Summer au pairs perform the same tasks as long-term au pairs: they support their host families with child care and light housework. Both long- and short-term au pairs receive the same pocket money and have the same number of working hours. Just like long-term au pairs, summer au pairs strive to improve their language skills and get to know a new culture whilst living abroad. Sometimes, they can also accompany their host families on holiday, taking care of the children during this time.
Employing a summer au pair is a great idea for families who are unable to take their holiday during school holidays and therefore need a child care solution during this time. The summer placement for au pairs also suits young students, who wish to go abroad to work as au pairs during their term break. Furthermore, it is an ideal introduction for both au pairs and host families who have not experienced au pairing before and are unsure as whether a long-term placement would suit them.
One last point to note: When communicating with au pairs or host families from a different hemispere to you, bear in mind that whilst in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July, in the southern hemisphere it is in January!
Summer au pair experiences
Josefin, summer au pair in Spain
Helen, summer au pair in Málaga (Spain)
Summer au pair - Frequently Asked Questions