Au Pair Abroad

Connecting you to the best agencies in SA

What do we do

We’ve done the research into agencies so you don’t have to do the research yourself or run the risk of being scammed.

We’ve compared fees, smoothness of procedures, au pair experience, popularity and location. 

What is an au pair

An Au Pair is a foreign exchange nanny/helper who works for, and lives as part of, a host family. 

Au Pairs are, typically, responsible for childcare and light housework duties around the house i.e. children’s laundry, cooking, cleaning kids rooms and etc.

An Au Pair will provide child care services in exchange for a place to stay, meals, and weekly stipend pay ($195.75). 

Most Au Pairs participate in the Au Pair Exchange Program for the valuable cultural experience of living abroad and are treated more as a family member than as an employee.

General requirements

  • Have to love kids and love working with them!
  • Aged 18-26 years old (18-29 for some European countries)
  • Driver’s license (There are exceptions)
  • Grade 12 certificate or high school equivalent
  • Childcare experience (200+ hours)
  • South African or Namibian citizenship
  • Single and no dependants 
  • Fit and healthy 
  • No criminal records.


Most frequently asked questions

Babysit none family members, volunteering at an orphanage/creche, working at summer camps or any form of child supervision.

Yes, if you’re currently in your matric year, and/or considering au pairing after high school, you can begin the procedure. However, you’ll only be eligible to leave the country once all documents are provided i.e. matric certificate, drivers licence and etc.

Matric certificate or high school equivalent, criminal record check, medical check, childcare and character references, drivers licence (Documents will be provided by agency after signup)

Yes, most European countries will accept none drivers. Sadly, it has become a requirement, for most agencies, in the US. Some agencies may still accept you into the US au pair program but you will wait a longer time to match with a host family.

No, there are fees involved. Fees cover your flight to your chosen country and your flight back home, medical and accident travel insurance during your stay, your own room and full board (You will stay in the same house as your host family)

Yes, however, most families aren’t looking for guys, and if they are, they’re  looking for older/mature guys who are good cooks, excellent drivers and have great childcare experience. Guys can expect to take a longer time to match with a host family because most families prefer girl au pairs than guy au pairs (AKA bro pairs)

NB* If you’re interested in an alternate exchange program then contact us for more info

  • Signup fee:  R3700
  • Program fee: R6500
  • Visa: $160
  • Total = ±R12 700
  • NB* There are other fees such as: criminal record check,  medical check, recommended spending money, and gifts for your host family.

Total fees are not paid at once. As you complete each stage of the procedure you’ll pay as you go along.


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Driver's license