When You Work as an Au Pair

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When you work as an au pair…
…you increase you knowledge in a foreign language
…you learn more about another culture
…you experience a different environment
…you meet new people
…you get work experience
…you visit new places
…you get a memory for life

Working as an au pair is a rewarding experience because you learn to stand on your own two feet and take care of yourself.


The most common and important task is to take care of the children in the family. It often involves making them breakfast, driving them and picking them up from school, play with them and help them with their homework. The job also contains some housework, such as doing the dishes, the laundry and the cooking. The tasks varies a lot from family to family, and that’s why it’s so important that the employer and employee agrees over the assignments before the au pair starts working.


The law in Sweden says that a person that applies for an au pair employment abroad needs to fill in the following demands:

Between 18 – 28 years
(If the person is older than 28, her or she can apply for a job as a nanny)

Experience from babysitting
References from other jobs are also valuable, especially those that involves being a leader in any activity for children, like teaching a theatre group or being a swimiming teacher.

Speaking the language
Of course the person needs to speak and understand the laungage that exists in the country were the employment takes place, although it is not required to speek it fluently.

Different au pair-agencys choose to add some more requirements, such as:

A drivers license
At least an upper secondary school education
Free from marking in the police register
Personal qualities like independent, positive and having easy adapting to new environments

The muturity, motivation and responsibility is of course very important....
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