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Au Pair Australia: Working In Germany!
Germany is one of the biggest countries in Europe, with 12 of its cities occupying the European Top 50 Most Populated Cities – meaning au pairs always have something to do in their spare time! While the nation is most famous for its beer, sausages and festivals (think Oktoberfest); there are a number of other great reasons prompting people to relocate!
Top 10 German Fun Facts:
- German is the third most commonly taught language in the world
- German is the official language of 5 countries! Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein – also being spoken in Northern Italy and French provinces
- 65% of the highway has no speed limit!
- More than 100 million people worldwide speak German
- The country has over 1,000 kinds of sausages and 300 kinds of bread
- Nine counties border Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxemburg, Holland, Czech Republic, and Poland)
- Germany has the most zoos in the world – over 400
- Berlin is nine times larger than Paris
- Only 2% of Germans are without a mobile phone
- The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft
German Au pair: Financial Allowance and Working Hours
Au pair duties include primarily looking after the children, assistance with light household chores is usually required – but at the discretion of the individual host family. Au pairs will work around 30 hours a week, spread over no more than a maximum of 6 days.
The average monthly pocket money allowance is around EUR260 per month.
Accommodation and Rent
All accommodation/boarding/rent/lodging is FREE for au pairs and must:
• Be located within the family home
• Have a window
• Be heatable and lockable
• Have a dimension of 8 square metres
Au pairs also have unlimited access to family meals and food, which is included in sick and holiday pay.
Free Time and Holidays
Working in Germany entitles au pairs to a minimum of one day off per week and once a month this must be a Sunday. A minimum of 4 evenings off per week is also incorporated into free time.
Similar to many other au pair contracts, every 12 months completed entitles an au pair to one month paid leave!
N.B. If an au pair goes on holiday with their German host family, this is included in their normal duties and will not count as holiday time!
Au Pair Criteria – What is Required?
Thinking of moving abroad to au pair? If you answer ‘yes’ to the following questions then Germany awaits!
• Are you aged between 18 and 24 years of age?
• Are you unmarried?
• Can you support your travel costs?
• Is this your first time you will work as an au pair in Germany?
• Do you intend to remain employed as an au pair for at least 6 months?
• Is your knowledge of German a level A1?
N.B. Host families are likely to encourage and offer opportunities for au pairs to participate in language courses and cultural activities. While activities are generally paid for by the host, language course fees will be covered by the au pair.
Have you worked abroad as an au pair before? Do you have any tips or tricks for those looking for child care opportunities with a host family? Let us know in a comment below!
For further information on overseas Au pair locations, visit Au Pair World.
Topics: Au Pair, Au Pair Australia
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