week. A large task for a 19 year old with previous experience in baby sitting, first aid and knowledge of silver service waitressing.
On our website you can search recruiters and apply to jobs today. If you need any help or advice contact our team today. You might also be interested in viewing similar positions with children by applying for summer camp jobs.
“I decided to be an Au Pair as I felt that the job would be a very rewarding learning experience; the different culture and being away from home and family for a year, potentially two, is such a worthy way to spend time in your life.” - Emily, from Cardiff, au pair with Cultural Care in Minnesota
"I was interested in becoming an au pair because it gave me the chance to gain a years’ worth of great childcare experience but also the chance to properly live in America for a while. I have definitely been able to experience American culture especially living so close to New York City." - Liam, from Leamington Spa, au pair with Cultural Care in Connecticut