For your own safety, you should sign an au pair contract with your host family. Here you can find the official contract in accordance with the European Agreement in German and English.
Tip: You and your host family should talk about your mutual expectations in advance and include everything which is important to you in the contract. Thus, you can avoid future disappointments.
Important note for au pairs from non-EU countries:
Au pairs who need a visa to enter Germany are entitled to work here for a maximum of 12 months. The au pair contract must be signed for a minimum of 6 months, otherwise it will not be acknowledged by the German employment agency (Agentur für Arbeit). If you ever worked as an au pair in Germany before, you may not become an au pair here again, regardless of the duration of your previous au pair placement.
According to the Federal Employment Agency, the contract ends at the date agreed upon. Should the contract be terminated prior to this date, a notice period of 2 weeks should be observed. The contract should be terminated in written form.
Here is what you should do after cancelling your contract: stay with your current host family until you find a new host family. Ideally, your host family will help you in your search. In exchange, you can help them find a new au pair. In case of serious circumstances, the contract may be terminated with immediate effect.
For you as an au pair, the regulations of your host country, Germany, apply. As an au pair in Germany, you need to be covered by insurance for the following cases: illness, pregnancy, childbirth and accident. According to the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit), your host family must take out these insurances for you. The family also bears the costs involved.
Do you have questions? Our insurance partner Dr. Walter can provide you with further information about au pair insurance.
You are from an EU country?
Please clarify with your health insurance company to what extent and for how long your insurance is valid in Germany. Are you covered by insurance in case of illness, pregnancy, childbirth and accident? If your insurance is only partially valid in Germany or does not provide any coverage while you are abroad, your host family should take out an insurance for you. You should discuss this matter with your host family prior to your arrival. It is often advisable aoso for EU au pairs to arrange additional insurance coverage for the au pair stay.
You are from a non-EU country?
By signing the invitation letter and au pair contract, your host family commit themselves to taking out insurance for you. The family also bears the costs involved.
Clarify with your host family beforehand if you will be expected to drive a car. If so, you need to make sure that your national driving licence will be valid in your host country. Most probably, you will need to apply for an international driving licence. Please find more information on this issue on the pages of the ADAC (German Safety Driving Centre) or the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.
Clarify questions such as: what happens in case of an accident? Who pays for the damage? It is recommended to set out your agreement in writing.
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