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Au pair in Belgium – if you love working with kids

As an au pair – a temporary member of a guest family – you can gain work and life experience in another culture.

Au pairs take care of the children in a family and may also be expected to help with household chores. In return, the family offers full-board accommodation and some spending money. You'll have social security and health cover, but will usually have to pay travel costs yourself.

Unless you have personal contacts, the best way to arrange a placement is by using a specialist agency or organisation, though be prepared to pay them a small fee for this.



What are the main conditions?

  • Old being de18 the years at least and not to have reached(affected) the age from 26 years to the date of the granting of the authorization of activity(occupation) and the work permit;
  • Make a commitment to occupy no employment(use) in Belgium during the duration of the au pair investment(placement);
  • Have a basic knowledge of the usual languageof the host family
  • It’s not essential to have specific experience – though being able to demonstrate you've spent time with children certainly helps.
  • A driving licence is not always required, but an advantage.



How to get started?

  • Plan early – there are not usually any application deadlines, but allow sufficient time to find the best match and clarify all formalities.
  • Check qualified agencies and organisations for au pair placements (see below). If you need assistance, contact your nearest Eurodesk.



Where to look:

Au pair box – wide choice of qualified au pair agencies, with a chat room and forum for sharing experience

Au pair search – global search facility for finding a host family or au pair agency, advice on work permits and discussion forum

Au pair world – worldwide au pair database

Find au pair - matching au pairs and families from around the world, discussion forum, visa information and links to agencies

International Au Pair Association - access to organisations active in all aspects of au pair and cultural exchange programmes

Published: Thu, 16/05/2013 - 14:14

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