Au Pair Ebook Summer Special – $5

Talyas-au-pair-book-thumbIn celebration of the long hot days of summer, we’re offering our Ebook, The Girl’s Guide to Being An Au Pair, for half price!

From now through the end of August, you pay $5 instead of $10 …  So if you want to find out about being an au pair – where to go, how to find a host family, how to make the most of your time abroad, and more … be sure to grab a copy!

The button below will take you to PayPal, where you can pay with your PayPal account OR with a credit/debit card if you aren’t an account holder. We will then send you your very own copy of the Ebook, to help get you started on your way to being an Au Pair.

Enjoy!




Au Pair in Australia

Australia(This is a guest post by Miryam Aubert from Au Pair Australia)

Have you ever thought about moving to the land “down under”  to work as an au pair? If so, below is what you can expect from working as an au pair in Australia, as well as what you need to get started. Enjoy!

 

Duties

As an au pair, your primary responsibility is to look after the host family’s children. Alongside childcare, you may be asked to help out with household chores as part of your duties, but these should only be light household chores, as your primary responsibility is to look after the children, not to clean house. Normal working hours are a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 45 hrs per week.

Pocket money

Your host family will give you pocket money in exchange for your help. Au pairs in Australia are paid a weekly pocket money of at least $6 – $8 per hour, depending on experience and skills.

Board and accommodation

Au pairs are entitled to have their own room at their host family’s home. The family should also provide them with meals. Naturally, this also applies in case of illness or during your holidays. You of course will still be taken care of, even if you happen to get sick.

Working hours

There are no specific regulations when it comes to the au pair’s number of working hours in Australia. However, from our experience we recommend that you work 30 to 40 hours per week. Your host family can ask you to do some babysitting up to 2 evenings per week, which should be included in your working time.

Free time

As an au pair, you are entitled to have at least one day off per week. This day should be on a Sunday at least once every month. We suggest families to give weekends free as much as possible, and most host families are fine with this, as they like to enjoy time with their children on weekends.

Holidays

The Working Holiday Programme doesn’t regulate how much holiday you are entitled to during your stay in Australia. However, we recommend families to give one week of holiday for a stay of six months, or at least two weeks’ holiday per year.

Language course

During your stay as an au pair in Australia, you can participate in a language course if you would like to improve your English skills. Usually it is the au pair who pays for his or her own language course, as this is not an official part of the au pair program.

Travel expenses

Normally, it is expected that you pay for your flight to and from Australia. If your host family is happy with the help you provide, they may possibly pay your return trip or part of the cost. However, family is not obliged to do so, but we do recommend that host families help with flights if they can.

End of stay bonus – We also encourage families to pay an “end of stay” bonus at the end of the placement, based on good performance.  This is normally around $500 AUD, and is a nice way to thank au pairs for a job well done.

What you need to apply to be an Au Pair in Australia

1) A copy of your passport or any Identification and a copy of your first aid certificate if you have this.
2) A copy of your driving license, if you have one.
3) Two written references in English (not from family or friends). References completed by the staff at schools, nurseries, hospitals, children’s homes, or from the parents of children you have looked after are the best kind to have.
4) A “Dear Family” letter, written in English, giving details about your family, yourself, work experience and your reason to become an Au pair
5) A Medical certificate – provide a certificate confirming that you are fit & healthy. This can be obtained from your doctor or nearby medical center.
6) Recent photographs of yourself, showing to your host family your hobbies, your family, and friends.
7) A Police clearance certificate (or background check). Ask your local police department or other legal authority in your country to provide you with a certificate or other document stating that you do not have a criminal record.

Once you have this, you can apply to work as an au pair in Australia. And if you need help getting started and finding a host family in Australia, we can help! We are the only Australian au pair agency offering au pairs free registration (a fee normally costing 500€ in Europe), so if you would like to help us connect you with a host family in Australia, contact me, Miryam, at info@aupair-australia.net. I look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another new resource for Au Pairs: AuPairAds.com

au pair ads founder photoThis is a guest post by the founders of AuPairAds.com, two sisters from Sweden who want to create the best au pair service on the net.

In 2006, I returned to Sweden after an exciting year abroad as an au pair in London. It had been a great experience and I had learned a lot! When I came back from England I was full of ideas of what an au pair should do in order to maximize the au pair experience; how to choose a host family, where to live, and how to use spare time. So while completing my business degree at university, my sister and I decided to create a web guide for Swedish au pairs (Aupairguiden.se) since there was a lack of non-commercial information. In connection with this, we also started a forum for au pairs (Aupairforum.se), which helps au pairs find friends and offer them an opportunity to discuss issues with other au pairs.

We began getting requests from families wanting to get in contact with the au pairs. In general, Swedish au pairs have a very good reputation of being trustworthy and friendly. We evaluated the market of au pair agencies and matching sites with one question in mind; how is a great match between an au pair and a family made? Finding mutual interests between the au pairs and the families is a good start, so our aim was to create a site that enabled a high level of involvement from both sides during the matching process, sort of a cross-over between an agency and an ads site. We wanted it to feel modern and personal.

We also saw a gap in the market of au pair sites in terms of quality. We simply wanted the matching process to be enjoyable, safe, and easy for both the au pairs looking for an adventure abroad and the families looking for a new reliable family member. We then launched Aupairads.com in the spring of 2011.

Currently, 99% of our au pair members are Swedish. The service is easy; families create an ad describing themselves and what they are looking for, and au pairs apply to families of interest. The families also get to search and contact au pairs of interest. So far the response from families has been very positive and many express a genuine relief when finding our site. So far we have a unique and very large network of Swedish au pairs, unlike other agencies. This is exactly what other agencies are unable to offer their host families.

The very best advice we have to families looking for great au pairs for their children is to be sure of the uniqueness of your family, the specific needs for your children, and what qualities you are looking for in the perfect au pair. Then communicate this to potential candidates. A good, honest and welcoming ad will naturally attract the right au pairs.

Our site is growing, and we are currently devoting all our spare time it and our other sites. We also get support from others in our team, such as Bill, who is in charge of programming, and John, who helps us with search engine optimization. We also have another team member, Maria who is in New York, working to establish co-operations in the US. We are very excited about what the future holds!

New forum for au pairs!

girls talking (photo courtesy of dreamstime)

After using a simple page as a forum on this blog since its creation, I have finally upgraded and added a real forum by adding a community from BlogFrog to this site. The new forum makes it possible for you to sign up to connect with others through discussions, related blog posts, and more.

If you have questions for other au pairs, need help, or want to connect with fellow au pairs in your area, please be sure to visit the forum and join the community here.

Looking forward to meeting you there!