The Ashley Abroad Au Pair Guide: How to Au Pair Around the World

That’s awesome you're interested in becoming an au pair! I au paired in Paris (four times!) and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

Thanks to au pairing, I got to live abroad, learn French, and make lifelong friends — all while earning money.

 

Here are some resources to help you decide if au pairing is right for you:

How to Become an Au Pair

A Day in the Life of an American Au Pair in France

 

Here are some helpful posts on how to find a family:

Should I Use an Agency to Find an Au Pair Host Family?

The 5 Most Important Things Au Pair Agencies Look For

How to Pick the Right Au Pair Family For You

 

What to pack:

The Ultimate Au Pair Packing List: What You Need (And What You Don't)

 

See my country-specific au pairing posts below!

Back when I was an au pair in Paris!

France

I may be biased, but France is an amazing place to au pair. City girl? Live in a beautiful, bustling city like Paris or Lyon. If you prefer living in a smaller town, choose anywhere from the windswept coasts of Brittany to the lavender-scented countryside of Provence.

 

Quick facts about working conditions for au pairs in France:

Au pair age requirements for EU citizens: 17-30 years old

Au pair age requirements for non-EU citizens: 17-30 years old

Maximum work hours: 30 hours per week

Minimum pocket money: 264 euros per month (about $320 USD)

 

Articles about au pairing in France:

How to Become an Au Pair in France: A Step-by-step Guide

The Pros and Cons of Au Pairing in Paris

The Ultimate Paris Packing List

 

Spain

If you love sunshine, siestas, and partying until the wee hours of the morning, Spain might be the right country for you. Most au pairs in Spain choose big cities like Madrid or Barcelona, but you can also find jobs in smaller cities like Seville or Granada.

 

Quick facts about working conditions for au pairs in Spain:

Au pair age requirements for EU citizens: 17-30 years old

Au pair age requirements for non-EU citizens: 17-30 years old

Maximum work hours: No official regulation

Minimum pocket money: 70 euros per week (about $85)

 

Articles about au pairing in Spain:

How to Become an Au Pair in Spain: A Step-by-step Guide

The Ultimate Girls' Packing List for Spain

 

Italy

If you love art, pizza, gelato, and handsome dark-haired men, consider au pairing in Italy. Many au pairs choose to live in Rome, Venice, or Florence, but there are jobs available all over the country.

 

Quick facts about working conditions for au pairs in Italy:

Au pair age requirements for EU citizens: 17-30 years old

Au pair age requirements for non-EU citizens: 18-30 years old

Maximum work hours: 30 hours per week

Minimum pocket money: No official regulation

 

Articles about au pairing in Italy:

Working as an Au Pair in Rome: What's It Really Like?

Why I Left My Host Family in Venice

 

The UK

If you love literature, theatre, or British history, au pairing in the UK might be the right choice for you. Au pairing in the UK is also a good option if you're not interested in learning a foreign language.

For Americans, getting a visa to work as an au pair in the UK can be difficult. But if you're from a commonwealth country (i.e. Canada, Australia, or New Zealand), it's much easier.

 

Quick facts about working conditions for au pairs in the UK:

Au pair age requirements for EU citizens: 17-30 years old

Au pair age requirements for non-EU citizens: 17-30 years old

Maximum work hours: 30 hours per week

Minimum pocket money: 70 pounds per week (about $95 USD)

 

Articles about au pairing in the UK:

How to Become an Au Pair in the UK: A Step-by-step Guide

 

The Netherlands

The Netherlands is an excellent country for au pairs. Though the weather can be overcast and gloomy, the country is organized, efficient, and full of beautiful cities like Amsterdam, Utrecht, and The Hague.

 

Quick facts about working conditions for au pairs in the Netherlands:

Au pair age requirements for EU citizens: 18-30 years old

Au pair age requirements for non-EU citizens: 18-30 years old

Maximum work hours: 30 hours per week

Minimum pocket money: 300 euros per month (about $365 USD)

 

Articles about au pairing in the Netherlands:

What Working as an Au Pair in the Netherlands is Really Like

 

Germany

Germany is a surprisingly diverse country. You can au pair in anywhere from gritty, hipster-friendly Berlin, to the quaint Bavarian towns of the Black Forest. Germany is also a very organized, punctual, and rule-driven country, which anyone who has ever taken a German train can attest to.

 

Quick facts about working conditions for au pairs in Germany:

Au pair age requirements for EU citizens: 17-30 years old

Au pair age requirements for non-EU citizens: 18-26 years old

Maximum work hours: 30 hours per week

Minimum pocket money: 260 euros per month (about $315 USD)

 

Articles about au pairing in Germany:

Working as an Au Pair in Munich, Germany: What It's Really Like

What Working as an Au Pair in Germany is Really Like

 

Australia

There are lots of things to love about au pairing in Australia: the beautiful weather, the laid-back locals, and the excellent coffee chief among them. Plus, the chance to explore a beautiful and difficult-to-fly-to country.

 

Quick facts about working conditions for au pairs in Australia:

Au pair age requirements: 18-30 years old

Maximum work hours: No official regulation

Minimum pocket money: $200 AUD ($155 USD) per week

 

Articles about au pairing in Australia:

A Day in the Life of an American Au Pair in Australia

A German Au Pair in Australia – Anneke's Experience

 

The USA

The US is a great place to au pair, though it will probably involve more driving than other countries. Whether you dream of living in New York City or along the California coast, the US has plenty of great options.

 

Quick facts about working conditions for au pairs in the US:

Au pair age requirements: 18-26 years old

Maximum work hours: 45 hours per week

Minimum pocket money: $195.75 USD per week

 

Articles about au pairing in the US:

What I Love and Hate About Au Pairing in US

What is Au Pairing in San Francisco Like?

A Polish Au Pair in the USA: Agnieszka's Experience

A Brazilian Au Pair in the USA: Andrea's Experience

Want to learn more about au pairing in Europe? Check out my guide!

Au pairing can be scary. After all, you're choosing to move to a foreign country and live with a family you've never met. It's not easy.

Which is where this guide comes in. My guide will walk you through every step of how to become an au pair.

Inside you'll learn:

  • How to find a great family using an au pairing website
  • How to apply for your visa and sign up for language school
  • How to negotiate the highest salary possible
  • How to make friends, get along with your family, and love your life abroad