What is an au pair granny and how can you become an au pair granny?
Find here facts and figures about the au pair granny and how to become an au pair granny.
Au pair as a granny? The au pair granny is relatively new.
It’s a new concept meant to bring together the experienced woman between 45 and 70, the au pair granny, and the host family in Germany and Europe. The usual au pair program age limits don’t apply to the au pair granny.
As visa regulations are more complicated overseas, the concept of an au pair granny so far only exists in countries of the European Union.
Unlike the classic au pair program , where girls and boys both can participate, the concept of an au pair granny is only for women.
It is not known if an au pair grandfather ever worked in a host family and the agencies so far only place older women as au pair grannies.
In order to be happy with your work as an au pair grannyyou have to fulfill certain requirements :
Staying abroad as an au pair granny is more like a private trip. Neither your travel expenses as an au pair granny are payed for nor will you receive a salary or pocket money as an au pair granny.
Often, as an au pair granny you get different rewards, for example food and drinks, theater tickets, transportation tickets, entrances …! There are many options.
As an au pair granny you have to take out your international health insurance and also pay for it. It is also not exactly clear if you live with the host family. It also could be that you live in a little bed and breakfast or in a hotel close to the host family. There is no legal framework for au pair grannies and you have to see the details as au pair granny directly with the host family. As an au pair granny you are basically the substitute grandmother abroad.
There are some au pair agencies that are specialized in au pair grannies and exclusively find host families for them. For successfully placing an au pair granny in a host family, the agency charges a fee of 200-300 Euros. As an au pair granny you have to add to that your travel expenses and maybe accommodation fees, which depend on the situation of the host family and the country.
Please keep in mind that many house holds have house keepers so as an au pair granny your main task is to take care of the children. Talk about this with your host family beforehand.