General rules

General rules for au pairs and hostfamilies in Europe.

Of course, there are certain rules and requirements that apply and a host family must live up to if you want an au pair living in the home. There is also a legislation for au pairs and au pair host families in most countries (in the EU).

It must be understood that cultural exchange is the primary purpose and that the work itself is merely something related. An au pair must have pocket money, have free food and accommodation during their stay, and must be treated like any other person in the home.

As an au pair agency, we quickly ensure at the beginning of the process that both parties, in our opinion, comply with the rules.

It is always the Authorities in the current country, that determines an approval, and therefore we cannot guarantee an approval, as the board has access to some information that we do not have. But of course, our success criterion will always be an approval. Therefore, we also promise that if an au pair is not approved, we will find a new au pair free and free (ex. Expenses for litigation, insurance etc.) and we will remain until there is an au pair in your home.

Rules and requirements for the au pair in most european countries

  • An au pair must be between 18 and 30 years in order to participate in the au pair program. You must apply before your 30th birthday.
  • An au pair must work a certain amount of hours daily, and is entitled to a minimum of day(s) off weekly. However, some choose to spend more than one day off a week. In addition, all national holidays are also day off in most European countries. They are entitled to have weeks of for vacation as well yearly, and holidays must be agreed in advance in writing.
  • In addition to diet and accommodation, the au pair must receive a minimum monthly allowance.     
  • You cannot be married
  • You cannot have children

There are more rules than these, but these are the general ones. Of course, we will tell you all the rules when we get started with the process itself.                                                                                                                  

Rules and requirements for the family 

  • You must be a family with at least one parent and at least one child under 18 years of age
  • One of the parents must have national citizenship
  • You have to be self-sufficient -dvs. not provided by the state
  • One must offer free diet and lodging, pay the minimum wage / pocket allowance rate each month, and offer the au pair own room approved for residence at home
  • You must draw compulsory insurances for the au pair
  • If the au pair comes from a country outside the EU, the host family must pay for the flight both both ways
  • In addition, both parties are required to enter into a written contract between the au pair and the host family
  • The termination is also mutual and must be terminated in writing                                                

Although there are many requirements for both host family and au pair, and not everyone is mentioned here, we help to ensure that all requirements are met by both parties.