Au pair in Holland
You will experience true European culture and lifestyle as an Au Pair in Holland. You can visit lots of art museums and see paintings by famous artists like Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Mondriaan. There are lots of monuments to see but the castles are the best. Remember Holland has lots of windmills, tulips and cheese!
What is an Au Pair?
An Au Pair is a ‘big sister’ who lives in Germany as an extended member of their Host Family.
These young women provide child care services in exchange for room, board, a weekly stipend, and contributions towards a German language course. Most Au Pairs participate in the Au Pair Program for the valuable cultural experience of living with a German family and are treated more as a member of the family then an employee.
Au Pair Requirements:
- Aged 20 – 29
- Fluent in English and Afrikaans
- Highly experienced: This means: You are a local full time Au Pair OR have Au Paired abroad before OR you are a teacher with a teaching qualification
- You must have a university or college degree OR working towards one (i.e. Enrolled at a college or university)
- You must be able to pay your flights to the Netherlands and back after completing your 12-month contract
No exceptions will be made if you do not meet ALL the requirements
We are looking for open-minded, flexible, mature Au Pairs who have a positive attitude and like caring for children. Other experiences like First Aid training, music, dance, sports, arts & crafts, local Au Pairing or experience working at a pre-school are examples of skills that would contribute to your childcare abilities and will strengthen your application.
Duties of the au pair in the Netherlands
The following household related and child related tasks are part of the au pair program:
- Putting children to bed, getting children out of bed.
- Feeding children (bottle and or snacks)
- Daily childcare; changing diapers, assisting with going to the toilet, giving shower / bath, brushing teeth, brushing hair.
- Preparing breakfast and lunch, preparing lunchboxes for children.
- Preparing day-care bags and schoolbags for children.
- Taking children to day-care and school, picking them up.
- Organizing activities, aiding and joining activities for children such as: reading, doing arts and crafts, swimming, going to the playground, taking over to play dates, etc.
- Doing dishes, loading and unloading the dishwasher.
- Preparing simple dinners (warm).
- Keeping the kitchen clean.
- Doing small grocery shopping.
- Doing the laundry, folding, ironing and putting away.
- Picking up and cleaning children’s room.
- Picking up and cleaning own room.
- Picking up and cleaning the house in general: vacuum cleaning, dusting, keeping floors clean.
- Making beds and changing sheets.
- Taking out garbage (same level floor).
- Walking and feeding pets.
- Watering plants.
The au pair is required assist five days a week with a maximum of 30 hours. She should have at least once a month a full weekend off, starting on Friday evening and finishing on Sunday evening. The au pair is entitled to two weeks off, with pay. She is allowed taking a vacation after the fourth month of her stay and after consulting her host family. The au pair will reside in the Netherlands for one year, to learn about the Dutch society and culture.
The host family shall provide the au pair with:
- a visa, including the costs for the visa - in-house training, during a weekend, facilitated by a professional agency
- free board and lodging (furnished bedroom, meals with the family for entire year’s stay)
- a monthly allowance of € 340,00,
- an events card, worth € 167,50,
- a language course worth € 320,00,
- a cell phone to borrow, provided with a € 10,00 pre-paid card
- Basic Medical Insurance
- Contact details of fellow au pairs in your area
- 250 Euro completion bonus when completing the full year contract
A plus point about this program is that a driver’s licence is not required. Public transport and bicycles are used commonly as a way to get around. That being said, the au pair must be able to
None – Your only expenses are the flights – you do not pay any agency fees AT ALL
Agencies CANNOT ask you more money payable to them than 34 Euro! (It’s about R500 give or take). It is against Dutch law and your residence permit will not be granted if the IND (Dutch immigration) finds out you paid more than 34 Euro to an agency.
For these laws, please visit the IND (Dutch immigration) website at: https://ind.nl/EN/individuals/residence-wizard/au-pair-and-exchange/au-pair/#paragraph1
Other expenses you will have:
- Applying for documents such as your passport and police clearance, unabridged birth certificate etc.
All this INCLUDES, visa, residence permit & assistance right through your year!
Highlights of the Holland Au Pair Program:
Commitment to Quality, Personal Service and Support
Carla’s Au Pairs makes a commitment to providing top quality personal service and support the entire time host families and au pairs are participating in the program. Participants receive personal attention and continuous support.
The staff in Holland is carefully trained with a focus on ensuring that host families and au pairs have the best experience possible.
Professional and Caring Staff
The staff in Holland is there for you if you have any questions or concerns. They have an emergency number available and will assist you in any questions related to your Au Pair year in Holland.
The staff of Carla’s Au Pairs is also always accessible to you if you need anything. That is what makes us stand out – we believe in the personal approach & treating our Au pairs as individuals, each with their own special personality & needs. We make it our priority to stay in contact with you during your au pair year.
A maximum of 320 Euro annually will be paid by the host family for your language course attendance. You get to learn the Dutch language and meet other Au Pairs while doing so!
Holland appears to be a perfect destination for Au Pairs for very different reasons; people do not only come to Holland to admire the tulips, the mills, the cheese, the cows and the wooden shoes…
Au Pairs also choose Holland because Dutch people attach much value to family life and they are having active social lives. Dutch people are friendly, open-minded and interested in people from all over the world. Besides that, Holland is a country where young people have a lot of opportunities to explore their educational and language capacities, to travel with friends and family and to be conscious about their own character and culture…
So, what are you waiting for?!
If you want something new and exciting, this is definitely for you!
How the application process will work:
After you’ve filled in all the application form and have sent it back to us, we will need to make an appointment for you to Skype with our Dutch partner.
- Once application is approved you will receive the rest of the application forms, and then be contacted by families who wish to match with you. You will have telephonic or Skype interviews and can decide which family you’d like to go to. It can take a few months to match.
- Once you’ve matched with your host-family we will help you with your visa & residence permit (about 2-3 weeks before you depart). No cost to you!
- You can then also start with your flight arrangements and soon you’ll be off to your Au Pair adventure in Holland!
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.