Your main responsibility is to look after the children of your host family. Helping with light housework also forms part of your duties. Our tip: talk to your host family in advance about your exact duties. We recommend listing these duties and including them in your au pair contract before signing it. You will find more information on this topic on our page Don't forget: the au pair contract, insurance, etc.
In Germany, an au pair receives monthly pocket money of 260 euros. In this context, the number of working hours is irrelevant. You are also entitled to your pocket money during your holiday and in case of illness.
The host family must offer free board and lodging to the au pair. An au pair must always be accommodated in an individual room in the family's home. This room must have a window and a dimension of 9 square metres. It should also be lockable and heatable.
As an au pair, you participate in the daily life of your host family. You share meals. You are also entitled to free board and lodging in the case of illness and during your holiday.
You can arrange your time for doing the household chores according to the family's habits and needs. You should not work more than 6 hours a day and 30 hours a week, including babysitting.
You are entitled to at least one day off per week. Once a month, this day should be a Sunday. Your host family should make sure that you get at least 4 evenings off per week.
According to the German Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit), an au pair is entitled to a paid holiday of 4 weeks, provided that the au pair stays with their host family for a whole year. Families which go on a holiday usually take their au pair with them. During this time, you will perform your regular duties by looking after the children.
Accompanying your host family on their holiday does not count as your au pair holiday, unless you have fewer duties and are not obliged to be available at all times. In this case, it is considered your holiday, as well. Not accompanying your host family on their holiday does not entitle you to work for a different family during this time.
In Germany, it is regulated that au pairs do not need to work on public holidays. Only in exceptional cases au pairs should work on public holidays. The host family should discuss this with their au pair beforehand.
Your host family should offer you the opportunity to attend a German language course during your spare time. The same applies to cultural activities. Host families need to contribute towards the costs of the language course with 50 euros per month (in addition to the pocket money).
Normally, you bear the travel costs to your host country and back home by yourself.
Not every German city offers a so-called "Stadtpass", but it's certainly worth checking to see if such a city discount pass for persons with a lower income is available in your host city. So check it out with the municipal administration in your city and see if they also provide some sort of "Stadtpass" that you would be eligible for as an au pair and language school student. You could certainly ask your host family for assistance in investigating this possibility.
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