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What is an au pair?

An au pair is a young single person aged between 18 and 25, who lives with a host family in another country. The au pair’s main objectives are to immerse in local culture & language(s). The au pair fulfills different roles: taking care of the children, entertaining them, doing homework, performing light housework and if necessary, taking care of pets. Usually, an au pair has no formal childcare training but has passion and experience in childcare. An au pair must have a private bedroom, board and lodging, monthly pocket money, and health insurance.

Sign up procedure

You are mature, motivated, reliable, proactive, energetic, and independent.
You are aged between 18 and 25 years.
You are unmarried and have no children.
You have followed high school until at least 17 years & have a high school diploma that grants you access to higher education.
You have a good knowledge of English (at least B1 level).
Having French, Spanish, Dutch, or German knowledge is a plus.
You are keen on learning one of the country’s languages during your stay.
You have researched Belgium and want to immerse yourself in Belgian culture.
You provide three childcare references demonstrating your experience and passion (+200 hours).
Each reference relates to an experience in the past five years, where you are over 15 years old, and is not drawn up by family or friends.
You have sufficient financial resources for unforeseen circumstances (a minimum of 500 euros).
You possess a valid international passport.
You have a clean criminal record and provide the official certificate.
You have a clean medical record and provide the official certificate.
You know how to cook.
You have good cycling skills.
You have swimming skills.
You are a non-smoker.
Having a driving license is a large plus.
Non-European au pairs: you are available for 12 months.
European au pairs: You are available for at least 2 months during the summer or the ski season, or for a one-year placement.
Non-European au pairs: you have not yet had a work permit in Belgium before.
Non-European au pairs: you have not had a visa refusal before.

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Au Pair Office gives priority to au pairs working through a partner agency. As soon as your application is received at Au Pair Office, our team will inform you whether we can place you through our services or whether we can refer you to a partner agency. Are you a young person living in Belgium and looking for an au pair adventure abroad? Apply now, Au Pair Office will gladly assist you.

Au pair costs
  • Application fees paid to local Agencies- in the home country. (APO does not charge inbound au pairs).
  • Need for personal funds.
  • Medical certificate.
  • Non-criminal certificate.
  • Translations, legalizations, apostilling.
  • International driving license.
  • Visa fees (to be paid at the embassy)
  • Optional upgrade insurance.
  • Travel to and from your local agency for your interview.
  • Travel to and from the embassy or consulate.
  • Travel to the airport for your scheduled flight.
  • Luggage fees.
  • Fees for changes in your booked ticket.
  • Ticket to home- or other country (in case of rematch and/or early termination)
  • Additional language courses.
  • Bus-, phone- and fitness subscription
  • Participation in events.
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Advantages of becoming an Au Pair Office au pair
  • We offer a social safety net away from home.
  • We are in contact with host families and know where the au pair will be staying.
  • We have a strong network of partners.
  • We provide professional and transparent processing of the administration concerning contracts, insurance, flights, and various authority documents.
  • We have a thorough knowledge of the complexities and give advice where necessary.
  • Au Pair Office listens to the au pairs and gives professional advice.
  • We mediate between the au pair and the host family.
  • Our team offers support when the going gets tough.
  • We organize 1-to-1 interviews, on request.
  • We organize monthly Zoom calls for au pairs.
  • We organise at least two events per year
  • Au Pair Office takes care of the follow-ups.
  • We have several social media groups.
  • Au Pairs can reach Au Pair Office 24/7 on Whatsapp
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  • Non-European au pairs and host families sign the official Belgian au pair contract
  • European au pairs and host families sign an official European contract
  • The au pair commits not to be employed in any other way in Belgium, both during the period of placement as au pair and after the expiry of the work permit and commits to leave Belgium as from that moment
  • It is important that all expectations are discussed beforehand and communicated to Au Pair Office so that we can include them in the official contract
  • Au pairs are allowed to work 4 hours a day (including babysitting) which means 20 hours a week, divided over maximum 6 days a week. The work schedule must be agreed upon in advance and must be clear to both parties
  • One day off per week is mandatory. It must always be possible to freely engage in religious expression
  • Holidays of au pairs are not regulated by law in Belgium; during holidays payment continues There are no official regulations concerning public holidays for au pairs
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In case of early termination

  • The au pair contract remains valid for the entire duration of the au pair stay. However, it is possible to terminate the contract prematurely for well-founded reasons
  • Au Pair Office recommends, in agreement with the different official institutions and inspection services, to respect a notice period of 14 days if this is possible for both parties and by mutual consent. The au pair contract can also be terminated immediately without notice for very serious reasons
  • In Belgium, the au pair is entitled to a one-time rematch if the au pair has not yet reached the age of 26
Pocket Money, board & lodging
  • Au pairs must open a bank account upon arrival
  • Au pairs receive at least 450 euros pocket money per month, also during inactivity or holidays
  • An au pair is entitled to board and lodging, a private bedroom and free access to the host family’s house
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  • Non-European au pairs: Each host family is obliged to take out an insurance for the au pair during the entire period of the stay. The insurance covers the medical, pharmaceutical and hospitalization costs. In addition, this insurance must cover the possible early repatriation of the au pair due to illness or accident
  • European au pairs: The au pair must verify with the health insurance company whether the cover for the stay in Belgium is provided. The host family should also take out an additional insurance that covers all medical costs and repatriation
  • Host families can take out these policies via Au Pair Office
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Language Course
  • All au pairs must follow language courses during their entire stay. Depending on the region, the au pair will attend Dutch, French or German language courses organized by recognized language institutes
  • The course must be offered by a recognized institution: private lessons or distance learning are not accepted by the Belgian authorities
  • If the au pair does not have a basic knowledge of one of the regional languages, he/she will follow an intensive language course upon arrival in Belgium
  • The time allocation will be organized in such a way that the au pair will have the opportunity to follow courses.

You can check these links for recognized schools in Belgium

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  • It is not possible to drive with an international driving licence as a resident
  • You can drive as an au pair with a recognized European or recognized non-European driving licence and convert it to a Belgian driving licence during your stay
  • Questions concerning liability and insurance are answered by an insurance broker
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