What exactly is an Au Pair?
As an au pair in Chile, you live with a Chilean family with children, so you are part of the family and experience the country’s culture up close. The typical tasks of an au pair include childcare and household tasks. That means, for example, taking the children to school, doing homework with the children, playing, doing handicrafts or singing. You may also accompany the children to sports and leisure activities and take them to the playground. Simply let us know your exact au pair requests in your inquiry. You can find an exemplary description of au pair positions in Chile in our job database.
How far in advance should I register?
It is recommended that you register as an au pair approx. 3-4 months prior to your intended start date so that you can plan and prepare your trip in peace. If you can’t wait to experience Chile, you can of course shorten the preparation phase. In general, there are no registration deadlines with us.
What are my chances of getting an au pair placement?
Due to our very good contacts with families in Chile, we can find a suitable au pair position for almost every one of our participants. Even if you don’t have any references or experience in childcare, we can find a family for you.
What happens after I register?
As soon as we have received your registration documents, we will start looking for a suitable host family for you. You can submit documents such as a background check, medical report, foreign health and liability insurance to us later. As soon as we have found a suitable family for you, which experience shows that takes between 4-12 weeks, we will coordinate a video call between you and the family. You have the opportunity to get to know each other and to clarify open questions. If it is a match and you can imagine spending time together as an au pair, you will receive a confirmation with all participation documents.
Is a certain duration or start date required?
You determine the duration and start date of your au pair stay yourself. The absolute minimum duration, however, is 3 months. The maximum duration is 12 months.
What are the working hours for an au pair in Chile?
Of course you may have to be there for the children on the weekend or in the evening. However, the total working hours are between 30 and 40 hours per week.
Is there certain previous knowledge required?
Prior knowledge is not required. Experience in childcare or similar areas is of course an advantage, but not necessary. Anyone who loves children, is responsible and reliable can take part in an au pair in Chile. We also do not make any restrictions on citizenship. Our au pair placement is available to participants from all over the world.
What language skills do I need to have?
Depending on the family, different levels of Spanish and /or English and German are required. Knowledge of Spanish is of course also beneficial for life outside your family.
Even if you don’t speak any Spanish or very little, that’s no problem. In the Spanish schools we have selected, you will reach the required language level in a few weeks before you start or during your au pair stay. A minimum course duration of 4 weeks is recommended for beginners.
Can I register for an au pair even if I don't speak Spanish yet?
Yes, because even if you don’t speak Spanish or speak very little, that’s no problem. In the language schools we have selected, you will reach the required language level in just a few weeks before you start or during your au pair. A minimum course duration of 4 weeks is recommended for beginners.
Do au pairs get paid?
Your host family will provide you with accommodation in a single room and full board. In addition, you will receive monthly pocket money from your family for personal expenses and leisure activities. The average pocket money is between 250 and 400 USD.
Do I get to know my family in advance?
Yes. It is an important part of the registration process that we have a video call with you and your family. Therefore both parties have the opportunity to get to know each other and to ask open questions.
Does an au pair have to cook or clean?
No. An au pair is not a maid, but rather responsible for looking after the children. Simple activities such as tidying up, vacuuming or cooking simple dishes for the children can be secondary tasks.
Is there an age limit?
The minimum age for an au pair stay in Chile is 18 years. There is no upper age limit. Most of our participants are between 18 and 40 years old. We are also happy to place older participants as so-called “granny au pairs”.
Where do I live during my au pair stay?
You live in the host family’s house. You get a single room and full board. You are part of the family and thus have the unique opportunity to expand your cultural and linguistic skills.
Will I be picked up from the airport upon arrival in Chile?
Usually you will be met by your host family at the airport. If your host family cannot pick you up, we will be happy to organize your airport pick-up for you.
Will my parents still receive children benefits?
We will send you a certificate of attendance for your au pair work to present to your child benefit fund. The respective clerk at your child benefit fund will decide whether or not the child benefit will continue to be paid. Unfortunately we have no influence on this.
Tip: If you do the au pair work e.g. as a preparatory internship for your studies or e.g. if you want to study languages, this can have a positive influence on the decision on whether or not to continue paying child benefit.
What insurance is needed for my au pair stay in Chile?
In order to participate in an au pair program in Chile, you need at least a foreign health insurance plan so that you are insured in the event of illness or an accident. We offer travel insurances that are tailored for an au pair stay in Chile and offer additional protection (illness, accident, liability, luggage) at affordable monthly premiums. You can inform yourself about the conditions and costs here.
Do you have a 24 hour number for emergencies?
Yes. In the very unlikely event that problems arise during your stay in Chile, we are of course always at your side. Regardless of whether the problems are related to your au pair role or are of a different nature, we are happy to help you at any time. With the confirmation of your au pair job, you will receive a 24-hour emergency number from us. This means that you can reach us outside of our business hours in an emergency.
Do I get a certificate for my au pair stay?
Yes. After the successful completion of your au pair, you will receive a confirmation of participation from us.
What does it cost to find an au pair position?
After a binding registration, a deposit is due. The remaining costs only arise after successful placement. If a successful placement is not possible, you will of course receive your deposit back. You can find all information about the costs here.
More information about Au pair in Chile
All information on prices for an au pair position in Chile and the registration process can be found here. You can send us a non-binding inquiry and we will answer all your questions! Of course, you can also register directly and secure a suitable au pair job immediately.