Being an au pair during the summer

It is now officially summer, and if you don’t have any plans yet, you could consider being an au pair during your holidays. It is a great way to get away from your own family for a bit and go to a different country for cheap. (I would recommend going somewhere where it’s warm.)

Summer au pairs are exactly the same as long-term au pairs. The only difference is in the name; summer au pairs only stay for one to three months during the summer. They get the same amount of pocket money and the same amount of working hours. The kids won’t be going to school during the summer, though, so it is going to be a lot of hard work.

If you are considering to become an au pair for the summer, here are some pros and cons that you should take into account.


  • You might just have to work for 10 hours straight. Every. Single. Day. Definitely make sure to ask for some time off before you leave your home country.
  • You’re on an au pair salary and just getting pocket money. If you want to save up, it would be better to get a full-time job.
  • You can feel like your stuck. Staying at a vacation house means that there isn’t much to do and it’s not that easy to escape.
  • You are constantly surrounded by your host family.


  • It’s a great way to travel and get to know a different culture
  • You get to go on free trips to the zoo/museum/beach. The host parents are paying you to help them with their child so this means that they will be taking you with them on most day trips (sometimes even on holiday!).
  • You’re completely immersed in a language for a couple of months, and this is a great way to quickly learn said language.

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