The au pair contract (officially called "convention d'accueil au pair") should be signed by both you and your host family before your departure. This document, which you can download from our page au pair contract, should include the precise conditions of your stay with your host family, including details on the duration of stay, working hours, holiday entitlement, lodging arrangements, language course financed by the family, pocket money, etc.
Three copies of the completed and signed contract should be available: one for the host family, one for you and, finally, one should be given to the National Youth Service. The contract can only be validated once the National Youth Service has accepted both your application as an au pair (demande d'approbation) and the family's application as a host family (l'agrément comme famille d'accueil). You will find information on all of the necessary formalities for obtaining approval on our page Formalities for entering Luxembourg.
Termination of the au pair contract
The au pair contract is valid for the duration of your stay. However, it is possible to terminate the contract, for example if you and your family don't get on. According to Luxembourgish regulations, the notice period should be at least one month. In serious circumstances, the termination of the contract can be effective immediately, that is to say, without a notice period.
The party that wants to terminate the contract must inform the other party in writing and send a copy of this to the Nation Youth Service. If it is the family who wants to end the contract, they must, before making the decision, meet with you, explain their reasons for the planned decision and listen to your explanation. It is also possible to have a representative of the National Youth Service present during this meeting as a mediator, as long as they are informed far enough in advance of their required participation. It is only possible to change host families once and is only possible if the total duration of your stay does not exceed a total of one year.
Social and health insurance
In Luxembourg, au pairs need to be covered by the Luxembourgish social security in case of illness and accident. Your family is, therefore, required to register you with the Communal Centre of Social Security (CCSS). As you do not receive a substantial amount of money, your host family is responsible for the fees of your membership.
The CCSS will send your host family the confirmation of your registration which must be presented to the National Youth Service in the month following your arrival in Luxembourg.
Your host family is required to take out public liability insurance in your name, which covers the duration of your stay with them.
Make sure you enquire before you start: will you have to drive the host family's car? If yes, make sure your driving licence is valid in Luxembourg. You may have to apply to have your licence registered or recorded with the National Society of Automobile Circulation (SNCA). You can find more information on the site Guichet unique. Other important questions to ask: what happens in the case of an accident? Who is responsible for the damages? This should be clarified before your departure. It is usually possible for the motor insurance of the family to be extended to include the au pair.
We strongly recommend you to discuss all important details concerning your au pair stay with your future host parents well in advance. On the following page you will find the most important questions you should ask your host family.
Have you already spoken to your host family on the phone to find out if you get along well with each other? Find out what else you can do for your safety in our Security section.
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