I have been debating the idea of becoming an Au Pair. I have been getting pretty serious about the idea since I won't be able to do it in a few years as there is a cut-off age for certain countries in their visa requirements.
I also thought this was a perfect time since I am finishing school online and I am not in a relationship. Combining children and traveling gave me this idea, and the benefits that I would get along with it make the opportunity seem even more amazing.
Below I've listed the countries that I am interested in becoming in Au Pair in and the benefits I would get along with it. These benefits are also based on an agency that I've thought about going through.
There are many Au Pair's that don't go through agencies, but I'm not sure how comfortable I feel doing that especially since this is my first time doing this. Going through an agency will make sure I am with a safe family (or at least to the best of their ability).
Germany is currently at the top of my list for many reasons. I did a ton of research and it seems that this country would be the best fit for me.
Not only that, the benefits are amazing. I would get flight reimbursement, room and accommodation, of course, free language classes, a monthly stipend, 4 weeks paid vacation, weekends off, a transportation card, and health insurance. This is by far the best benefits I would get (at least from this company). I also love how easily accessible it is to travel to other countries.
I'm currently looking into the Munich area. Not just because of it's close proximity to Austria, Switzerland, France, and other countries, but also because of the absolute beauty of the architecture in this area. I love all of the histories Germany has to offer.
France requires you to take French classes for the Au Pair visa. If I went through this particular agency, I would have to pay for these language classes out of pocket and from what I saw, they are pretty expensive.
I also would only get 2 weeks of paid vacation. The benefits are the same from Germany's, minus the free language classes and less paid vacation.
I have been getting a crazy amount of offers from families in Italy that want to host me, but the visa process seems to be too much of a hassle.
To my knowledge, I would have to enroll in school/classes and most likely pay for them on my own (depending on the family). I heard they are more strict compared to the other countries as well. The agency I want to go through doesn't offer this country, and I'm sure it's because of the visa reasons.
This country is on my agency's list and has a ton of benefits.
The monthly stipend is the most here as compared to the other countries I listed. I would also get free language classes, weekends off, 2 weeks paid vacation and more. I am not a fan of the location as I obviously mentioned I wanted to be more in the Munich area for many reasons, including the proximity to other cities I want to visit. No matter which country I visit, I am definitely making a stop here to visit the Anne Frank house.
I've heard of people getting Au Pair's from sites like Au Pair World and getting amazing benefits. Along with what I posted for Germany's benefits, I've read some of these ladies getting a crazy stipend amount each month along with paid tuition.
I'm sure I could find something along those lines, but for my first time abroad I really believe I should go the safest route possible, and have someone there to help me every step of the way.
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Which country would you interested in being an Au Pair to? If you aren't interested in being an Au Pair, where would you recommend me going to?