Au pair in Italy
As an Au Pair you will take part in the everyday life of an Italian family. Italy has an incredible quantity of opportunities to offer: art cities, high mountains, lakes, and a beautiful coastline. The transportation system however, is highly developed and Italy is a small country, so everything is very close.
The family unit is very important in Italy. Families are generally with two or three children. Most families own their own home or apartment. Over one third also own or share a second house in the mountains or by the sea. Spending week end time in these is a favourite family activity. The Italian family is very happy to host English mother tongue, or fluently English speaker, because they always want to improve their English knowledge and make to learn the language to their children as soon as possible.
What is an Au Pair?
An Au Pair is a ‘big sister’ who lives in Italy 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 an Italian language course.
Most Au Pairs participate in the Au Pair Program for the valuable cultural experience of living with an Italian family and are treated more as a member of the family than an employee.
Au Pair Requirements:
- You must be 18-28 years old
- Have Grade 12 or equivalent
- Have childcare experience
- Driver’s licence not needed, but preferred
- Understand and speak English well
- Have a love for kids & be caring
- Agree to commit for 3 months*
- Be in good health. Only non-smokers are accepted
- South African citizenship
- Unmarried & no kids of your own
- No criminal record
Au Pair Responsibilities:
- Take the kids to school, play dates and pick them up afterwards
- Prepare meals for the kids
- Help kids with homework
- Help prepare the kids for the day’s activities
- Assist with general child-related chores, such as laundry, tidying the children’s bedrooms and play areas
- Work for a maximum of 30 hours a week
What is INCLUDED in the Au Pair Program:
- Visa assistance
- Flight assistance (optional)
- Furnished bedroom in host family’s home
- Support from agency right through your year
- Au pair meetings
- A minimum wage of 80 Euro per week
- Study allowance to do an Italian language course if you’d like
- Italian simcard with some money on for emergency use
- Accommodation and meals with the family for the entire year’s stay
How the application process will work:
- After you’ve filled in all the forms and have all your documents ready the sign-up fee for the registration is due. We will then process your documents and send it to our Italian partner
- Once your profile is in Italy, you will 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 weeks, even months to match
- Once you’ve matched with your host-family the placement fee is due. We will then help you with your visa application
- After you received your visa & health insurance, you can arrange your flights and set off to your Au Pair adventure in Italy!
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Also, please enquire about the program costs involved.
Here’s Melissa Möller’s story about her experience in Italy!
Au Pairing in Italy
By Melissa Möller
Hi, My name is Melissa Möller. I’m 21 years old and from January 2017 till April 2017 I Au Paired in Italy. I lived in a small town called Oderzo. I lived with a family of 4 and was welcomed into the family with open arms.
Three months sounds long, but it goes by in a flash. I had the best experience and journey. I met new people and made lots of friends. I learned the Italian way. I’ve never had that much pizza and pasta in my life. The reality is you are going to miss home and everyone you left behind, but there is so much to do that you really don’t think about it. Let’s face it with social media everybody is a skype call away.
I can say with all the joy in my heart that I had the best experience ever. Yes, it gets hard, but you learn to speak your mind, learn independence. I’ve learned so much about myself and what I like. I have grown more in the last 3 months than I have in the last year.
Rome, Verona, Venice, Treviso, Milan….
This is just some of the places I saw. I lived about 40 minutes away from Venice and visited a lot. There is nothing like seeing the Coliseum and the Vatican for the first time. That amazing feeling when taking a water taxi on the grand Canal in Venice or visiting Juliette house in Verona. You will never feel smaller standing at the foot of the Duomo or feel bigger when standing on its roof.
This is my small story about my wonderful journey in Italy. Hope you enjoy yours. I sure did.
Enjoy your experience
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