Here’s How to Become an Au Pair and Work in Belgium
While Belgium is the de facto capital of the European Union, it is arguably more famous for its beer, chocolate, ‘French’ fries and waffles. Belgium also boasts:
• A hugely multicultural population (many of which speak English)
• One of the world’s best education systems (at an extremely affordable price!)
• An extremely high quality of life (including a world class health care system)
The central European country is bordered by France, Luxemburg, Germany and the Netherlands meaning travel is made easy for au pairs!
Au pair in Belgium: Financial Allowance and Working Hours
Au pairs are prohibited from working more than 20 hours per week (this equates to no more than 4 hours per day over a 5 day week!). Both health and accident insurance are covered by the host family and au pairs can expect a salary of around EUR450 per month, including sick and holiday pay!
Accommodation and Rent For Au Pairs Working in Belgium
Those thinking of moving to Belgium to au pair can expect:
• Their own bedroom (free of payment/rent)
• A personal key to the house
• Access to food
• Entitlements will continue during holidays and sick leave!
Au Pairs Rights To Free Time and Holidays
Free time for au pairs working in Belgium consists of a minimum of one day off per week and one weekend off per month. Au pairs are also given two weeks paid holiday for every 12 month contract completed. Holiday pay can be negotiated with the individual host family for shorter contracts.
N.B. Depending on the host family location in Belgium, au pairs are required to take a German, French or Dutch language course at an official recognised institution (payment may be paid for by the host, or split between both parties). Host families must also prepare a cultural program for the au pair on arrival.
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.
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