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Au Pair in South America2019-04-13T17:44:15+00:00

Au Pair in Chile

Expand your mind through childcare, travel and cultural exchange

Going abroad as an au pair is an incredible personal and cultural experience. As an au pair you become an extended member of a host family in South America and care for their children for 3 to 12 months. During this time you will learn about each others culture and improve your Spanish, make many new friends and get a chance to explore this amazingly beautiful part of the world.

Through our network in Santiago de Chile and the surrounding areas we will match you with the perfect host family, and support you personally with your travel preparations and throughout your entire stay as an au pair in South America.

Being an Au Pair

Your role as an au pair within the family is similar to being an older sibling to younger brothers or sisters. Your host parents will see you as an adult family member and treat you as an equal. In fact, the French term au pair means on equal footing.

Being an au pair means that you will support your host parents with their childcare needs for up to 45 hours per week. In return you receive free board and accommodation in a private room as well as a monthly allowance of € 200 or more.

Every host family is different and so are the tasks and responsibilities of the au pair. Here is an example for a typical day:

Morning

In the morning you wake up the kids and help them get ready for the day. You assist them with their bathroom routines and getting dressed, prepare breakfast and take them to kindergarten or school afterwards. Before your midday break, you do the children’s laundry and tidy up their rooms.

Afternoon

Organising the afternoon is one of your main responsibilities. The kids may need help with their school homework first, but after that it’s time to have fun. You may decide to take the kids outdoors for a walk in the park or to a playground, organise a playdate with friends, or stay inside playing games and doing handicrafts if the weather is not that great.

Evening

In the evening you help to prepare the children’s dinner and get them ready for bed. Of course, all kids like a good bedtime story or lullaby before they go to sleep – perhaps a good opportunity to share the songs and stories you enjoyed most growing up in your home country.

Good to know: Au pairs are not expected to be childcare professionals. During the first weeks of your stay, your host parents will help you familiarise yourself with the daily routines and their children’s individual needs. Of course, these routines vary from family to family and depend a lot on factors such as the children’s age, whether they go to school or kindergarten, etc.

Our Host Families for Au Pairs in Chile

We select the host families for our au pair with great care. Before admission to our program, new hosts are interviewed twice by different members of our team, followed by a visit to their home.

And just like our au pair applicants, the host parents also have to provide us with references from non-family members who vouch for them, and provide us with copies of their passports and a clean police record.

We do not publish the profiles of our hosts online, but will make them available to you if you decide to apply for an au pair position. You can then select the families you wish to meet via video chat and get to know them personally before making a decision. A member of our team will prepare you for the interviews with our hosts.

Host Family Au Pair

AuPair BASIC

850
  • No Spanish Course
  • 3 to 12 months Au Pair in Chile
  • Board and Accommodation
  • Full Support Package

AuPair PLUS

1150
  • Spanish Course in Chile
  • 3 to 12 months Au Pair in Chile
  • Board and Accommodation
  • Full Support Package

AuPair EXPLORER

1450
  • Spanish Course in country of choice
  • 3 to 12 months Au Pair in Chile
  • Board and Accommodation
  • Full Support Package

How does it work?

Our 3-step application process is very simple and you can personally meet all families first before making any decisions.

Application Requirements for Au Pairs

Working with children is a fun and very rewarding experience, but it comes with a great deal of responsibility. We want to make sure that both you and your host family benefit greatly from your shared time together. And for us this begins with a basic set of requirements for the admission to our program.

To become an au pair you must be between 18 and 26 years of age, and unmarried with no spouse or dependents. The minimum program duration is 3 months, but many families prefer if their au pair stays longer. A genuine love for children is of course a must, ideally with previous experience in the field of childcare, babysitting or similar.

Furthermore we require all applicants to produce two references from non-family members who can vouch for your character and suitability to work as an au pair, a clean police record and a first aid course certificate. And if you want to brush up on your Spanish, simply sign up for a Spanish course in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador or Costa Rica.

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  • Age
    18 – 26 years
  • Availability
    3 – 12 months
  • References
    Two References
    Clean Police Record
    First Aid Certificate
  • Spanish
    Level A2 or better (courses available for all levels)

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the host families checked?2018-12-12T19:52:52+00:00

Yes, all host families participating in our au pair program have been thoroughly vetted before admission to our program. Our vetting process includes interviews and visiting the family’s home, clean police records from all adult family members, and of course the ongoing positive feedback from previously hosted au pairs.

Are there any additional costs?2019-01-12T09:44:10+00:00

Our packages AuPair BASIC, PLUS and EXPLORER include everything for your stay in South America as per program description. Not included in the price are the following:

  • Flight from your home country to your destination in South America and back
  • Visa application fee
  • Travel Insurance (Health & Liability)
  • 3rd party fees (e.g. first aid course, police record)
Can I change my host family later?2019-01-12T10:09:26+00:00

While we take great care in the selection and vetting process of our host families, in some rare cases the “chemistry” may just not match. In such a case we will of course support you, and first try to sort things out with your hosts. However, if you don’t feel comfortable continuing your stay with the family, we will try our best to arrange a new host family for you quickly.

Can my friends and family visit me?2018-12-12T18:56:28+00:00

Yes, your family and friends are welcome to visit you during your stay as an au pair in Chile. However, you should discuss this with your host parents first, so that they can make the necessary arrangements.

Do I need an international driving licence?2018-12-12T18:49:57+00:00

Yes, for most Latin American countries an international driving licence issued in the drivers home country is required. This document can be issued by your local road traffic authority (e.g. Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency or Department of Motor Vehicles).

Do I need to apply for a visa?2018-12-12T19:17:38+00:00
Most EU citizens can visit the Latin American countries in our programs visa-free for up to 90 days as a tourist (e.g. to travel or to participate in a Spanish course).
To work as an au pair in Chile you need to apply for a “temporary resident” visa which will allow you to stay in the country for up to 12 months. We will help you with your visa application and the necessary formalities. Please note that visa requirements may differ depending on the applicants nationality. For reliable information about the requirements applicable to you, please visit the website of the Chilean Embassy in your home country.
Do I need to speak Spanish?2018-12-05T19:59:21+00:00
Yes, Spanish is essential if you really want to experience South America and make new friends quickly. However, your Spanish doesn’t have to be perfect, but you should have a basic vocabulary and be able to have simple conversations.
If you don’t speak any Spanish yet, you can book a course through us and get up to speed in just a few weeks.
How long can I work as an au pair?2018-12-05T20:01:12+00:00

The minimum time to work as an au pair is 3 months and you can stay for up to 1 year. Many families prefer if their au pair stays between 6 and 12 months.

How safe is traveling in South America?2019-01-20T09:39:58+00:00
Is it safe to travel in South America?2018-12-12T19:45:32+00:00
Is South America safe to travel?2019-01-20T11:54:08+00:00

The short answer is: Yes!

However, like many places around the globe, there are some neighbourhoods and locales that should be avoided as they can be dangerous for foreigners. That being said, for every bad travel experience, there are thousands of other travellers who visit South America without any problems at all. The key to staying safe is to act sensibly and stay aware of the risks.

On arrival in Chile, our au pairs will have an orientation meeting with a local member of our team, who will also discuss the “do’s and don’ts” to get you started. Also, we encourage all our clients to consider the following:

When do I have to pay the program fee?2019-01-12T10:07:16+00:00

The program fee for your AuPair BASIC, PLUS or EXPLORER package is due in full within 2 weeks after you accept our offer or 4 weeks before your arrival in South America – whichever occurs first.

In any case, you can rest assured that we will not issue an invoice for you until the matching process has been completed and you agreed to accept the invitation of your preferred host family. And if you change your mind during the matching process, we won’t charge you at all.

When should I apply?2018-12-05T19:54:38+00:00

In many cases we can arrange a program in as little as two weeks. However, we strongly recommend a longer lead time of at least six weeks. This gives you more time to get ready for your journey and your host family can better prepare for your time together.

Where do I stay during the Spanish course?2019-01-20T00:10:47+00:00

AuPair PLUS: The school is situated in downtown Santiago and during your Spanish course you will already stay with your au pair family. Most host families live in the suburbs, but you will be able to commute to and from the school with public transport.

AuPair EXPLORER: Your travel package includes accommodation (dorm bed, breakfast) in a top-rated hostel near the school. Other types of accommodation (e.g. hotel, private or shared apartment, host family) can be arranged upon request (additional costs may apply).

Which destinations do you offer?2019-01-20T00:26:41+00:00

Our au pair program is available in Chile, where most of our host families live in the greater Santiago area. If you choose our AuPair PLUS package, your Spanish course will take place in downtown Santiago.

The AuPair EXPLORER package gives you the opportunity to experience another country apart from Chile. You can choose from our school locations in Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica. Your transfer to Chile after the course is included in the program price.

Will I be able to take time off?2018-12-12T19:10:36+00:00

Yes, of course. During the week you typically have two days off and you can also arrange with your host family for an extended period of time if you want to go traveling. For such vacation days, the rule is usually that you get two days for each full month worked, which can be accumulated for later use (e.g. 3 months work = 6 vacation days).

Will I get pocket money from my host parents?2018-12-05T19:57:41+00:00

Yes, in addition to free board and accommodation you will also receive an allowance from your host parents to support you with your leisure time activites. The amount can vary from family to family, but is typically about € 200 per month, depending on your work hours.