Help with searching and finding

With the help of our tools on AuPairWorld, you can find just the right au pair or host family. Answers to all your questions about searching and finding an au pair or host family with AuPairWorld are presented here.

  • How do I find an au pair or a host family using AuPairWorld?

    At AuPairWorld, au pairs and host families search on their own initiative for a matching au pair or host family that fits their wishes. For this purpose, they register free of charge and create an individual profile. In the profile, they specify certain search criteria, for instance, their preferred host country, their country of residence or their languages. On the basis of these search criteria, the AuPairWorld search management tool EasyFind automatically displays matching profiles. In addition, AuPairWorld informs all of its users of matching new registrations by sending an email message – the Daily Update – to your designated email address.

    As soon as the au pair or host family has found a matching profile, they can enter into contact with each other. To do this, they simply send a standard message to their preferred candidate, expressing their interest. If the host family has a Premium Membership, they can also start exchanging personal messages.

    In addition to these tools for finding a matching au pair or host family, AuPairWorld also provides its users with all kinds of useful information and tips concerning the ins and outs of the au pair stay – from legal regulations and requirements for au pairing in different countries, to suggestions for the successful management of au pair contracts, to ideas on how to choose the best au pair or host family. The AuPairWorld Support Team also gladly answers any further questions you may have by phone and email.

  • How do I know if the au pairs or host families that are displayed are still searching?

    AuPairWorld ensures the quality and correctness of the search results through a number of measures. The following features function to confirm that the displayed profiles belong to au pairs and host families who are currently actively searching:

    • Only profiles with a current start date or a start date in the future are displayed.   Profiles with a start date that lies in the past are not shown.

    • Only profiles of users who have logged into their profiles within the last 14 days are displayed in the lists. We assume that these au pairs or host families are still actively searching. However, in some cases it may be that au pairs or host families in this group of recently logged in users have found a match in the present two-week period.

    • Profiles of au pairs or host families who have already found a matching partner are generally deactivated by the user or the AuPairWorld team directly after the search has been successfully completed.

    • Au pairs or host families with too many unanswered messages are also not shown in the search results.

    Should you notice that an au pair of host family in your search results is, in fact, not actively searching, please contact us. We appreciate our users' support in helping make AuPairWorld the most trusted online au pair agency.

  • How are search results sorted?

    In your EasyFind search management tool, you have the possibility of sorting your search results according to relevance, date of registration or last login. In the open search available under "Find an au pair" and "Find a family ", search results are displayed in the order of the most recent login of the respective profile holders. This way, every au pair or host familiy has the chance to be at the top of the list if they regularly log in and answer received messages.

  • How can I make it so that my search gives me more exact results?

    You need to be aware that the search results that you get in the general search function (Find an au pair, Find a host family) gives a general overview of au pairs andhost families registered on AuPairWorld. These profiles do not necessarily fit to your detailed search criteria and preferences.

    To receive more exact search results, you should use theEasyFind search management tool available for all registered users. With this tool, our system selects the profiles that agree most closely to your personal search criteria and preferences specified in your profile. Searching with EasyFind is therefore the simplest way for you to find an au pair or host family that really fits for you.

  • How long does the search take?

  • When should I start my search?

    Here again it is the case that sometimes one finds an au pair or host family very quickly and sometimes it takes longer. A look at our statistics shows that most host families register at AuPairWorld between 1-4 months prior to the desired start date of the au pair stay.  As an au pair, you should not only orient yourself on the basis of your own wishes for a particular start date but also adjust to the needs of your host family. If you begin the process six months prior to the desired start date, you have the best chances of finding a suitable host family or au pair.

  • How do I find the right host family?

    To ensure that your au pair stay will be a positive and memorable experience, it is important that you feel comfortable with your host family. Our tips will help you find the right family:

    • It is important that you get to know a potential host family as well as possible in advance. That means: Ask the family everything that you would like to know. Talk with them about all the important points that are relevant for your stay. Find out if they have the same expectations for the stay as you do. Our list of questions will help with this.
    • Have you gotten to know all of the family members? Ask the family how they like to spend their free time, what hobbies they have and what the interests of their children are. If the children are old enough, you can also perhaps talk with them on the telephone or with Skype.
    • If your planned host country is not so far from where you live, you could also consider going to visit your planned host family in advance. That way you can see how the family lives and what it's like in their regular surroundings. By getting to know each other personally, you will find out more easily if you get along well with each other and if you are a good match.
    • You can also ask your family and friends for their opinion. They know you best and should be able to help you make the right choice.

    With these tips you should be able to feel comfortable about choosing your host family. Naturally, you can never be completely certain in advance that everything will work out the way you expect. However, if necessary, you can always change families and then have a great stay with a different host family.

    Video with tips on how to find the right host family for you

    How to find the right host family at AuPairWorld with Graham