Almost everyone can become an au pair. Some countries or au pair agencies have certain requirements that you have to fulfil, and there’s no way around those. Before you start looking for a host family, make sure that you can actually go and live with them.
1. Age barrier
Check the age barrier for being in an au pair in your target country. Though you can become an au pair at any age, most families look for people between 18 and 30 years old.
Check the age barrier for the country you want to go to. You might not be able to go there through an agency if you’re too young or too old. And even though you may not be able to become an au pair in one country, you might fulfil the requirements for another country.
2. Valid passport or ID
It doesn’t matter where you’re from or where you’re going. You always need a document to prove who you are. Don’t forget that these documents have to be valid for the duration of your stay. Also make sure you apply for any additional paperwork such as visas, insurance cards, etc.
3. You have a basic knowledge of the host country’s official language
This one is not always necessary, but it can come in handy if you at least know what people are talking about. Most host families will want you to speak their language or at least be able to communicate in English. If you can’t, it’s impossible to communicate with each other. You might be the perfect candidate, but if you don’t understand each other, a family is very likely to hire someone else.
4. Do you need a visa?
Make sure you can get one if necessary. If you need a visa to become an au pair in the country of your choice, you will also need to fulfil that country’s requirements to get a visa. Go to their embassy and ask what the requirements are and what documents you need. You definitely need a signed contract from the host family and sometimes a recommendation letter. Some countries might also require you to:
- Have a language certificate
- Prove your language skills in the form of an exam
- Have private health insurance to cover you for the duration of your stay