The word "Au Pair" literally means "equal to" in French. As an au pair abroad, you will be treated as a true member of your host family, not just as the "nanny."
For over 36 years, CHI has been developing exchange programs. Why? CHI wants businesses, hosting families and young Americans to share their values, their love and their freedom with foreigners. CHI also wants foreigners to share their culture, values, skills and life experiences with Americans. We believe this to be the best way to promote trust and understanding among nations and to build a more prosperous, peaceful world.
If you love children as much as you love to travel, we have the perfect travel option for you. Become an Au Pair Abroad and get the best of both worlds by taking care of children in another country!
I have been an Au Pair for almost seven months in Germany now. If I had to give this job three words I would say: hard, rewarding, and fun. It's hard because I work with three children, all different ages. Working with kids is never easy - when I first started I truly thought I couldn't do it. Once I started to get to know the kids, what they liked, a good way to discipline them, and how to care for them (not just through making sure they are fed and cleaned but also their feelings) it became easier and a lot more enjoyable. You have no idea what it feels like to be having the worst day ever, home sick, not feeling well, and a 6-year-old comes up to you and says, "Manda I love you" and gives you a kiss.
Being an Au Pair is such an important job! You are not just someone who looks after them, makes them dinner, or makes sure the rooms are clean. They grow to love you, trust you, and care about you. I have Marita tell me all the time "I am really going to miss you when you leave me.. I promise I will never forget about you.." To be honest you become almost like a fill in parent when their real parents are to busy with work or travel. They depend on you to go to their events, to help them with homework, or to love the art work they made that day. They ask you personal questions, only because they are curious and they trust you enough to ask. Becoming an Au Pair was the most amazing decision I have ever made! My heart is so full with love, and respect. I have already been to 7 different countries, and got to experience so many things. This job is rewarding in so many ways!
We do our best to ensure that you are matched with the right host family. CHI is a proud member of IAPA, the International Au Pair Association. All of our host families have been carefully screened to ensure your safety and to make sure your cultural exchange experience is a success. You will be asked to Skype with your prospective host family before your placement is confirmed so you can get to know one another better.
The number one reason our families want to host is to expose their children to a foreign language. You will be expected to speak your native language when you are taking care of the host children. You are not required to know another language. Your hosts are excited to learn more about you and your culture just as much as they are to share theirs with you. Our host families understand that this is a cultural exchange program and want to fully integrate you into their everyday family life.
* Your schedule is based on the family's needs and will differ with each placement. A usual day will be 5 to 6 hours of work. The week will most likely be 6 days of work with 1 day off or 5 days of work with 2 days off, depending on the hours worked each day. Some evening shifts may be requested of you.
**The amount of pocket money earned varies in each country.
We offer Au Pair Abroad placements in select countries. The program requirements and descriptions may vary based on your destination. If you aren’t sure where to go, our customer care specialists can help you determine the best country option for you!
The Au Pair Abroad program is ideal for first-time travelers that are looking for a safe and affordable way to live in another country. You will have local support throughout your program in case you need any assistance.
In order to be considered for this program you:
Our short-term Au Pair Abroad programs run year round and can last anywhere from one to three months.*
We do our best to find host families available for your desired dates. As an Au Pair Abroad, you are able to explore a new country, learn a new language, gain valuable life experience and travel in a safe environment living with a loving host family.
* Long-term au pair opportunities may be available up to 12-months if you obtain a student visa and agree to enroll in language classes in addition to your au pair duties. This comes at an additional cost.
The Au Pair Abroad program is a great option for first time travelers. You will be living in a safe environment with a loving host family. You will have a busy schedule, taking care of the kids 5-6 days per week. You will need to meet the minimum application and visa requirements and have a valid passport to be accepted to the program.
CHI is a non-profit organization. We try to make our prices as affordable as possible. There is a program fee to ensure you are placed with a carefully screened host family and that you have a 24-hour support system throughout your program. CHI and the overseas agency work hard on your behalf to make sure that you and your host family have a truly amazing experience.
The best part about the Au Pair Abroad program is that you will have the chance to earn some pocket money for your services as an au pair. In some cases, you can earn your program fee back and more! The amount of money received varies for each country.
Our customer care specialists are always willing to help you secure the best travel advice including where to buy the cheapest flights. Please wait to buy your flights until your placement with a host family has been confirmed.
We recommend searching the following sites for flight deals:
If you are a student or if you are under 26-years-old, you can also check the following sites:
Your safety is important to us. Our travelers must have medical insurance that will cover them during their time abroad. If your medical insurance doesn't cover you internationally, you will need to purchase coverage through a recognized provider. There are several affordable companies that offer plans for less than US $2.00 per day! We recommend: World Nomads, Caremed or GEO Blue Travel. Please read this article before choosing which international insurance provider is best for you!
We currently Au Pair Abroad placements in: Argentina, Mexico, China, Spain, France, Italy and Germany.
We ask that you please be flexible with the location you are placed in. Host families may live in different cities in each country offered. Please inquire for more details about a specific location.
Your host family will do their best to introduce you to their friends and relatives that live nearby. Our overseas partner agency will also be able to offer local tips about how to meet other people your age during your time abroad. Some agencies offer organized cultural activities or outings for all of the au pairs in a given area. If we know their will be other au pairs in your area, we will definitely share their contact details with you. There are also a lot of Meetup groups and other fun groups you can join to make friends abroad!
You will have 1-2 days off per week. Every family has a different schedule and needs. Please be flexible and make sure you accommodate their needs.
As long as you respect your host family's rules, you may be able to go out on the weekends. Remember that your main priority is to take care of the children. As long as you get your job done and are responsible, you may be able to go out with your new friends and have fun.