What is an Au Pair?
An Au Pair is a ‘big sister’ who lives in Holland 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 language course.
Most Au Pairs participate in the Au Pair Program for the valuable cultural experience of living with a Dutch family and are treated more as a member of the family than as an employee.
See what other Au Pairs’ experiences are like!
Erica Au Pairing in the Netherlands.
Check out these videos of Chanel Au Pairing in Holland.
When you Au Pair in the Netherlands, you are well located! You can easily travel to many other European countries. This is what Chanel and her Au Pair friends did. They travelled to Switzerland and had a ball! She also shares valuable advice to new applicants. We highly recommend you watch this!
Check out these videos of Claire and Kiki Au Pairing in Holland.
Super Au Pair Claire has made many memories and her positive attitude is an inspiration to all of us. Keep on shining Claire! Kiki was an Au Pair in the Netherlands in 2018-2019. In this in-depth video, she gives us valuable insights about her experience. We hope you can be inspired by Kiki to Au Pair in the Netherlands too!
Check out these videos of Clarissa Au Pairing in Holland.
Clarissa is one of our super inspirational Au Pairs in the Netherlands. We just love this inspiring video she made about her experience in Europe so far. Clarissa has wasted no time with her travel plans! This awesome lady is in an Au Pair in the Netherlands and recently travelled to Belgium, Germany & France.
Au Pair Requirements
- Aged 20-29.
- Fluent in English.
- Must be willing to learn Dutch language in Holland.
- South African / Namibian citizenship.
- Highly experienced: This means: You are a local full time Au Pair OR have Au Paired abroad before OR you have teaching experience.
- You must be able to pay a contribution towards your flight (remember, the Holland program has no fees!)
- Au Pairs with an after-school qualification (Diploma, degree) are highly preferred.
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.
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. You are cared for & helped every step of the way. The staff in Holland is carefully trained with a focus on ensuring that host families and Au Pairs have the best experience possible. After care is very important. Remember, you get what you pay for – quality service and exceptional support while abroad – something that makes Carla’s Au Pairs truly stand out above other agencies! Just ask our Au Pairs and they’ll agree!
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.
How the application process will work
- After you’ve filled in all the application form and have sent it back to us, we will send it to 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. Also, please enquire about the program costs involved.
Au Pair responsibilities
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.
A Day in the Life of an Au Pair in the Netherlands
Janine is an Au Pair in Den Haag, the Netherlands. Here she shares the comings and goings of a typical day of childcare. We just love her 2 adorable host children! We hope this can give you some insights about what to expect.
The Host family shall provide the Au Pair with:
- a visa, including the costs for the visa.
- free board and lodging (furnished bedroom, meals with the family for entire year’s stay).
- a monthly allowance of € 340,00.
- a language course worth € 320,00.
- Basic Medical Insurance.
- Contact details of fellow Au Pairs in your area.
A plus point about this program is that a driver’s license 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 ride a bike! You also get a very special Carla’s Au Pairs Pre-departure pack which includes useful & cool goodies such as a Pre-departure Manual (written by our experienced staff with the help of ex-Au Pairs), travel bag, travel document pouch, travel mirror, travel pillow, travel make-up bag, luggage tag & more!