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BELGIUM

Do you want to be an au pair in Belgium? Read on for more information and many useful tips for your au pair stay in Belgium.

Belgium as an Au Pair Destination

belgien aupairDo you want to experience a multicultural society in a modern state? Then you will definitely love Belgium!

 

It doesn't matter if you stay in a big city or in the country –  wherever you go, you will meet nice, hospitable people that will be eager to teach you more about their culture.

 

The Kingdom of Belgium is a country that is divided into three different regions: the Flemish part, the German part, and the French part. In the heart of the country lies Brussels, the European metropolis.

 

Being an au pair in Belgium, you will learn a new language very quickly by becoming an active part of the Belgian family life. Which one of the three languages will you end up learning? That's up to you!

 

Au Pair Requirements for Belgium

  • age: between 18 and 26/30 years
  • no children, not married
  • good health
  • clean criminal record
  • if possible, nonsmoker
  • it is an advantage to have a driver's license
  • basic level of either German, Flemish or French is a must

 

Au Pair Working Hours in Belgium

An au pair in Belgium works between 25 and 35 hours per week.

  • babysitting – 2/3 times a week
  • free time –  one day off per week and once a month, a whole weekend off
  • vacation– two weeks per year

 

Au Pair Salary in Belgium

An au pair in Belgium earns around 300 to 450 Euros per month. If the au pair stay lasts at least 6 months, the host family pays at least 50 Euros per month extra for travel expenses. It is easier for the host family to deposit your au pair salary directly into a bank account, so make sure to open up a bank account once you arrive in Belgium. Your host family can help you with this.

 

Duration of the Au Pair Stay in Belgium

An au pair stay in Belgium lasts between 6 and 12 months.

 

Health Insurance in Belgium

The host family has to take out a health insurance and casualty insurance policy for the au pair, in case the au pair gets sick. In Belgium, the host family has to pay for the au pair's insurance.

 

Au Pair Expenses in Belgium

Usually, the au pair pays for travel expenses, but the host family has to pay for the transportation to the language school.

 

Au Pair Visa and Entry Regulations in Belgium

Au pairs from EU countries can enter Belgium with a valid ID or passport. However, the documents have to be valid until three months after the end of the au pair stay. Upon arrival in Belgium, you have to register your stay with the local authorities. Au pairs from non-EU countries have to have a work permit for Belgium.

 

Language Courses in Belgium

Au pairs have the possibility to take language classes. The au pair usually pays for these classes. In some cases, depending on the agreement with the host family, the host families will pay for part of the expenses for the language classes. Depending on where your host family lives in Belgium, you will take either Dutch, French, or German classes.

 

In Belgium, language schools have to be officially certified. Private classes, online courses, or private institutes that are not certified will not be recognized for a job or college application.

 

Information for your au pair stay in Belgium

Official languages: Dutch, French, German
Capital: Brussels
Surface Area: 30.528 km²
Population: 10.951.266 (2011)
Emergency numbers: 100 fire department
100 ambulance
101 police

 

Popular au pair cities in Belgium

  • Anderlecht
  • Antwerp
  • Brussels
  • Bruges
  • Charleroi
  • Ghent
  • Liège
  • Namur
  • Löwen
  • Schaerbeek

 

More information about "Au Pair in Brussels" here!